OLDER IS BOLDER
Forget about stereotypes. The style icons of our time are as much older, inspirational women over younger ingénues like Alexa Chung or Cara Delevingne. For our bold issue A Mag profiles four incredible older ladies who are, or have been, at the top of their game. And we show you how to get their look.
Anna Dello Russo
At 54, the Vogue Italia veteran and current editor-at-large of Vogue Japan is an influential blogger and stylist with a flamboyant fashion sense. Passionate about elaborate headgear, called a “fashion maniac” by Helmut Newton, and dubbed Queen of the Streets in the press, ADR is never afraid to glam it up.
Loulou de la Falaise
The late Loulou de la Falaise, long-time muse of Yves Saint Laurent, was also a clothing, jewellery and accessories designer who blazed a trail for ethnic boho-chic until her death in 2011. Known for inspiring YSL’s 1966 women’s tuxedo Le Smoking and modeling his see-through blouses, the daughter of a French marquis and British model, brought eastern fashion to the world at her wedding wearing an elaborate harem/sari outfit.
The Autralian-born Paris-based stylist and costume designer is a global style leader, having worked with photographers like Mario Testino, David LaChapelle and Ellen Von Unwerth over the years and been creative consultant to brands such as Ungaro, Givenchy and Balmain, among others. Her style is retro, she rides around Paris in YSL stilettos, loves her turbans and colourful kimonos and, though her exact age is shrouded in mystery, she is banging the drum for how to grow older and still remain at the forefront of fashion.
Iris Apfel, 94, may be the oldest woman in the fashion world but she only entered the limelight at 83 when New York’s MET held an exhibition of her costume jewellery in 2005. Ever since, she’s become the face of Kate Spade’s collections as well as Alexis Bittar’s jewellery, proving that it’s never too late to be a harbinger of cool.
Let’s all hope for the same fashion treatment later in life.