Marking one of the biggest highlights of the fashion season thus far, supermodel Gemma Ward returned to the catwalk—opening Prada’s Spring 2015 show today—after an 8-year hiatus. The Australian model, who once worked with every top designer from Karl Lagerfeld to Valentino and Calvin Klein, famously bid adieu to modeling in 2006 to focus on her acting career, which included minor roles in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and “The Great Gatsby.” In 2013, Gemma signed with IMG Models Australia making many people wonder if she was planning a comeback — a rumor that we now suspect may have added weight.
As if Gemma’s return wasn’t treat enough, Miuccia also brought back Dutch supermodel Lara Stone to close today’s show— her first in nearly three years— following a lineup that include such fashion week regulars as Julia Nobis, Ondria Harden and Lexi Boling.
Not only does Gemma and Lara’s appearance solidify the fact that models are making their return to the spotlight (look no further than Vogue’s September cover or the major models who walked in other SS15 shows, like Abbey Lee Kershaw, Kristen Owen, or Maggie Rizer for proof), but it also gives us hope that the trend of casting celebrities and “It” girls as the face of major fashion brands has finally reached its end. Seriously, Hollywood scions are great and all, but can we really compare them to pros like Gemma and Lara? We think not.