Some of the fashion world is fighting back against ageism, and Dries Van Noten is one of those boundary-pushing designers leading the charge.
The eponymous Belgian fashion house just celebrated its 100th runway show at Paris Fashion Week, and to fête the milestone, it paid homage to the models who made the brand into what it is today. The show was cast with faces whom Dries has worked with for decades, which, yes, meant it wasn’t a runway with nothing but wide-eyed 16-year-olds.
Instead, the 2017 Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear collection featured some of fashion’s dearests, with models in their 20s right through to those in their 50s. And what a welcome change it was.
We watched some of our favourite supermodels like Canada’s Yasmin Warsame, 40, who we adore, Trish Goff, 40, Alek Wek, 29, Debra Shaw, 40, Cecilia Chancellor, 50, and of course a slew of Belgian faces like Delfine Bafort, 37, Anne Catherine Lacroix, 38, and Hannelore Knuts, 39.
The message of beauty at any age is exactly what we need to see more of. Not only that, but these “older” women prove that gaining life experiences, wisdom and aging look amazing. We watched mothers and real estate brokers and activists walk this runway — and loved every minute of it.
Not to mention, does a 40-something woman really want to buying clothing that looks good on a teenager? We don’t know about you, but our body doesn’t really look the same as it did decades ago. And we, like Dries Van Noten, are more than okay with that.