“Life doesn’t end when you start getting a pension,” de Villeneuve told The Telegraph. “Older women love fashion too. I’ve always thought it would be nice if people of all ages, shapes and sizes were included because that’s more relevant to day-to-day life.”
De Villeneuve, who first began modeling in the ‘60s, told the outlet that she took some time off to raise her daughters before returning to the profession in 1988.
“I was quite conflicted as a young model about making money from how you look. I’d gone to university and had a good degree so thought, ‘Should I be doing this?’” she told The Telegraph. “I railed against it when I was younger but now I don’t think about it because now I look like an older lady. It was lovely this weekend to see there was interest in women of my age.”
Below are photos De Villeneuve posted ― the first includes two other mature models who walked in the Simone Rocha show.
She also posted pictures from her walk for Osman:
De Villeneuve also regularly shares pictures of her high fashion past on her social media account, which include spreads shot by Mario Testino, David Bailey and Norman Parkinson.
More Jan de Villeneuve on the runway, please!
Jeremy Scott’s Moschino fall/winter 2017 show, a highlight on the Milan Fashion Week calendar, is starting over in Italy. Here, our editor on the scene Nikki Ogunnaike shares what’s happening on the runway—one where really anything is possible.
3:01 p.m. (9:01 p.m. Milan time): The show wraps. Jeremy Scott walks the entire cardboard runway in a top that reads “Couture is an Attitude.”
2:55 p.m. (8:55 p.m. Milan time): A dry cleaning bag becomes a gown:
2:51 p.m. (8:51 p.m. Milan time): Jasmine “Golden Barbie” walks in a dress that looks as if it was made from the pages of old fashion magazine editorials.
2:44 p.m. (8:44 p.m. Milan time): The show starts. Kendall Jenner, Gigi and then Bella Hadid open. A top is designed to look like it’s made from old paper bags with “recycle ❤️️” on the back.
Trench coats, knee high boots, and pumps crafted from what looks like old cardboard boxes appear on the runway. Skirt suits made from what looks like already-popped bubble wrap are also shown.
2:37 p.m. (8:37 p.m. Milan time): These are the Moschino show notes:
The runway is a taped-together cardboard box, in keeping with the up-cycling theme:
2:27 p.m. (8:27 p.m. Milan time): The show hasn’t started yet. The invitation is a folded-up piece of paper that resembles cheese. It arrived in a Moschino-branded mouse trap.
Bare is the new beautiful, as seen at this year’s fall/winter New York and London Fashion Weeks. From bare faces to bare chests, the most prominent trends included minimal makeup and sheer tops that showcased the natural body.
Kendall Jenner (outspoken about embracing her nude chest) kicked off the trend at the La Perla show in a glittering gown resemblant of Marilyn Monroe’s (then-scandalous) “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress. Numerous designers followed suit, flaunting the #freethenipple movement down the runway—including Naeem Khan, Jenny Packham, and AdamSelman, among others. Other designers such as Katie Gallagher have long created a name for themselves for their uncensored aesthetic.
For his debut as Calvin Klein creative director, Raf simons boldly showcased clear plastic tops for both men and women—bearing chests in equal measure. Prabal Gurung not only featured a few barely-there looks, but his finale sent models braless down the runway in feminist slogan t-shirts.
What the fashion industry has inherently done is desexualize female chests—displaying them not as objects of desire, but symbols of raw beauty. At least during Fashion Week, bearing all is no longer radical—it’s natural.
Another way beauty has been redefined is with makeup—or lack thereof. During a Pirelli panel at NYFW, photographers Peter Lindbergh and Steve McCurry, author Fran Lebowitz, and actress Jessica Chastain discussed the evolving definition of beauty.
Lindbergh, who has shot three Pirelli calendars including the 2017 calendar, explained how his idea of portraying female beauty is “not around perfect bodies, but on sensitivity and emotion, stripping down to the very soul of the sitters, who thus become more nude than naked.”
“What I’m drawn to in beauty is, honestly, the bare,” Chastain said. Lindbergh added, “Beauty is the courage to showing your real self. There’s beauty in truth.”
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