I find 40 and 50 something women to be so appealing. I can't wait for my 50's: Jean-Paul Gaultier is not one to abide by rules. Despite the presence of singers Kanye West and Kylie Minogue, it was the former French supermodel Inès de la Fressange who stole the show. As the voluptuous 51-year-old strutted down the runway, the crowd cheered this one-time French queen of the catwalk. Clearly moved, she turned to wave at old friends and slipped off a cream jacket in front of the cameras.
Mr. Gaultier, also caught up in the moment, chased the former supermodel down the runway and practically wrestled her to the ground during the final moments of the show catching her just before she fell. Fashion models "are not just 14-year-olds," Mr. Gaultier said later. "There are no [age] barriers to beauty." The French designer explained that the curvy Ms. de la Fressange embodied the sexuality demanded his raunchy Spanish themed show, which also featured high-waisted pinstripe pants for women, suspenders and elbow-length gloves.
Ms. de la Fressange in the 1980s was the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with a haute couture fashion house - Chanel - and then went on to represent France's symbol of femininity, Marianne. She described how she felt nervous backstage with the other models, "surrounded by all those sexy little things."