Despite child-labor regulations that protect models under the age of 18, youth is that perennial currency in fashion (an industry in which someone can achieve “seasoned” status, or even retire, by the age of 23). But this season, much to our delight, the runways were filled with beautiful, successful models over the age of 30.
Naomi Campbell made appearances at Diane von Furstenberg and Emilio Pucci. At Lanvin, Alber Elbaz cast ten models who were 30 or older, and Jean Paul Gaultier rounded out his ready-to-wear swan song with older women led down the runway by shirtless men. Click through our slideshow below to see all the models over the age of 30 at the spring shows.