Kate Upton joins the supers at Cannes fashion show – but can the Sports Illustrated cover girl hold her own
13:54 GMT, 28 May 2012
Success: Swimsuit model Kate Upton was in a fashion show at the amfAR gala in Cannes
It's no secret that she is dying to forge a career in fashion and it seems that Kate Upton may have finally made it.
The Sports Illustrated cover girl, 19, was one of 20 models that took part in a completely monochrome fashion show staged at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS event in Cannes last night.
To add further credibility, the runway show, which was staged at the Hotel du Cap, was styled by ex-French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld.
The New York-based swimsuit model joined established models including Karolina Kurkova, Kate Upton, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Donaldson and Lindsay Wixson.
The starlets walked the catwalk dressed in all-black designer clothing.
Unfortunately, Miss Upton's dress paled in comparison to many of the other designs that were modeled.
The dress hugged her body in some place but not others, appearing as though it was incorrectly fitted to the model's figure.
Although it is not clear which designer created the dress, it was most certainly a well-crafted garment.
Designer labels that featured in the show included Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy and Versace.
Other models included Victoria's Secret's Toni Garrn and French beauty Aymeline Valade, who was a runway fixture during the recent fall/winter 2012 Fashion Week season.
Brazilian stunner Ana Beatriz Barros, who has also modeled for Victoria's Secret, also took part as did fellow Brazilian beauty Isabeli Fontana.
The clothing, which spanned from red carpet gowns to bath robes, were chosen by Ms Roitfeld based around 'her idea of the perfect black wardrobe', according to WWD.
It was the first-ever fashion show to be staged at the prestigious annual fundraiser, which is considered to be the Cannes International Film festival's hottest ticket.
Black beauty: The show featured models (above), including Lily Donaldson and Karolina Kurkova, dressed in all-black, who were each styled by ex-French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld
Chanel's chief designer Karl Lagerfeld was also at the event and posed for photographs with Ms Roitfeld.
The French editor, who is now working on a New York-based magazine called CR Fashion Book, was dressed in a skin-tight floor-length black Givenchy gown herself.
She added volume to the streamlined look by wearing large silver drop earrings.
The fashion maven rose out of her seat to give her models a standing ovation once the show had wrapped.
High fashion: Models Lindsay Wixson, left, and Karolina Kurkova, right, both took part in the fashion show
Working it: Lily Donaldson, left, also walked the runway as did Cara Delevingne, right, who also blew kisses
The entire collection of gowns were auctioned off as a whole collection after the show also, with funds going towards the organisation's medical research.
Dashing duo: The French editor, left, was joined by Chanel's chief designer Karl Lagerfeld, right
The collection was sold to an unidentified bidder for an undisclosed amount.
While the frocks rolled out in the one colour, no design was like any other.
Lily Donaldson's cutout design bared a thigh-high split to rival that of Anja Rubik's controversial Anthony Vaccarello creation from the recent Met Gala.
Lindsay Wixson sported an equally revealing number that was sheer from top to bottom.
On the red carpet, the British model wore a lemon yellow and white dress by an unspecified designer.
The dress which featured a white collar, was cinched at the waist with an oversized black belt.
Cara Delevingne wore an elegant long-sleeved design that featured gold zippers that ran diagonally down the sides.
The Burberry spokesman blew kisses to the crowd as she walked the runway.
As for her red carpet arrival, she wore an equally striking olive green Burberry Prorsum dress that gathered in parts.
The event also auctioned off art and 'massages' from Heidi Klum as well as 'bites' from Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrey.
Kim Kardashian was also spotted at the event in a canary yellow dress as she channeled Old Hollywood glamour for the evening.
Unlike many of her other Cannes appearances, she appeared sans her current super star boyfriend, singer and fashion designer Kanye West.