The Straits Times
Published on Sep 11, 2012

Catwalk legends take centre stage at NY fashion week


NEW YORK (AFP) - Living legends from the earliest years of the supermodel era won big cheers and loud applause at New York fashion week on Monday, demonstrating that beauty has no sell-by date.

Carmen Dell'Orefice, 81, the Irving Penn and Salvador Dali muse who, more recently, lost her life savings in the Bernie Madoff investment fraud scandal, sparkled in a caramel gown at the climax of the Norisol Ferrari show.

Also walking the Lincoln Center runway for the New York designer, who launched her sophisticated ready-to-wear collection two years ago, were Carol Alt, 51, and Karen Bjornson, 60.

They displayed a work ethic as serious as any of their upstart teenage peers, with Alt revealing on Twitter how she was up before dawn to make it to the make-up table for Ferrari.