When it comes to the world of fashion youth used to be currency with rail thin teen models frequently being sent down the runways draped in designer gear. But there has been a very definite shift with women of all shapes, age and sizes being celebrated and we couldn’t be happier.
The tide has most definitely turned in the fashion world with Helena Christensen, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford all ruling the runways, starring in glossy magazine campaigns and out-modelling their twenty-something colleagues.
Meanwhile, over in Canada, Julia Roberts absolutely nailed the red carpets at the Toronto Film Festival this week, which lead to American Vogue declaring that vampy gowns and cocktail dresses are officially on the outs while grown up fashion moves forward to take centre stage.
With London Fashion Week kicking off today, we have decided to join the celebration and take a look at ten of our favourite style icons who are in their fifties and beyond.
We can’t imagine Italian ‘Matrix’ beauty Monica Bellucci, 53, ever slouching around in a pair of tracksuit bottoms. She embraces her curves and flatters them in feminine figure hugging dresses or sleek, tailored suits. She’s rarely without a pair of heels either and has kept glam since her early days as a model.
The gorgeous French actress, 64, is the epitome of chic. “It’s important how personal and singular you feel in what you wear” she says. Whether she’s walking the red carpet in one of her dreamy tuxedos, boyish suits or a glamorous gown she manages to look impeccable. She oozes style in her day to day life too and keeps to the appeal of French style that less is always more.
Maye Musk, 70, is the mother of Tesla founder Elon Musk but she was famous long before he was. The silver-haired dietician and five-decade model says she’s determined to be a role model for women and men who fear ageing and her bright and fearless sense of style is an inspiration too.
“I’m living proof that [you can] find work for an older woman,” says the style guru. “I’ve never worked so much as I do now,” and she always does it with great earrings and lipstick too.
Canadian model, blogger and artist Melanie Kobayashi wants to prove you can be stylish and confident at any age. Her blog ‘Bag and a Beret’ aims to show off her self confessed “shameless” fun and rock n roll style.
The name of former lawyer Wendy Packer’s popular blog is ‘Fashion Over Fifty’ so it makes sense that she has a confident and brilliant sense of style which has garnered her 14.5k Instagram followers and a legion of fans.
“My mission,” she says. “Is to help every woman feel her inner and outer beauty no matter what her age.”
Her style might not be for everyone but there’s no denying ‘Accidental Icon’ Lyn Slater knows fashion. A huge fan of Japanese designs, you can count on the 64-year-old former university professor to make bold statements when it comes to what she wears and she always manages to pull it off.
She wasn’t just the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama was also the dubbed the First Lady of Fashion. An obsession over what she wore was boosted when she admitted she loved shopping at ‘J Crew’ and online. The 54-year-old has been consistently on point with her style ever since.
Her face is usually covered with her phone in her mirror selfies but French journalist Sofie Fontanel, 56, still gives her followers plenty to look at with her easy to replicate outfits. Her simple styling is effective, chic and follow.
Fashion guru Caryn Franklin is a “mannish dresser” who loves print clash and she makes no excuses for it. The former ‘The Clothes Show’ presenter, stylist, editor, activist and professor has an incredible eye for fashion but she also insists she wears the clothes that make her feel good about herself whether other people like it or not.
Linda Fargo has been branded “the eyes of Bergdorf Goodman”. She is the senior vice president of the fashion office and store presentation. So she knows a thing or two about looking good. She’s not scared of leopard print and she admits she loves timeless classics “with a bit of a bite”.
If you’re inspired by these women to up your game in the style stakes why not also take some tips from a fitness expert and find out the best way to get in shape after 50. You might be interested in makeup advice for the over fifties too.
There are many women today who are throwing out the old rules of dressing form women Over Fifty, however there is a breed of Muses who beat to an entirely different drummer. These muses in NYC, and now around the US, prove that creativity in dressing never dies. Though their style is not for everyone, they sure are fun to talk to and to watch. For example, this lovely woman is not dressed in a costume, this is how she dresses everyday. She must go to great lengths each morning to select all of the accessories because it takes me a while just to pick out jeans and a T-shirt
Many of these women have been discovered by the author Ari Seth Cohen, who has captured many of these lovely people who find such joy in creating their style every morning
And it's not just women either, men are also in on this "creative and avant guard way of dressing. It took this many a couple of days to make these pants by himself. Looking at all the zippers and loose ends, you can tell it took many hours to create these unusual pant.s
Obviously, talking with the people who take the time, effort and love to dress in such elaborate and creative ways, is very interesting. Many of them have been dressing this way for many many years and it is not just some new trend for them.
It's hard to interview these people because you know that behind each thread, each strand of hair, or each hat, there is a story. One could spend hours talking with these fascinating people. Besides, who wants to talk when you can have so much fun just looking at each well thought out accessory or strand of hair.
Model, Actress, Philanthropist, Public Speaker, and you name it, Camerone (Cami) Parker received the "Edith Head Style and Goldie Award" in early March in Tucson Arizona. Cami, is an unbelievable role model for every woman of every age. When Cami was modeling for beauty brands, and on the runway, she was diagnosed with MS. Afraid to tell anyone for fear of not getting hired for future jobs, Cami kept her diagnosis a secret for 10 years. She summoned her courage and finally came out with the secret that she was carrying around for so many years. Since then, Cami has been honored by the MS society for all that she has done including; donating her time and money to many philanthropic events, and more importantly, becoming a public speaker where she has speaks about how she carries on despite the diagnosis. One can not help but admire Cami for her courage and bravery. Not just for persevering in the face of adversity, but also for helping others too.
The Invisible Theater is located in Tucson Arizona. A huge presence in the theater is Susan Claassen, who is also a full time actress who channels the famous designer Edith Head in an uncanny way.
Congratulations to Cami for these well deserved awards. You are an inspiration to every woman with your affable demeanor and wonderful smile no matter what obstacles are in your way. We could all learn something from you, that's for sure.
Five years ago you wouldn't have never seen a model on the runway over thirty during Fashion Week; however, slowly but surely designers have begun embracing the Over Fifty models. It is officially no longer just a trend. This past fashion week at NYFW, more than six designers not only featured models Over Fifty, but each model, in fact, became the star of the show. People are so happy to see familiar faces and women who are older and still looking beautiful. Why not? It's a fact.
Long time designer of women's clothing and outwear, Dennis Basso featured Over Fifty model Carol Alt.
Three models from the '70's graced the runway for Elie Tahari. Karen Bjornson, Pat Cleveland and Alva Chinn all looked stunning and stole the show.
ChristyTurlington took a walk down the runway for Mark Jacobs. Without any makeup nonetheless. Hopefully, this will inspire any woman about to turn Fifty, that it ain't over yet!
Welcomed back 20 years later to the runway was Patti Hansen for Michael Kors.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by WWD/REX/Shutterstock (10103433u) Patti Hansen on the catwalk Michael Kors show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 13 Feb 2019
As noted in the previous blog article published last week, Christie Brinkley finished the show for Elie Tahari.
It's so nice to see some sophistication and class back on the runway, don't you think? The times, they are a changin'. Thank Goodness
If you love retro looks, especially from the 1940's, you will love Chiara Boni's Fall 2019 designs shown at NYFW. Who didn't love to play dress-up as a little girl? Well, there may be some tomboys out there, but no matter, you can't help but go down memory lane when you see some of the looks. This head wrap-hat slanted so dramatically to the side must excite any one who appreciates styles from the past. For those daring ones, like myself, you may even want to try wearing it out when Fall rolls around this year. This hat with the daisy's certainly will make you smile when you wear it!!
Suits have also been a thing of the past until just recently. As of late, more sensual fabrics like velvet have also made a huge comeback. This luscious teal velvet suit must conjure up memories of the old days for sure. Did you wear a pretty velvet dress on a special occasion when you were young? My guess is that most of you did and that this is stirring up your desire to run out and buy this.
If this doesn't make you think of Bette Davis, or Joan Crawford, or late night "golden oldie" movies, then I don't know what would. Would you be daring enough to wear this look? It's really an ageless look, but only if you are brave enough to try the head wrap-hat. It's not for everyone; however, if you see one go by, I guarantee it will make you smile.
It's pretty hectic when you go to a show, and so it's hard to get photos. But, I was able to get one of this lovely Chiara Boni fan. This pretty woman is wearing a Chiara Boni mint green jacket. It goes to show, Chiara Boni's designs are Ageless. In fact, Ageless Chic
What's you favorite period for fashion? Is it the roaring '20's? The blingy '80's? Let me know.
Do you think you would be nervous the night before your runway show at NYFW; well, apparently Christian Siriano has nerves of steel and loves a good cocktail party!! The gathering at his quaint, luxurious and charming store, The Curated, is an intimate and warm affair and if you are even in NYC during Fashion Week, put this one on your calendar.
Have a little champagne as a pre-celebration in crystal flutes and all the while have fun looking at all of his wonderful fashions along with the other designers he curates in the store.
Guests roamed about the store having fun looking at Christian's elegant and whimsical styles like this great plaid satiny blouse. Don't go for the spinach dip at any parties wearing this blouse!!
I went with my dear friend Ashleigh, to the left, and Ashleigh made a new friend while meandering and mingling.
It's also a great time for old friends to come together. This handsome man is Carl who works with Christian, and his friend.
Everyone is in such a festive mood. We couldn't help but stop and chat with these two young ladies who were so charming
This past year was not the best and my hopes for 2019 are so much higher. One of my regrets from last year is that I never had the chance to get to Christian's store during one of his sales (which is when I can afford to purchase something.) So, although my dress is not by Christian, I an still his staunch supporter. I hope he continues this tradition because it is a lovely event during Fashion Week where you can share the excitement of all the things happening around NYC. Wishing Christian the best of luck at his runway show on Saturday afternoon. Stay tuned for photos as I am guessing he will have surprises up his sleeve, as always!!
These Fashion Blogs for Women Over 50 Prove You Can Be Stylish at Any Age
Though style has no age limit, we've been doomed to believe otherwise.
Older women are hardly ever represented in major fashion campaigns, with their younger counterparts always snagging magazine covers and commercials for their youthful allure.
Women over 50 don't get the screen time they deserve in the world, but there is a silver lining. Many older women have created some incredible fashion blogs for older females to follow.
We've rounded up the best of the best for you below. Whatever your style may be, there's a fashion blog for women over 50 waiting for you to subscribe!
Fashion Over Fifty
Fashion Over Fifty is run by a lawyer-turned-style icon who's based in New York and Los Angeles. With her blog, she hopes to "help every woman feel her inner and outer beauty no matter what her age. To help every woman shine until the moment she takes her last breath."
Christie Brinkley, famous model from the 70's and 80's, walks the catwalk on February 7 at NYFW for Elie Tahari. It's official, ageism is on the decline at NYFW!! It was so great to see Christie at the show, and everyone went wild when she came out!! Christie wore a gorgeous green velvet pant suit with a green satin tie around her neck with lustrous sparkled beads on the bottom.
Not only did Christie model, but her daughter, Sailor also modeled. The apple does not fall far from the tree when it comes to Sailor and her mom. Sailor is a beautiful young woman, and who knows?This may be the start of another Brinkley-Cook modeling career.
How great it was that Elie Tahari had the good sense to put a mother and daughter on the runway! All in all, it was a homerun. A Mother/Daughter runway moment and Elie Tahari embracing a model who will turn 66 later this month, Christie Brinkley. Wow. And, the clothes were beautiful too.
On Wednesday, November 14, Lyn Slater, the Accidental Icon, received an honorary degree from the Fashion Institute of Design (F.I.T.), as she has definitely become a fashion icon for women Over Fifty, and all women for that matter. (As you may know, I attended F.IT. this past summer and took styling classes along with other fun things. I am now on their register of events and received notice of this occasion which I was not about to miss.) I deeply admire Lyn Slater and what she has created for herself. She has dramatically helped shift the way society views women Over Fifty, as her style is not only Agelessly Chic, but she has created a style and aura all her own.
Presently, I am taking an Imaging Class on-line at F.I. T. from Professor Carol Davidson. I ran in to her at this event. I had not met her prior to this, and she is just adorable!!
There were quite a few people who attended and it was fun mingling with all of the students and faculty from the school. There were, as you would expect, very fashionable and avant garde people in attendance such as this fabulous looking woman with bold hair and accessories.
Seeing Lyn up close and personal was such a treat. As a professor at Fordham University in Sociology, Lyn is quite an eloquent speaker in addition to her being beautiful and a style Icon.
Here Lyn is with the moderator, Ms. Strum, and the Dean of the College of Merchandising. Lyn Received her honorary degree that night. Here you can see Lyn with her usual stance and expression that is emblematic of the Style Icon’s personna.
Of course, I had to get a photo of myself with Lyn. I told her that I had been following her forever. I also wanted to tell her that I am so excited to have watched her become a real “star” in the past couple of years, but I got tongue tied.
All in all, it was such a delight to hear Lyn speak. She is so down to earth about all of it, and a fabulous representative for women Over Fifty. She is not just someone trying to create an image or someone dressing up for attention. She is an educated, thoughtful, and caring woman who is having a huge impact on how women Over Fifty are seen in society. What an honor that I was able to see this!!