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The fashion biz officially has a new close friend in funnyman James Corden.
The freshly inaugurated Late Late Show host — recently announced as the emcee of the upcoming CFDA Fashion Awards on June 1 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall — took a rousing turn on the runway Thursday night at Burberry’s spectacular “London in Los Angeles” event at famed Griffith Observatory.
It’s not safe to say that he stole the spotlight with his show-ending strut down the runway because that would’ve been too tall a task for any newly minted A-lister when competing with a front row that included Anna Wintour and the entire Beckham clan (Harper, Cruz, Romeo, Brooklyn, David and Victoria). But the 36-year-old London native did decidedly earn his share of runway fame with a Naomi Campbell-approved walk. (The supermodel gave up her closing slot for Corden, apparently).
Halfway through the nearly 40-minute presentation that included dramatic vocal offerings from a stream of soulful and strong British solo acts (and Burberry friends) such as George Ezra, Tom Odell, Clare Maguire and Benjamin Clementine, Corden left his seat next to Wintour to dash backstage to prepare for his debut. The First Battalion Grenadier Guards led the models from the runway to the observatory grounds for the afterparty, and when Campbell appeared, the lucky invitees started clapping, thinking the show would close with the famous stunner.
Then Corden appeared and did his best Derek Zoolander to whistles and thunderous applause before taking a bow alongside Christopher Bailey and current Burberry campaign stars Jourdan Dunn and Campbell.
When we spotted the comedian on the moonlit grounds less than an hour later, we had to ask how it all went down. He told us: “Christopher sent me an email like three days ago. Burberry has been very kind, always, to me, and they dress me quite a lot for the show. He sent me an email saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if you did something at our show for your show? Naomi Campbell came on my show last night, and we filmed her walking down a runway, and we shot backstage here — me and her shot a little bit here on the runway earlier today — and that will play on our show on Monday. The whole thing is so silly, and it speaks a lot about Burberry as a company. They are the best because they take what they do very, very seriously, but they don’t take themselves seriously at all. And that is a beautiful thing to behold.”
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