The super-city mayor became a hero at the New Zealand Fashion Week yesterday, swooping to a fallen model's side.
When she tumbled off her high heels during Australian label Charlie Brown's show, Len Brown jumped to his feet to help her up.
The model promptly took off her shoes and made her way backstage to the sound of a cheering crowd.
Like many others in the audience, Brown commented afterwards that his heart went out to the young woman and he didn't understand why she was sent back down the runway a second time.
"But big ups to her," he said.
"She showed a lot of grace in a difficult situation. I want her to try for the All Blacks."
Brown was a fan of the Charlie Brown collection and said the label's presence at Fashion Week confirmed "it is a true, international fashion show".
"It's good the Aussies can come over here and give it to us in our own backyard."
Sally Ridge and her daughter Jaime were also front row at the show. Sally said it wasn't what she expected.
"But I thought it was great. I've fallen in love with a pair of pants [from the collection]... they were very casual, very me."
The collection, Naughty and Nice, sent 49 outfits down the runway that were a mix of Chinese-inspired prints and silks, glam-military prints and '40s inspired cocktail dresses.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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