Model Lauren Hutton is styled by Cathy Kasterine in ‘She Wears The Pants . . .” lensed by Vanina Sorrenti for Porter Magazine #31 Spring 2019./ Hair + makeup by Robrto Morelli
Supermodel Lauren Hutton rolls off her three Vogue Italia October 2017 covers -- making her the oldest model to front a Vogue cover -- into her main editorial, 'It is always today'. Hutton is styled by Patti Wilson in images by Steven Klein. / Makeup by Kabuki; hair by Ward
A bit is lost in the translation, but Vogue Italia provides a commentary on the cover story, written from the pov of a young woman about her Aunt Gloria, the independent woman. Reading online commentary around the editorial as images only, it's clear that the words cast a different perspective on the images -- basically called the greatest editorial waste in 20 years by some. Note that this editorial doesn't meet by expectations either, but enough with the melodrama. But then, most quick to comment rarely seek greater understanding on any topic. Vogue Italia explains:
"Aunt Gloria had clothes, shoes, and jewels. Not as a mother so slim, you want to shout: why do not you buy a fur? She remained the colorless woman without jewels or heels that I hated. Because that mom had touched me, I thought, why did not my Aunt Gloria be my real mom? . . .
Many a young girl has looked to her independent aunt as a role model. Read on for Gloria's story.
The always fabulous Tina Turner just lost her coveted spot as the oldest model to cover an issue of Vogue. Tina held the honor for her Vogue Germany at age 73 years and four months. Turner took the crown from Meryl Streep, who covered Vogue US in January 2012 at age 62. Not only does Lauren Hutton, at age 73 years and 11 months, now take over the honor but she does so on three Vogue Italia covers, lensed by Steven Klein, in an entire issue honoring women over 60.
Vogue Italia’s “Timeless Issue” hits newsstands Thursday, writes WWD. “The question to ask isn’t “Is old age having a fashion moment?” — the answer, in fact, is yes,” said editor in chief Emanuele Farneti. “Many runway shows and advertising campaigns already offer proof of this. Nor is it the nagging question about whether Millennials or the Baby Boomers who age gracefully, and who are flush with cash and eager to shop, will save fashion. Rather, we think that it is about inclusive diversity, the real challenge of today. This relates to gender, ethnicity and religion, and it is also true for age — no one feels excluded.”
Hutton, who has a record 27 covers of American Vogue and 13 other Vogue covers, believes “this is the most important.” It’s the cover that “has made me feel most useful. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but it took Vogue Italia’s courage to make it true. This is a cover that can change society, because it shows a woman who is vibrant, attractive, who still laughs, and who for the first time is a woman my age.”
Whispers drifted through Milan's Brera Academy with the launch of Bottega Veneta's Spring 2017 show. Was Lauren Hutton really returning to celebrate the brand's 50th anniversary?
Like an ethereal goddess, the 72-year-old Hutton suddenly appeared, epitomizing the timeless, easy appeal of the Bottega woman. When she appeared again, Hutton was accompanied by social media it girl Gigi Hadid, two all-American bombshells as Vogue described them. Separated by five decades, both femmes exuded "larer-than-life personalities, healthy good looks, and boundless reserves of energy."
Lauren Hutton appears today untrenched and now a lady in red for her bow in Bottega Veneta's Spring 2017 ad campaign.
Lauren Hutton 2013 In Interview Magazine
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Hutton spent her formative years in Tampa, Florida. After arriving in New York from New Orleans, where she'd been attending college, she did a three-month stint as a waitress at the Playboy Club, before entering the modeling business at the height of the Mad Men-ish 1960s and at a time when young women were suddenly looking to do something other than subside prettily (and quietly) into domestic idyll. Hutton was a different kind of woman entirely: she wore jeans and sneakers and rode motorcycles and rolled her own cigarettes and went to Uganda. Vogue editor Diana Vreeland was an early supporter, introducing her to Richard Avedon; their first session together yielded those famous pictures of Hutton leaping and bounding in studio. Irving Penn was another photographer who very quickly cleaved to Hutton's betraying blue eyes and famously gap-toothed smile (for a time, she tried to fill in the space with wax or caps, which she occasionally swallowed). In fact, several years later, Hutton would appear on the cover of Vogue alongside the phrase "The American Woman Today," an appropriate headline for a woman who was quickly becoming the definition—or the redefinition—of American beauty.
Hutton's success—and where it led—changed the modeling industry. In 1973, she landed what became a landmark contract with Revlon, and her status as the first $1 million-a-year girl had the collateral effect of increasing pay for models across the board, in some ways, giving rise to the more complex business infrastructure that surrounds modeling today.