by Nancy Brenner
“I’ve been to hundreds of Fashion Week shows, and no one displays clothes better than 83-year-old model Carmen Dell’Orefice. But her foray was more of a novelty than the norm. What’s typical is teenagers’ ribs thrusting out so you want to throw a fur caplet onto the runway to keep the girls from catching the flu.
“But now comes news that esteemed 80-year-old author Joan Didion is the star of luxury line Céline’s ad campaign. We wonder: Will she strut the catwalk during Fashion Week?
“Selfridges’ new campaign, “Bright Old Things,” shines the spotlight on those 40 and up, creative types and entrepreneurs who changed career paths and tried new things. The campaign includes octogenarians such as Molly Parkin, 82, former fashion editor of The Sunday Times, and William Forbes Hamilton, also 82, a former artist, among other faces usually forgotten in the realm of fashion.