81-Year-Old Model Carmen Dell’Orefice Stole The Show At Norisol Ferrari

For the past five days, we’ve been seeing the same familiar teenage faces pout their way down the runway, show after show. So it’s refreshing to see a designer buck the trend and cast women aho may just be (gasp!) around the same age as their customer. Norisol Ferrari did just that at her show yesterday morning, sending icons like Carol Alt, Alva Chinn, and Carmen Dell’Orefice down the catwalk amidst some of the fresher faces. The industry vets were a huge hit with the crowd, especially since they didn’t just do the old walk-turn-repeat favored by most designers these days. Chinn, for her part, sashayed leisurely down the runway, stopping to strike a seductive pose or two along the way. The silver-coiffed Dell’Orefice, too, interrupted her walk to elegantly mug for the cameras, eliciting much hooting and hollering from the audience.

It was a lot of enthusiasm coming from a crowd consisting largely of Upper East Side types. But then, these were definitely clothes for the confident, mature, and above all sophisticated woman. There was a definite femme fatale vibe to the collection, which included seaside separates paired with oversized hats, trim neutral pieces, and sweeping evening gowns. And while we’re not sure we quite possess the attitude to pull off the saucer-sized chapeaux, we have no doubt Dell’Orefice and crew would put today’s street style stars to shame under one of the toppers.

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