Farida Khelfa served as the brand ambassador for iconic Parisian label Schiaparelli for five glorious years before stepping down from her position in 2017. But it appears that the 58-year-old is still working closely with the storied heritage house, as she was one of the runway stars at the label’s Spring 2019 Couture show in Paris on Monday.
The former Vogue Arabia cover star took to the runway wearing a black A-line coat paired with leather cowboy boots and a black, box clutch. “Isn’t it great that designers have realized you can’t use a 15-year-old to sell to older women?” remarked the French-Algerian model when her appointment as a spokesperson for Schiaparelli was first revealed in 2012. Indeed, Khelfa wasn’t the only 40-plus-year-old to walk the runway on Monday. She was joined by fashion legend Erin O’Connor, who closed the catwalk presentation in a tiered, tulle, confection.
Although this was Khelfa’s first turn on the runway in nearly a decade (She closed the Hermès Spring 2011 show back in 2010), the fashion icon has been a fixture on the front row at this season’s Paris Fashion Week, attending the Dior Homme Fall 2019 show this week. Yesterday, she visited 18 Rue de la Verrerie, where a plaque honoring the late Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaïa was unveiled, with longtime friends Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.