Sam Smith makes their runway debut in wild Vivienne Westwood design

Sam Smith’s unexpected debut on the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week left a lasting impression on audiences, surprising many.

At Paris Fashion Week, the 31-year-old made a statement by showcasing bold outfits for designer Vivienne Westwood’s show, starting with an array of tartan prints.

Striding down the runway with a confident demeanor, the star sported blue and green kilt-inspired briefs, revealing their backside as they walked. Paired with a deep V-neck jumper, they accessorized the ensemble with a striking red-and-orange tartan cape and knee-high tartan socks in red-and-black, all complemented by off-blue and orange platform stilettos.

To complete the ensemble, they carried a giant wooden staff in their hand, adding an extra touch of dramatic flair.

Take a glance at the complete ensemble below:

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY – For Non-Editorial use please seek approval from Fashion House) Sam Smith walks the runway during the Vivienne Westwood Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 02, 2024 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)

Smith wore a black cover-up featuring a silver dotted top and a floor-length jacket with a mesh pattern, revealing glimpses of what lay underneath with holes near the thighs and upper arms.

They accessorized this ensemble with a mesh veil and a wide-rimmed hat that fully obscured their eyes.

Sam Smith wore an all-black ensemble for their second look on the runway. Credit: Peter White/Getty

Smith has showcased significant viral looks before, and this isn’t the initial occurrence.

In February of last year, the Grammy-award-winning star encountered considerable criticism regarding their outfit selections during their performance at the Grammys.

At the 65th annual Grammy Awards, Smith graced the grand stage alongside Kim Petras for a performance of their Number 1 hit, ‘Unholy.’

Shortly after the performance, it received harsh criticism on social media, with many labeling it “satanic” due to both Petras and Smith wearing blood-red outfits and being surrounded by backup dancers dressed as the Devil. Smith even adorned a red top hat with horns, further adding to the controversial imagery.

Sam Smith performs onstage during the 65th GRAMMY Awards in 2023. Credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty/The Recording Academy)

During their Gloria tour, which spanned various dates throughout 2023, we witnessed similar provocative fashion choices from Smith.

A standout outfit that caught people’s eyes was an all-black ensemble adorned with striking red and gold accents. Featuring a corset and puffy sleeves, Smith embraced a devilish aesthetic by pairing it with fishnet stockings, knee-high boots, and a top hat embellished with multiple red devil horns. To complete the look, they wielded a diamante-encrusted pitchfork, leaving a lasting impression on the audience.

Further enhancing the daring and provocative theme, other distinctive costumes included latex briefs paired with a long trailing veil, evoking a religious-core aesthetic. These outfits were notably worn during a performance of Madonna’s hit ‘Human Nature,’ adding an extra layer of intrigue and controversy to the stage presence.

Sam Smith also turned heads a few days after the Grammys at The BRIT Awards with this look. Credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty

Smith, renowned for their hit tracks such as ‘Stay With Me,’ ‘Too Good at Goodbyes,’ and ‘Unholy,’ has previously addressed the adversity they’ve faced, especially following their public revelation of being non-binary in 2019.

During an interview with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music show, they expressed that the toughest aspect of coming out was contending with the onslaught of public negativity.

“I think the only negatives in the struggle have been my public life and my job, and the amount of hate and negativity that came my way was just exhausting. It was really hard,” they told Lowe. “This isn’t me sitting at home Googling my name… it was in the news. It was hard not to look. I can deal with not Googling myself, not reading comments.”

“That’s something I can control,” they continued. “What people don’t realize with trans-non-binary people in the UK is… it’s happening in the street.”

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