Fashion always used to be thought of as a younger woman’s game, but in these thankfully more enlightened times, older models are claiming their place on the catwalks – and they are totally rocking it.
Designer Simone Rocha proved the point by sending older models down the catwalk to model her autumn/winter 2017 collection at London Fashion Week, and they proved without any doubt that beauty and style are timeless.
We’re not just talking about women just out of their twenties as ‘older models’ either. Rocha went much further and added a trio of stunning septuagenarians to her ground breaking show. Fashion lovers might already know about former model Jan de Villeneuve; she was famous for modelling for both Norman Parkinson and David Bailey.
Rocha also had Peter Lindberg’s muse Marie Sophie Wilson and Vogue cover girl and Italian model-turned-actress Benedetta Barzini to showcase her designs, and all three women looked stunning.
Just to make sure that younger women didn’t feel left out, 50-something Cecilia Chancellor walked too. Cecilia is recognisable from her ad campaigns in recent years for fashion icons Helmut Lang and Miu Miu.
Diversity – not just about older models
London Fashion Week is famous for being the first of the Fashion Weeks to promote diversity, and not just in age. Back in 2010, before Tess Holliday was a household name and the concept of plus size models was embraced, Mark Fast sent plus size models down the runway. Anti-age discrimination campaigners had been campaigning the shows before Simone Rocha impressed us all with her beautiful older models, and Teatum Jones opened his show with disabled models last Friday.
Wingz loves to feature women of all ages and sizes in reviews – last year we were delighted to be mentioned in Saga Magazine who called Wingz an ‘Under Outfit Sleeve Solution’ and we were also reviewed by Christine Dodd on her fabulous Flower Power Life blog. Christine said,
“For my first outfit, I’m packing this Phase Eight sleeveless dress. I am wearing Wingz underneath to give the appearance that it has sleeves. There are two reasons for this.
“Firstly, at 55, my arms are not as firm as they used to be. Secondly, cruise ships are a bit chilly in the evenings and as pashminas seem a bit passé now, I need a cover up. The Wingz were sent to me for the purpose of review and I think they look pretty good with this dress, so I’ll definitely be packing them.”
Are you a fashion-conscious older lady who loves Wingz? If so, we’d love to hear from you.
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