Monica Bellucci, 53, returns to Dolce & Gabbana runway after 26 years

Work it! Monica Bellucci, 53, returns to Dolce & Gabbana runway for the first time in 26 YEARS – and is joined by a gaggle of white-haired GRANDMAS modeling very hip street clothes

  • The Italian actress and model has not walked for the design house since 1992
  • She returned to the runway this weekend alongside Naomi Campbell, 48, and Marpessa Hennink, 53
  • Dolce & Gabbana also cast several amateur models from the street, picking people of all ages
  • Several men and women who appeared to be over 60 or 70 walked in the show, including a group of four elderly women 

Dolce & Gabbana doesn’t seem to put much stock in the idea of ‘dressing your age’ — or even that models should all be under the age of 30.

At the designer’s menswear show in Milan on Saturday, several models with decades of experience under their belts took the runway, including 48-year-old Naomi Campbell and 53-year-old Monica Bellucci.

And it wasn’t just established catwalkers, either — the show also included a foursome of mostly white-haired grandmothers strutting their stuff in some superfly streetwear.

Sexy! Model and actress Monica Bellucci took to the catwalk this weekend

Strut, strut: The 53-year-old walked in Dolce & Gabbana’s show on Saturday

A long way: This was the first time she has walked for the brand since 1992

Spotlight: The Italian star was one of several famous face on the runway in Milan

Take a bow: She also came out with the designers at the end of the show

Naomi made the most headlines for walking in the show, but the 48-year-old is one of the most iconic supermodels of all time — and she’s never actually stopped working.

The same can’t be said for Italian actress and model Monica, who hasn’t walked for Dolce & Gabbana since 1992.

While Naomi wore a pinstripe suit, Monica also took on menswear, strutting in a fitted black tuxedo that hugged her trim figure.

The star wore her hair straight and shoulder-length, keeping her hands in her pocket as she walked for the crowd.  

‘I had no idea when I was 25 that at 50 I would still be working. It is a great discovery for me,’ Monica told the Telegraph last year. 

It helps that she takes good care of herself and still look incredible. She said she does Pilates and swims, gets acupuncture and facial massages, and lives by certain maxims like ‘It is not a matter of age, it is a matter of energy,’ ‘The body gets older but the soul younger,’ and ‘You can be old at just 20.’

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Supermodel: Naomi Campbell also walked in the show on Saturday

Happy: She wore a pinstripe suit and smiled as she walked in front of the crowd

Age is just a number: They were joined by Marpessa Hennink, 53

For the guys: Like Naomi and Monica, Marpessa also wore menswear for the show

A mix: The show featured models and also amateurs cast from the street, like Caterina and Alfredo

Timeless: Men and women of all ages walked, like Paola and Adriano

However, she added, she has noticed a shift in the way she is treated in Hollywood. 

‘When you are beautiful and you do something that is very strong, people say you are courageous, but they don’t say you are good. Now I am older, they say, “You are good.”‘

Yet she also acknowledges that attitudes toward aging women have changed. 

‘Sophia Loren, Lollobrigida, Silvana Mangano, could exist as icons after 40 but not as actresses. And I think today it is completely different,’ she said, citing Charlotte Rampling, Judi Dench, and Helen Mirren. ‘Women look at themselves in a different way today and because of that we are watched in a different way.’

And it’s true that Monica and Naomi weren’t just the token over-40s on the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana show this weekend.

The presentation spotlighted families and included models of a wide range of ages, including Dutch model Marpessa Hennink, 53, and male Italian model Franco Papagno, who has salt and pepper hair.

Sassy! A group of four grandmas also walked the runway together

Totally cool! They were dressed in funky, bold streetwear

So fly: The ladies wore bold patterns, sneakers, and sunglasses

She an OG-ma! The women looked at ease in the clothes, which look like they could be in a hip-hop video or on a streetwear Instagram account

Unknowns: The models were not identified by name but were among the amateurs cast from the street

Granny’s got it going on! The designers made a statement by casting women of all ages

Says who? It’s clear they don’t believe in the concept of dressing for one’s age

Friends: The women held hands and linked arms to walk the runway together

There were also quite a few ‘models’ who were cast from the street and are not professionals at all, including the group of four elderly women who walked together.

The ladies, who have not been identified, looked like they were having a blast as they posed together for the cameras.

One dressed in a sporty bomber jacket and matching pants with a bold red and blue pattern smiled wide as she linked arms with her fellow models. She kept her white hair tucked behind her ears to better show off a pair of Dolce & Gabbana branded gunglasses.

To her left was a woman in baggy streetwear topped with a pattern baseball cap, and they were also joined by two other women wearing loose, roomy outfits with bright, head-turning patterns that one might expect to see in a rap video. 

While the show was a cheerful one, it came just days after designer Stefano Gabbana came under fire for making rude comments about Selena Gomez and Kate Moss. 

Beauty in red: Fashion blog The Catwalk Italia shared five pictures of Selena Gomez, 25, rocking a red dress at events last week. Pictured far right is Selena in Gabbana’s design

Controversial: Stefano Gabbana commented on the photo, calling the famous singer ‘so ugly’

Brutal: The designer – who owns label Dolce & Gabbana with Domenico Dolce – also made controversial statements about same-sex families in 2015

Sultry: Gabbana targeted supermodel Kate Moss on the same Instagram account earlier in the week

Jealous? While many praised the mode’s ‘stunning’ ensemble, Gabbana simply wrote: ‘No’

The controversial designer shared his less-than-kind thoughts about 25-year-old Selena on a post by fashion news site The Catwalk Italia, which asked its 1.4 million followers to pick their favorite from a selection of five outfits worn by the singer. 

Though one of the dresses was a Dolce & Gabbana design, Gabbana didn’t praise that one, but instead took to the comments section to write nasty words about the star. 

As Instagram account Diet Prada pointed out, the 55-year-old wrote ‘She’s so ugly!!!’ under the picture, a comment which immediately sparked a flurry of outraged responses from Selena’s fans.

Earlier in the week, he’d also commented on a picture of Kate Moss in another post from The Catwalk Italia. The account had shared pictures of the 44-year-old model wearing a $4,007 playsuit as she headed to a Saint Laurent fashion show in New York City.

While many praised the fashion doyenne’s ‘stunning’ ensemble, Gabbana simply wrote: ‘No.’ has contacted Dolce & Gabbana for comment. 


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