She still looks great!
THEATRICS have always been part of a fashion show, but as designers vie for more column inches and web clicks, clothes are sometimes playing a supporting role to headline-grabbing gimmicks.
Karl Lagerfeld’s decision to invite former Chanel house model Ines de la Fressange, 53, to star in the label’s Paris runway show on Wednesday certainly turned heads. Lagerfeld’s show was a sartorial success and he also ticked this year’s big trend of using unconventional models.
Ellen DeGeneres swapped comedy for the catwalk in New York and designer Giles Deacon invited the legendary German model Veruschka, 71, to star at his London Fashion Week show. In Paris a pregnant Miranda Kerr took a spin down Balenciaga’s runway, and at Jean Paul Gaultier the size 28 singer Beth Ditto stole the show.
Not everyone was impressed. by the high jinks. British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman has long been a strong voice in opposition to the use of ultra-thin models and didn’t see Ditto’s appearance as a positive step forward. “Instead of a fuss being made about a few cause celebre exceptions on the catwalk, what I’d really like instead is for more models to be a size 10 rather than a size 8,” she told The Guardian after the Gaultier show.