Flemish model front and centre at New York Fashion Week


Ine Neefs from Antwerp province both opened and closed the Oscar de la Renta catwalk show at New York Fashion week

Party girl

Flemish model Ine Neefs made a big splash on Tuesday night at New York Fashion Week during the most talked-about show of the world-famous event: the Oscar de la Renta catwalk show. With de la Renta’s favourite runway model in the front row (next to US pop star Taylor Swift), Neefs both opened and closed the show.

De la Renta died last year, but his successor, British designer Peter Copping, took up the reins to complete the new line, which was full of both smart daily wear and colourful, red carpet-worthy gowns with a youthful touch.

Neefs’ first look was a black “cashgora” (mix of cashmere and angora) coat over a turtleneck ivory dress, cut just about the knee. Her final look was a short, sleeveless party-girl dress, accented with long, pink gloves (pictured).

At 19, Neefs has not only become one of the de la Renta house’s most popular catwalk models, she has also worked for Chanel, Valentino and Dior. She currently features in a new campaign for Zara. Hailing from Wuustwezel in northern Antwerp province, Neefs was “discovered” on the street in Antwerp when she was 16 by a representative from Dominique Models.

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