It's no secret that fashion week runways typically employ models of a certain age—a young age. Catwalks across the globe from New York to London to Milan to Paris and beyond primarily feature women in their late teens to mid-20s. While we adore plenty of these ladies (Kaia Gerber, Taylor Hill, and Binx Walton come to mind), we can't help but long for representation of different ages. After all, these designers are selling to women at every age, and most women who can afford designer clothing are generally more established in their careers and, thus, older.
With this on the mind, we noticed a handful of fashion shows during New York Fashion Week that embraced age diversity and we immediately started taking note. From an artist who walked in the Maryam Nassir Zadeh show to a 69-year-old who marched down the catwalk in lingerie, scroll down to see the "older" models who killed it during S/S 19 New York Fashion Week, and shop our picks from each of the brands to embrace the movement.
Collina Strada S/S 19
Collina Strada/Tony Farfalla
Lydia Burdick, 69, made lingerie and Tevas look damn good, no?
Echkaus Latta S/S 19
We'd wear this chartreuse slip dress with a chunky knit and ankle boots for fall.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh S/S 19
Marryam Nassir Zadeh
Artist and designer Susan Cianciolo is our new favorite muse.
Mara Hoffman S/S 19
Model Fabienne Heymans is hair goals.
Tome S/S 19
What we'll be wearing on our next vacation, FYI.
Discount Universe S/S 19
Now that's what you call a statement sleeve.
Chromat S/S 19
We always appreciate Chromat's emphasis on representation.
Ralph Lauren Collection S/S 19
Ralph Lauren Collection
A dapper gentleman for good measure.
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