Age Is No Object In High Fashion
Sometimes it can be hard to love the signs of ageing, whether you’re 25 and spot your first wrinkle, or 60 and find yourself wondering whether a mini skirt is more Cher and less Chic. Ex UK Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman caused an almighty furor a few weeks ago when she questioned whether ageless beauty Helena Christensen should still be rocking a lace bustier at 50. The implication that sexy should be retired post 40 years old was shot down in an internet storm, and Shulman was left with her tail between her legs, apologizing for the mere suggestion that Helena should be more age appropriate with her choices.
This move towards embracing trends no matter what your number has been the message both on and off the catwalk. Not only are the supermodels of the 90s (namely Naomi Campbell Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford) still working, they are still in demand. Despite the younger generation taking the title of IT girls (among them Cindy’s daughter Kaia Gerber), these matriarchs are moving over, but they certainly are not moving out. And these older models are hot property in fashion – who can forget when in 2013 Karen Walker chose models who ranged from 65 and 92 to showcase her eyewear collection, and in 2015 Joan Didion, the 80 year old author became the face of Celine’s ad campaign. From Elon Musk’s mother Maye Musk (70) who at 69 became the CoverGirl spokesperson, to iconic models, like Daphne Selfe, who at 93 boasts a career that spans 69 years, and still has Vogue knocking at the door, it’s fair to say that fashion has no age limit.
This ‘grey-naissance’ is not just confined to modeling – the spotlight has landed on older style in the form of bloggers, influencers and media personalities. Rather than following, they are leading trends - blogger Lyn Slater, the 65-year-old ‘accidental’ icon has made a name for herself as one of fashions finest. She has also shown beyond doubt that age is no barrier to style. It’s more than just good taste, it’s the confidence that age brings, and it’s this combination of fashion flare and devil may care that is inspiring girls and women from every generation.
She’s Got The Look
40s – Kate Moss
Rocker chic is a look that has been trademark Kate Moss for as long as she has been in the public eye. Proving that what works at 18 still works at 48, her signature style of shirt, perfectly fitting jeans and leather jacket is timeless.
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50s – Yasmin Le Bon
54 year old Yasmin Le Bon’s outfit at the 2018 British Fashion Awards made the hearts of grandmothers’ across the world sing. In her one shoulder silver tassel mini dress, and black ankle boots she looked flawless.
60s – Lyn Slater
Lyn Slater is an influencer who has taken the world by storm with her blog, and she proves beyond doubt that fashion can be fun and fabulous at any age.
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70s – Maye Musk
Maye Musk doesn’t fear ageing. Despite over 50 years experience in the modeling industry she shows no signs of slowing down – she recently walked the runway for Dolce & Gabbana, as well as appearing in a Beyoncé music video. Her fashion choices are bold and reflect her confidence.
80s – Joyce Carpati
Known for her Karen Walker eyewear campaign, Joyce Carpati was one of the stars of the Advanced Style movie. Chic and elegant, Joyce loves to accessorise and knows that this is an important part of her style picture. “My style is simple elegance with dashes of daring!”
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90s – Daphne Selfe
The world’s oldest working model, Daphne Selfe made a comeback at 70, and her beauty is as vibrant now as it ever was. When it comes to style she knows what she does – and does not - like.
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Written By Nicky Adams