Here's a great story I wanted to share about French fashion model Ines de la Fressange.
As I am fast appproaching 50, (48) I was more than inspired by Ines and her return to the runway. If you've read my articles, the first one I wrote was "Use It or Lose It in 2008!" I've long been a proponent of beauty at any age and am so glad to see that the fashion world is finally getting a clue. Women who are healthy, energetic, and fit are gorgeous and beautiful at any age.
There is an ongoing debate about how the writer referred to de la Fressange as "curvy." She is obviously very thin, not what one would really call "curvy." Curvy seems to be more of an allusion to her age rather than her actual body build.The way I see it, there always has to be some slightly disparaging remark made about a woman over 40 or so and in this case the writer called her "curvy" instead of old. Too bad. This sister is rockin'! I applaud her and it keeps me encouraged to know I will just keep getting better with time.
Gaultier’s 51-Year-Old Runway Star: Inès de la Fressange
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week
French model Ines de la Fressange presents a creation by Jean Paul Gaultier for his Spring/Summer 2009 haute couture collection.
As always, this week’s Paris couture shows have been the stomping ground for stick-thin models with high cheek bones and clenched jaws.
But 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.”
Despite the warm reception from the crowd, she said her return to the catwalk was a one-off. “For me it was like a Sunday,” she said batting her eyelids. “This is not my job anymore.” –Max Colchester