Style Scoop: Olympic Champ Dara Torres Walks the Runway for Charles Nolan

Fashion designer Charles Nolan sent Olympian swimmer Dara Torres down the runway along with her 2-and-a-half year old daughter Tessa on Sunday. Mom wore a flapper-inspired swimsuit: a striped navy and white tank, super short shorts and a strand of pearls draped over her muscular torso. Her famous cropped 'do was elegantly coiffed into marcel waves to match the 1920s mood. Tessa wore an adorable navy and white dress. Though it's been 14 years since Torres modeled for the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated (she was a working swimsuit model in the 1990s), she took to the runway like a fish to, well, water. "Once you get in front of the cameras, you're like, oh yeah, I remember how to do this," said Torres to the New York Daily News. At 41, Torres won three silver medals at the Beijing Olympics. She's also the oldest woman in history to swim at the Olympics. Nolan added, "It was a message about what it means to be 41 today. All those brilliant 20-somethings out there, you've got a long way to go." And so much to look forward to!...

Speaking of accomplished women, Carolina Herrera had her fashion show yesterday and sent down a bevy of ladylike looks, including cocktail dresses, bullfighter inspired pantsuits and ruffly, flamenco-esque evening gowns. Herrera told that she was inspired by Botticelli's color palette, which was reflected in the beautiful hair and makeup choices that completed the looks. "I made a collection that was feminine and romantic, because I think women want to look that way," Herrera said. Well, not all women...

In sharp contrast to Herrera's lunching ladies staples, Zero Maria Cornejo showed a spring collection that challenged notions of feminine and masculine with androgynous, conceptual looks. The Chilean-born, London-educated designer just celebrated her ten-year anniversary and revealed a capsule collection that reflected on the achievements of the past decade: cocoon jackets, silk jumpsuits and asymmetrical dresses—all shown with primitively proportioned gladiator sandals and dramatic slashes of black around the eyes. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

--Serena Kim

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