Lou Kenny is one of Australia’s most in-demand models. At 179cm tall, she has piercing blue eyes and wears a size 10 dress.
And she also happens to have grey hair and be 58 years old.
On Wednesday night, Kenny stole the spotlight in the Premium Runway 1 at the Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Appearing in an Albus Lumen top and skirt, Kenny received rapturous applause as she took to the runway.
She backed up her first exit with a Christopher Esber slip dress, which was styled with a T-shirt underneath, proving women of any age can wear Australia’s hottest designers.
The majority female crowd lapped up the runway show, which was presented by Vogue Australia.
The festival’s executive producer, Geraldine Frater-Wyeth, said festival goers can expect more diversity on the runway than ever.
“With the casting manager we put quite a few options forward. We put Lou Kenny [forward] to represent an older demographic on the runway. It was really well received by the stylist and the magazine,” she said.
No stranger to the festival runway, Kenny also starred in the festival’s opening weekend runways, albeit to a smaller crowd, in early March.
Her appearance follows New Zealand lingerie brand Lonely Lingerie casting a 56-year-old model in its latest campaign, as well as a plethora of models in their 30s and 40s at the international fashion shows that just wrapped.
At the couture shows in January, 85-year-old Carmen Dell’Orefice stunned in a red design by Guo Pei to close the show for the Chinese designer.
Wednesday night’s Melbourne show was as ethical as it was diverse, with designers Scanlan Theodore, Bianca Spender and and KitX also taking part.
Several of the brands are accredited with Ethical Fashion Australia, while observers noted others in the show also have good practices.
Earlier in the day, the festival hosted two parades by designers from Indonesia and China.
The Melbourne Fashion Festival continues until Sunday.vamff.com.au.