Mature Models Take the Runways

Now that the spring 2015 international collections have come to a close in the fashion capital of Paris, there was a noticeable movement on the runways. (And we are tentatively calling it a movement because we hope it’s not a fleeting trend.)

But the shows were looking a lot more mature and gray when it came to the cast of models. Yes, there was still a preponderance amount of pubescent models strutting in the runways, but there were also a fair number of models over 40 – and some over 60 – strutting their stuff.

Why are designers suddenly embracing the mature woman? It could be anybody’s guess. Perhaps, after years of stoic-faced teens that look like an army of robots, the tide is turning for some personalities or a face that has some signs of a life well lived.

Whatever the reason, we applaud those designers who sent out those fabulous ladies of a certain age to model their clothes.

But this being fashion – an industry that worships at the altar of youth – there is still a long way to go. At Prada, one of the most influential fashion brands, there was a 14-year-old model walking the runway this season.

Pucci - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015

Naomi Campbell at Diane von Furstenberg

Jean Paul Gaultier - Runway RTW - Spring 2015 - Paris Fashion Week

Model at Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier - Runway RTW - Spring 2015 - Paris Fashion Week

Model at Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier - Runway RTW - Spring 2015 - Paris Fashion Week

Model at Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier - Runway RTW - Spring 2015 - Paris Fashion Week

Model at Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier - Runway RTW - Spring 2015 - Paris Fashion Week

Model at Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier - Runway RTW - Spring 2015 - Paris Fashion Week

Model at Jean Paul Gaultier

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Amber Valetta (40) at Lanvin

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Esther de Jong (40) at Lanvin

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Kirsten Owen (43) at Rochas