Burj Khalifa stages vertical catwalk show

The event featured acrobats and was to promote Dubai Shopping Festival
By Salma Awwad
Wed 22 Jan 2014 12:04 PM

Fashion models took inspiration from Tom Cruise by scaling the outside of Burj Khalifa during the staging of a vertical fashion catwalk on the world’s tallest building on Monday night.

Click here to see images of the vertical fashion show

Hollywood star Cruise performed his own movie stunts on the outside of the tower during spy thriller 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol' in 2011, but the latest event was to garner media attention for Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2014.

The invitation-only fashion show, staged in partnership with Etoile “La boutique”, and in association with the Burj Khalifa and Paris Gallery, presented haute couture creations from leading brands in an aerial show.

Six acrobats dressed in shimmery body suits and suspended from waist harnesses strutted down the vertical ramp. The trained performers executed mid-air maneuvers as they descended the side of the Burj Khalifa with coloured sashes and at one point, with giant DSF shopping bags.

The aerial performers were joined by ten models on the ramp extending onto the Armani Pavilion, who showcased an array of more than 40 Spring/Summer looks presenting the season’s latest trends, with hair and make-up done by Paris Gallery.

DSF has in the past staged the Express Fashion on the Metro show in 2013 and the Longest Catwalk at DSF 2012 was held in The Dubai Mall.

The 19th edition of the DSF commenced on January 2 and will go on until February 2 under the theme “Shop at Your Best”.

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