Bright pastel suits, feline-printed safari jackets and blazers, and big floppy hats weren’t the only ’90s nostalgia that took the Sergio Hudson runway on Sunday night. The Black designer, who recently gained a lot of momentum after dressing Vice President Kamala Harris, not only paid tribute to the early aughts through his stunning silhouettes, but he opted to bring back not one but two of the era’s most iconic supermodels.
The audience went into an uproar when Beverly Johnson, the first Black model to cover U.S. Vogue, took the elevated stage (another nod to ’90s fashion shows) in a blush pink bodycon dress with a plunging neckline and ruffle hem. Johnson, 69, stunned the crowd with her effortless walk and statuesque poses, as if no time had passed since her runway heyday.
After showgoers thought Hudson was done with surprises, fellow supermodel legend, Veronica Webb, the first African-American to have a major cosmetics contract, took center stage on the runway.
The 56-year-old donned a hot pink satin zip-up jacket with a matching mini skirt representing all the nostalgic glamour that today’s generation has an affinity for. Her attitude and confidence matched the bold color she sported, which noticeably became a common theme throughout each model’s walk.
Personality also shined through as each model took the runway. Some gave a slight smirk to the audience, others a twirl, and groups of two and three took to the runway together at times. The show was oh-so ’90s yet quintessential Sergio Hudson: fun, bright, and enjoyable.
The show wrapped with Johnson leading the model brigade for the final walk down the runway. The superstar led the diverse crew of models, who she essentially opened doors and paved the way for in the industry, with a triumphant strut. Sergio Hudson’s runway was undoubtedly one for the culture and a tribute to Black in Fashion during Black history month, no less.
Ahead, check out some of our favorites from the iconic and bright ’90s nostalgia-inspired pieces from Sergio Hudson’s Fall-Winter 2022 collection.