The supermodel made her first red carpet appearance since the 2019 Met Gala in a look from Karl Lagerfeld’s spring 2007 couture collection for Chanel.
It’s been a number of years since Gisele Bündchen last made her way down a red carpet (her last appearance was for the 2019 Met Gala). Walking the Met steps tonight, however, Bündchen proved she was back to business following her divorce from Tom Brady. She wore a flamboyant look from the Chanel archive—that might look a little familiar to those who are fully paid-up fans of her style.
The Brazilian supermodel’s ethereal dress—cut from white silk tulle and embroidered with vertical stripes of sequins—was the bridal look in Karl Lagerfeld’s spring 2007 Chanel couture show. While the look was originally worn on the runway by Freja Beha Erichsen, Bündchen wore it for a fashion editorial that same year. Speaking to the Met Gala’s red carpet host La La Anthony, Bündchen said that she saw the design, remembered having worn it for a shoot, and immediately thought: “This is the one.” But the real star? That would be the sweeping cape embellished with feathers and camellia flower details that topped off the look. Tonight, her motto was clearly to go big or go home.
As a long-time muse of Lagerfeld’s—not only did Bündchen walk the Chanel runways countless times throughout the designer’s career, but she also served as the face of the brand across fashion and fragrance campaigns—the supermodel also took the opportunity to reflect on some of her favorite memories of the designer. “It’s hard to choose,” she said, before recalling a specific campaign shoot that saw her running through the streets of Paris at midnight barefoot. “I just love the memories with him and the times [we spent] together. He was a gentleman and a wonderful man, always so kind. I’m happy to be here to honor him.” With her radiant return to the red carpet tonight, Bündchen did just that.
This article was originally published on Vogue.