LA MOCA Director Raises Eyebrows With Catwalk Turn

The fashion catwalk has a new star. And that star is… drum-roll please… Philippe Vergne, esteemed director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles.

On March 9, luxury fashion brand Hermès took over a warehouse next to the train tracks in downtown LA, and Vergne joined models for a turn on the runway, clad in a black top and neatly creased slacks, with a brown leather jacket and black sandals.

The French fashion house purportedly drew on the LA art scene for inspiration for the collection and the runway show, which cost $7 million to produce, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Graffiti-covered walls served as a colorful backdrop to the main event, which brought the brand’s spring 2017 menswear collection, first unveiled in Paris last June, to the West Coast.

In the audience, celebrities such as chef Bobby Flay and actress Dita von Teese were joined by Michael Govan, head of LACMA. But it was Vergne who stole the show by giving the crowd his best Derek Zoolander.

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