Paris Fashion Week's 51 Year Old Star

Thu, 01/29/2009 - 10:10
Submitted by Carlin Ross

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."

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She is beautiful and I love

Thu, 01/29/2009 - 15:52

She is beautiful and I love that the world of fashion is making the statement that 51 is still beautiful, but, curvy??  I wouldn't refer to her as curvy.

Is the fashion world saying

Mon, 02/02/2009 - 08:27
Anonymous User (not verified)

Is the fashion world saying that 51 is still beautiful? Or are they celebrating looking 20 at 51?

She is beautiful

Mon, 02/02/2009 - 08:27
Ishtar (not verified)

She is very beautiful and bravo to Gaultier for using an older woman but I have to say...she is not curvy. She is very slender. Only the fashion world would classify someone with her figure as curvy. LOL.

It would be great to see more older women in fashion (as models) as well as a greater variety of body shapes.

great to see

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 05:27
RitaT (not verified)

I disagree with the above postsers. I think it is fantastic to see beautiful women in their 40s or 50s making a big impact on the fashion catwalk. Thanks.
RitaT - Vintage UK.