Schooling makes runway debut

Olympic star Joseph Schooling leading 40 models down the runway during the finale of the Hugo Boss fashion show as they presented the label's men's and women's fall/winter 2018 collections. Schooling was named a Hugo Boss ambassador in March.
Olympic star Joseph Schooling leading 40 models down the runway during the finale of the Hugo Boss fashion show as they presented the label's men's and women's fall/winter 2018 collections. Schooling was named a Hugo Boss ambassador in March.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Olympic champion Joseph Schooling took to the catwalk for the first time last night for the unveiling of the revamped Hugo Boss store at Marina Bay Sands (MBS).

Fronting the finale of the 20-minute fashion show, Schooling looked confident and sophisticated in a sharp, fitted suit and tie, as he led 40 models down the catwalk.

Though he had no modelling experience, the sportsman was at ease on the runway and waved cheerfully to the audience at the MBS Expo and Convention Centre.

Speaking to The Straits Times after the show, Schooling, 22, admitted that he was nervous. "Probably the second-most nervous behind the Olympics."

Asked if anyone had given him tips, the young swimmer said the show's producer advised him not to look too serious and to have fun. "I had a blast and hopefully, there will be more to come in the future."

Also lending their star power to the glitzy event were Hollywood celebrities Chris Hemsworth and Sebastian Stan, last seen as Thor and Bucky Barnes, respectively, in the blockbuster movie Avengers: Infinity War.

Like Schooling, Hemsworth, 34, is also an ambassador for the German luxury fashion house. Stan, 35, was recently in a campaign for the brand earlier this year. Ahead of the reopening of Hugo Boss' expanded store, which measures 5,500 sq ft, Australian actor Hemsworth met more than 300 fans at the Sands Theatre Foyer.

At yesterday's fashion show, Hemsworth and Stan were seen enjoying the fashion show from the front row, as Schooling and the models presented the label's men's and women's fall/winter 2018 collections.

The swimming champion was named a Hugo Boss ambassador in March, after announcing that he would turn professional.

The label has rolled out a limited edition five-piece capsule collection featuring a polo shirt, T-shirt, shorts, bag and towel. Prices range from $199 to $259.

Inspired by the swim star, the collection features sporty blue-and-yellow stripes, symbolic of water and gold respectively.


Correction note: This story was edited for clarity.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'Schooling makes runway debut'. Print Edition | Subscribe