Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, 19, has become the first footballer to walk the catwalk for fashion house Balenciaga.
The France international is a favorite to model for the premium fashion brand at Demna Gvasalia’s second couture show on Wednesday, after attending multiple fashion events during Paris Fashion Week last month.
On the runway with him were actress Nicole Kidman, American socialite Kim Kardashian, and singer Dua Lipa.
To commemorate one of the most likely occasions on the fashion calendar, Balenciaga’s Instagram feed gave a presentation of the 51st Couture Collection.
The complete 14-minute video is:
Eduardo Camavinga and other football models
Eduardo Camavinga isn’t the first footballer who has walk the runway. Former Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin made a surprise cameo at Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton presentation in Paris in 2019.
Bellerin was stating that he was proud to be a part of the occasion.
“I’d been asked before but I didn’t think it was the right time then and when I got the news that Virgil wanted me to walk for his Louis Vuitton show it was a no-brainer,” the Spaniard told Vogue.
“I was on holiday but I needed to go regardless. I’m very happy [to have walked] – it felt really good.”
Balenciaga introduced its own ‘Soccer Sneakers’ [their words not mine] in 2020, and they put a hefty £595 price tag on the leather-free footwear.
The sneakers have been modified for everyday use rather than athletic activity, with the company’s famed insignia visible on a vintage folding tongue.
Balenciaga also released their own £612 football jersey built from mid-weight quality cotton with a stand collar a few months earlier to assist “further blur the barrier between sportswear and streetwear-indebted luxury.”
The collection made its debut at Paris Fashion Week.