Last Friday marked the start of London’s five-day fashion week; the British capital’s first fashion week since Britain voted to leave the European Union after a referendum back in June. Even though international brands such as Versace, and Greece-born designer Mary Katrantzou exhibited their collections, as well as the British brand Burberry revealing its success by showing men and women’s clothes together for the first time, fears and concerns about the future of the British fashion industry still remain.
Benedetta Barzini #LondonFashionWeek is often a celebration of youth culture, but today at Simone Rocha’s show, the elegance of age was on display. Featured alongside current runway stars including Mica Argañaraz and Adwoa Aboah was a series of modeling legends: Jan de Villeneuve, the 70-year-old British star who posed for David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, made an appearance, as did Benedetta Barzini, the Italian actress, model, and Irving Penn muse whose image helped to define 1960s standards of beauty. Fans of Peter Lindbergh’s evocative portraiture were sure to recognize Marie Sophie Wilson, whose otherworldly presence was regularly featured in magazines during the ’80s and ’90s, as well as Cecilia Chancellor, the perennial British stunner who has been an industry standard for more than three decades. Vogue FEBRUARY 19, 2017 1:08 AM by JANELLE OKWODU