Sir Ian McKellen shuts down the runway at London Fashion Week

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Celebrated British actor and LGBTQIA+ activist Sir Ian McKellen made a surprise appearance on the runway at London Fashion Week, and fans are living!

The 83-year-old star walked the catwalk for the first time in his life, opening the S.S. Daley AW23 show and giving the models a run for their money.

McKellen, who is known for his roles in films such as “The Lord of the Rings” and “X-Men,” was cheered on by the audience as he made his way down the runway.

McKellen’s attire for the show’s ‘Lost at Sea’ motif exuded a sense of effortless style, with the actor sporting a silk sailor’s cap, wide-legged trousers, and a navy peacoat adorned on one side with a depiction of a male nude sketch.

The collection reportedly takes inspiration from Kate Bush’s song ‘The Ninth Wave’, which features tales of shipwrecks and sailors.

After walking the runway, Mckellen gave a dramatic reading of the poem The Coming of Arthur by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

McKellen apparently was behind the idea, reaching out to designer Stokey-Daley and asking to open the show.

“You don’t say no to Ian McKellen,” Stokey-Daley told Vogue at a preview before the show. “To be honest, I couldn’t really believe it.”

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