World"s oldest supermodel Carmen dell Orefice, 81, takes to the catwalk twice in one day at New York Fashion Week

World's oldest supermodel Carmen dell Orefice, 81, takes to the catwalk twice in one day at New York Fashion Week

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22:57 GMT, 11 September 2012

Octegenarian supermodel Carmen Dell'Orefice proved that she still has what it takes as she took the catwalk twice in one day at New York Fashion Week.

The 81-year-old New Yorker, who is known within the fashion industry for being the world's oldest working model, looked effortlessly chic as she showcased two contrasting ensembles.

At 9am she walked for designer Norisol Ferrari wearing a vintage-inspired caramel
gown, and then several hours later she changed venues and reemerged in a bold contemporary design by Finnish label Marimekko.

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Model Carmen Dell'Orefice walks the runway at the Norisol Ferrari Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Designer Norisol Ferrari's spring / summer collection featured looks that were reminiscent of 1940s glamour

Designer Norisol Ferrari's spring / summer collection featured looks that were reminiscent of 1940s glamour

All change: Several hours after making her first catwalk appearance 81-year-old Carmen Dell'Orefice walked for Finnish label Marimekko

All change: Several hours after making her first catwalk appearance 81-year-old Carmen Dell'Orefice walked for Finnish label Marimekko

Sporting a smooth complexion and svelte figure the 5ft 10in silver-haired star certainly turned heads.

She was joined at both shows by 51-year-old American actress and model Carol Alt. Together they had a combined age of 133 years.

Talking about her current modelling career Ms Dell'Orefice told Today: 'I don't know if it's good or silly. It's what I enjoy doing, and I'm able to do it.'

Manhattan-based designer Norisol Ferrari's spring / summer 2013 collection featured looks that were reminiscent of 1940s
glamour, and Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Rita
Moreno were mentioned as inspirations in the show notes.

Meanwhile Marimekko's line followed a bright and modern theme, with Ms Dell'Orefice walking barefoot in a long-sleeved technicolour jersey dress.

Carmen Dell'Orefice was joined at both shows by 51-year-old American actress and model Carol Alt - Together they had a combined age of 133 years

Carmen Dell'Orefice was joined at both shows by 51-year-old American actress and model Carol Alt – Together they had a combined age of 133 years

Model Carmen Dell'Orefice

Model Carmen Dell'Orefice

Model Ms Dell'Orefice openly admits that she uses fillers to help maintain a youthful appearance

Corinne Nicolas, president of Trump
Model Management, which represents Ms Dell’Orefice, said her presence
has helped redefine what society defines as beautiful, telling Today: 'I
see our young models who will look at her and be mesmerized by her.
She’s an idol.'

In the Today interview Ms Dell’Orefice openly admitted she has facial fillers to help delay the aging process.

Dell-Orefice, who got her break on
the cover of Vogue in 1947 aged 15, recently appeared along with other
mature models, including Beverly Johnson, Carol Alt, Isabella Rossellini
and Jerry Hall in the HBO film, About Face: The Supermodels, Then and
Now.

She added: 'I think
America may be growing up and accepting the fact that the bulk of life
exists beyond 50. Because demographically… the vast population is
over 50.'

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