Following the Crystal Renn editorial in which the world's most famous plus size model receives a gamut of cosmetic surgery procedures - and some oral pleasure - yet more images of the Tom Ford-edited December 2010 edition of Vogue Paris have surfaced. In an editorial spread entitled 'Forever Love', this time Ford tackles the subject of old age, shooting two apparently septuaganarian models groping each other while showcasing the latest in fine jewellery. In a post-script, Ford, who also photographed the editorial, notes: “I am tired of the cult of youth. The cultural rejection of old age, the stigmatization of wrinkles, grey hair, of bodies furrowed by the years. I am fascinated by Diana Vreeland, Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois, women who have let time embrace them without ever cheating. Society today condems this, me, I celebrate it. For this session of fine jewellery, I imagined a man and a woman who had been together for a long time, faithful to each other and always incandescent with desire”.
And that's all fine and dandy and at the end of the day an opportunity for some older models to make it into the "hot" issue of one of the world's most prestigious fashion titles.
Ford did in fact use several 40+ and 50+ women in his debut womenswear presentation in New York in September, even Elsa Schiaparelli's sixtysomething granddaughter, actor Marisa Berenson.
But there's just something a little gratuitous about a couple of these images.
And it's well worth noting that when it comes to his own ageing, you won't find a single grey hair or wrinkle on babyfaced 49 year-old Ford, who told The Advocate in December last year, “I’m a firm believer in Botox and Restylane. Absolutely.”
all images: tom ford for vogue paris via fashion_screen