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Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

On the catwalk


Ines de la Fressange, aged 51, on the catwalk for Jean-Paul Gaultier at the Paris Couture collections.

Fashion models “are not just 14-year-olds,” Mr. Gaultier said later. “There are no [age] barriers to beauty.” The French designer explained that the curvy Ms. de la Fressange embodied the sexuality demanded his raunchy Spanish themed show, which also featured high-waisted pinstripe pants for women, suspenders and elbow-length gloves.

Ines' curves and mine are slightly different in scale.

13 comments:

greying pixie said...

Well, I have heard that Jean-Paul does cut trousers to flatter curvy women, but Ines de la Fressange, beautiful though she undoubtedly is, could ever in a million years be described as having curves.

And please correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it Catherine Deneuve who was used to personify Marianne?

Linda - see what I mean about fashion journalists?

Toby Wollin said...

Yes, I thought the description of Ine de la Fressange as "voluptuous" was bordering on the ironic, personally. I guess because her pelvis is not sticking out of her body qualifies her for that.

lagatta à montréal said...

pixie, several Frenchwomen have been used to personify Marianne, including Deneuve and Inès de la Fressange. Bardot was the first.

Inès is a lovely woman, but has never been remotely curvy, or "voluptuous".

Geraldine Ryan said...

How is this woman curvy?

diane said...

i love how everyone thinks 51 is so old - she looks great 16 year olds look silly on the catwalk - she is NOT curvy!

gp said...

lagatta - mille grazie! You see, if you're not willing to show your ignorance, you learn nothing!

desertwind said...

Why don't my boobs look that good?

The Mighty J said...

She is "curvy"? Ummm sure, okie...I really need to visit my optometrist because really I can't see the "curves" on that woman.

Belle de Ville said...

Curvy????
By whose standards, gay male designers, and annorexic fashion editors?
Ines is rocking the runway, good for her at 51.

Belle de Ville said...

BTW...speaking of lack of curves...have you seen the Akris ad?
http://beverlyhillsbranche.blogspot.com/2009/02/curves-on-couture-catwalk.html

WendyB said...

She looks lovely and just glowing! (But not "curvy.")

Chris R. said...

Unless she is cleverly disguising a hunchback, I can't see anything resembling curves as I know them. This aside, she looks fantastic, very classy, very French.

Patricia said...

Belle de Ville, thank you for mentioning that appalling Akris ad. If she is a victim of tragic circumstances then I admire her imperishable style, but if not then what is this company saying?