• Valentino held a runway show during Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday.
  • During the show, supermodel Kristen McMenamy tripped on her heels and fell down.
  • She walked the rest of the show barefoot.

A renowned supermodel took a tumble on the Valentino runway on Wednesday.

Celebrities, designers, and fashion fans are currently gathering in France for Paris Fashion Week, where top fashion houses including Schiaparelli, Viktor & Rolf, and Valentino are presenting haute couture collections.

Legendary supermodel Kristen McMenamy — who served as the face of both Versace and Chanel in the 1980s and 1990s, according to Vogue — walked in the Valentino show on Wednesday. But despite her years of experience, McMenamy struggled down the runway. 

While walking in a semi-sheer, bedazzled dress designed by Valentino's creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, McMenamy appeared to trip over her black satin heels and fall forward onto her knees, as a video shared on Twitter shows. 

McMenamy looked frustrated in the video when she fell, hastily removing her shoes and getting back up as she shook her head. She continued to walk down the runway barefoot, holding one shoe in each hand.

Another video taken after McMenamy fell shows the model throwing the shoes away from her and into the crowd watching the event. 

Kristen McMenamy walks the runway during the Valentino fashion show on January 25, 2023. Foto: Victor VIRGILE / Contributor / Getty Images

Although she seemed upset on the runway, McMenamy made light of the mishap on her Instagram page after the show. She posted a backstage photo of her gown being altered with the caption, "Before the Fall."

The Valentino show wasn't the first fashion show where McMenamy has fallen either.

In July 2022, she tripped while walking in a Jean Paul Gaultier show, which was guest designed by Olivier Rousteing of Balmain, according to Footwear News

Kristen McMenamy falls on the runway during the Jean-Paul Gaultier show during Paris Fashion Week on July 6, 2022. Foto: Pascal Le Segretain / Staff / Getty Images

Footwear News also reported that McMenamy kept walking in the show after attendees at the event helped her back to her feet, just as she did at the Valentino show.

Representatives for McMenamy did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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