I have been in suspense for nearly a year, awaiting the release of Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming film Bruno. I caught some of the comedian’s hilarity first hand at the Spring Summer 2009 Vanessa Bruno and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac shows.  

At Bruno, Cohen in character as the Austrian fashion reporter, showed up wearing a sailor outfit and waving around an anchor. While Bruno crashing Bruno proved unsuccessful at the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac show, I was seated a mere few feet away from Sacha Baron Cohen after he successfully crashed the show (supposedly one of his reps called in saying Jude Law was coming). Standing on the sideline of the runway he tried shoving a piece of paper at the models, climbing over the crowd, and talking to people during the show before getting escorted out by security, only to come back and walk, cell phone in hand, on the runway alongside the models who remained stoic. He then disappeared backstage, much to the delight of the show’s attendees, most of whom had no idea who he was. 

Both of these antics seemed all in good fun, although I have to say that his walking around backstage wearing a Velcro suit at Agatha de la Ruiz causing racks of clothes to stick onto his body is less amusing.  It saddened me to see so much of the designer’s clothes seemingly ruined. That said, I have not seen the film nor do I know the back story, so I will just have to wait and see.


What I do know is that Bruno has been making the rounds – from London to Paris to Berlin – dressed in one unforgettable outfit after the other.  At the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Bruno showed-up for a “photo shoot” in a pink bodysuit complete with fake nipples and genitalia. 

In London, he wore a risqué version of the Buckingham Palace guards uniform. 

In Paris, he wore legless gold glittered lederhosen and showed up with a bevy of models.  In Madrid, he arrived at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in a horse-drawn carriage escorted by scantily dressed matadors, while he jet-skied in a cropped suit (complete with a red thong) and posed with nearly-nude male models in Amsterdam.

Bruno hits theaters in the United States on July 10th.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.