The Seine in Paris, France is famous for many things – a commercial riverbank filled with tour boats alongside floating restaurants, cafés and discos. It is also the river that Javert, the primary antagonist of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables drowned himself in. But as a venue and backdrop for an extravagant couture fashion show? Well, that’s surprising.

But here’s the deal with Jessica Minh Anh, she loves to transform the world’s most iconic landmarks into fashion show venues.

The talented Vietnamese born, Russian raised, and Paris-based fashion model and catwalk producer always challenge conventions and defy expectations with each staging of her ‘catwalks on water’ or ‘sky-high ocean catwalks’.

Be it at the iconic Eiffel Tower, London’s Tower Bridge, US’s Grand Canyon Skywalk and One World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers’ Skybridge, Sydney Harbour, and even right in the middle of a solar power plant in Spain. Her latest from the J Winter Fashion Show 2017 is no different either.

With only a month into 2017, the theatrical catwalk which was held on a giant glass boat, Le Jean Bruel, along the Seine River, saw models strutting their stuff on the 100-metre long floating runway, decked in dresses and gowns of 5 exquisite haute couture collections from various continents, and as if walking on water.


With priming by American luxury cosmetics and skincare brand Elizabeth Arden as well as UK’s salon ESHK, the guests who sat facing the multifaceted glass windows as the boat cruises through the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, as well as the 37 bridges, certainly had a good view when Jessica Minh Anh opened the show in the stunning white lace Princess Diana inspired haute couture dress from Indonesian talent Fetty Rusli, featuring a classic high neck, and a 2-metre long trail, as well as the spectacular couture looks which quickly ensued: 15 embroidered looks from Malaysian fashion house Emmanuel Haute Couture, a collection filled with modern classics from American designer Johanna DiNardo, meticulous fabric manipulation and advanced embellishment techniques in the timeless-yet-glamorous designs of Jakarta’s Maria Ruth Fernanda, and closing with a high note by making a statement with the dramatic laser cut details on luxurious silks, as well as a stunning 3-dimentional dress from Filipino designer Sari Lazaro‘s “Royal Secret Garden” collection, as seen on Jessica Minh Anh in the finale.

Indeed, as Madame Figaro stated “With Jessica Minh Anh, nothing is impossible.”


Fetty Rusli



Emmanuel Haute Couture



Johanna DiNardo



Maria Ruth Fernanda





Sari Lazaro





Watch the show here

Updated: 8 February 2017


We are looking forward to her next fashion show in April 2017.

Photos: J Model Management

Posted by:Jessica Ye

Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Couture Troopers, former editor of Designaré Magazine, and a first class honours graduate of Goldsmiths University of London's BA(Hons) Fashion Media & Industries Degree. She is a true-blooded leo who thinks that over-commercialism kills art.

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