We spotted this article in The Guardian and did a little collective "Yippee". Hannah Marriott perfectly sums it up and we reprinted it below for you, but we also took it upon ourselves to use it as an excuse for a mega picture post! As Francois Nars states below "she had an amazing power to encompass a character." Yes she indeed does and we all thank the fashion gods for it!
From Catherine Deneuve's elegant Louis Vuitton campaign to Jacky O'Shaughnessy's rather more revealing shots for American Apparel, there's no denying that the fashion industry is wising up to the power of older models. Today, cosmetics company Nars followed suit, hiring Charlotte Rampling, 68, as its latest face.
The actor will appear in pictures to coincide with the brand's 20th anniversary in September. Though Nars has a history of hiring models in their 40s, including Stella Tennant and the grey-haired supermodel Kristen McMenamy, Rampling is the oldest so far. She is also a style icon long adored by the fashion industry, having been shot by some of its edgiest photographers. In 1973, Rampling posed naked and smoking for Helmut Newton. In 2004, Juergen Teller shot her in crumpled bedsheets for a series of campaign shots for Marc Jacobs.
A perennial fashion reference, Rampling is often cited as an inspiration for campaigns too. Kate Moss' scene-stealing, cigarette smoking turn on the Louis Vuitton catwalk at Paris fashion week for autumn/winter 2011 was pure Rampling in The Night Porter.
In a statement released to fashion trade publication WWD, Francois Nars, the company's creative director, described Rampling as "a natural beauty that feels strong, yet relatable," adding: "Charlotte's ability of transformation is unparalleled. Whether captured in pieces of artwork, through the lens of a magazine photographer or on film and the big screen, she had an amazing power to encompass a character."
Francois Nars also celebrated "The Look" – the term used by Dirk Bogarde to describe Rampling's heavy-lidded, inscrutable stare and the name of the 2011 documentary about her life. "I remember Dirk Bogarde referencing Charlotte's 'fabled look' because of the combination of her beauty and withering gaze. This is what makes her an endlessly watchable mystery."
Article from The Guardian
(L) 1966. (R) credit unknown.
Photo by Lewis Morley, London, 1963.
(L) Charlotte Rampling in Georgy Girl, 1966. (R) Photo by Jerry Schatzberg, 1965.
(L) Credit Unknown. (R) 1967.
(L) Photo by Sammy Davis Jr. (R) Photo by by Terry O’Neill.
(L) Photo by Ron Galella, 1967. (R) Sorrento Festival, 1967.
(L) Photo by Terry O’Neill. (R) Charlotte Rampling as Lucia Atherton in 'The Night Porter (Il Portiere Di Notte)', 1974.
(L) Charlotte Rampling at NYC El Marocco Club, Photo by Gianni Penati, 1972. (R) Credit Unknown.
Photos by Helmut Newton, Hotel Nord Pinus II, 1974.
Photos by Jeanloup Sieff, Outfits by Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, Vogue France, 1970.
(L) Outfit by Glen Plaid. (R) 1970s.
(L) Photo by Helmut Newton, Vogue, January 1974. (R) Photo by Clive Arrowsmith, 1970.
(L) Credit Unknown. (R) Dress by Ossie Clark, Glamour Magazine, 1970s.
(L) Photo by Jerry Schatzberg, 1966. (R) In the film "La Caduta degli dei", 1969.
Photos by Peter Lindbergh, 1982.
Photo by Helmut Newton, 1967.
(L) Photo by Bettina Rheims, Paris, September 1985. (R) Photo by Alice Springs, Paris, 1986.
(L) Photo by Peter Lindbergh, 1987. (R) Photo by Helmut Newton.
Photos by Juergen Teller for Marc Jacobs, 2004.
(L) Outfit by Jean Paul Gaultier Couture, Fall Winter 2010. Photoby Willy Vanderperre. (R) Photo by Glen Luchford, Vogue Paris, May 2012.