You may have seen her in the Row's lookbook circa Pre-Fall 2014, or you might be familiar with her eponymous beauty line Rodin. If you haven't heard of her, you will soon enough, as she's recently partnered with Estée Lauder, which has turned out to be a life-changing collaboration. Rodin's amazing style, which she herself describes as "whatever takes her fancy," has influenced the fashion world to a point where 20somethings are now reaching for prescription glasses and gray hair dye. Rodin is living proof that beauty is ageless.
Apfel, the nonagenarian style icon, has the world of fashion in the palm of her perfectly bejeweled hand—at age 93! With the release of her documentary "Iris," as well as being the face of both Kate Spade and Alexis Bittar's spring campaigns, Apfel bears no signs of planning to slow down any time soon. Her infatuation with color, texture and embellishment is what's earned her celebrity, but it's her joy in self-presentation and ceaseless delight that's made her an icon.
Bethann Hardison, the pioneering African-American runway model in the 1970s, and mother of one, has the same cropped hairstyle today that she had when she first started out. In recent years, she has been an industry consultant and an outspoken advocate for diversity on the runway. Her legendary style is accented by her unwavering activism, and she continues to make waves in the world of fashion and in the world in general. Greg Tate describes Hardison as, "tall, lithe, lively ... regal without being self-righteous, maternal without being matriarchal, [and] meticulous without being anal retentive."
Dell'Orefice first graced the cover of Vogue at age 15, and has done so once again at 82! The mother of one has been dubbed the longest-working supermodel, with a career that has spanned nearly seven decades. Her philosophy on beauty is that "nothing on the outside is going to make a blind bit of difference unless you take care of the inside." Most importantly, Dell'Orefice personifies the ability to do whatever you want, no matter what age you are.
Roitfeld, the Harper's Bazaar global fashion director and editor-in-chief of "CR Fashion Book," has played a leading role in the realm of fashion for nearly all 60 years of her life. She is the epitome of Parisian chic, and has, over time, perfected her signature look of "tired sexy." The former editor-in-chief of French Vogue, and mother to Julia and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, views trends as nothing more than a game, and believes that the best way to enjoy fashion is enthusiastically and unselfishly.
Machado is best known for being the first non-Caucasian model to be featured in a leading fashion magazine. Since then, Machado has been featured in countless campaigns, has been the face of multiple brands, and has been a muse to a series of visionaries. Now at 83 years old, Machado appears more luminous and youthful than ever, and everyone is dying to know her secret. Frustratingly enough, she claims not to have one! A piece of wisdom she has offered though is this: "You can't worry about aging because that is the worst thing. If you start, then you just keep finding more things that you don't like, and then you're finished."
As the principal buyer and trend spotter for the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman's, Fargo's amazing taste and fashion sense is undeniable. With her classic grace, Fargo manages to oversee store design, the infamous window displays and the fashion. Fargo says that she has grown into herself as she's gotten older, and that her self-confidence and refutation of neither-here-nor-there attributes are what set her apart stylistically and otherwise. She also begs that you discard of any navel-baring tank tops.
As her 60th birthday approaches, it's impossible to ignore the legendary career Iman has had thus far. The illustrious style icon, and mother to Alexandria and Zulekha, has always been a strong believer in glamour, and is not afraid to admit that she enjoys a little vanity every now and then. We have every confidence that Iman will remain a profound influence in the realm of fashion, on her 60th birthday and all those after.
Dubbed fashion's ultimate seductress, Von Furstenberg is an icon of feminine power and independence. In an interview for Interview Magazine, she discloses that she's always aspired to be a femme fatale, and that "I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman." The Warholian muse, beloved fashion designer and mother of two earned her success by developing the idea that beauty and style come from within, and that independence is the foundation for power. At 68 years old, Von Furstenberg continues to live by this ideology, and it certainly shows.
Gitte Lee is known for her timeless and elegant uniform, which is seemingly ready for all occasions. Her secret is that she alternates fabrics to suit the season, but always sticks to a simple, clean color palette. No matter the time of year, Gitte, mother to Christina Erika Lee, consistently dresses to accentuate her unique, charming style, and she's now at a point in her life where she no longer feels the need to shop as she has everything she needs inside of her closet.
Halbreich is very likely Bergdorf Goodman's, and possibly all of New York City's, most famous shopper. To run a successful personal-shopping service, as well as serve as to mother two children and three grandchildren, requires a touch of delicacy, but above all, honesty. And she approaches her work the same way she approaches the conversation surrounding age. The petite dynamo of 85, upon whom the in-production HBO series "All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go" is based, remains a profound influencer in the fashion industry, and views herself as only getting better with age.
Beverly Johnson, the American model, actress, businesswoman and mother to Anansa, rose to fame as the first African-American model to appear on the cover of Vogue in 1974. And at 62 years old, she's more influential than ever, both as women's rights activist and as a fashion and beauty mogul—going to show that beauty and confidence truly do transcend age.
Céline, the achingly cool French fashion label, caused quite a stir with the launch of their ad campaign featuring the immortal intellectual (and otherwise) dream girl, Joan Didion. Didion is the original chronicler of heartfelt experience, and is therefore a perfect embodiment of the brand's values. This campaign puts forth the idea that to be clever and a touch difficult is to be timelessly beautiful. And seeing how enthusiastically people responded, they're definitely on to something.
Hirschowitz is a firm believer that aesthetic sensibility is not teachable, and while her true passions lie in literature, her fashion sense and persona is enviable by those of all ages. Hirschowitz gained recognition after being featured on Ari Seth Cohen's blog Advanced Style, and has come to represent an astoundingly overlooked demographic: "the silver-haired set." Moreover, Hirschowitz, at 61 years old, urges women to be unafraid of going gray.
Uggams, the iconic Emmy- and Tony-award-winning star (and mother of two) made her name as a teenager, and is doing so once again at 72 years old. Her style is as strong and stupendous as her singing voice, and she's subsequently ascended in the fashion world as much as she's conquered show biz. Best of all, she has no plans of ever slowing down!
Over five decades, Keaton has won an Academy Award, has accepted two Golden Globes, has written five books and, for eight years, has been the face of L'Oréal Paris's Age Perfect skincare line. Her unadulterated approach to beauty has cemented her as an atypical role model for women of all ages. The mother of two compares aging to trees in that things get better with age in ways you don't expect. In an interview with Vogue, Keaton stated, "... all my life I never liked sycamores. Well, guess what, I love sycamores now. I love looking at them! All these things are reawakened by the fact that the more you change, the more you see differently. And the more you see differently, the more you're open to different kinds of beauty."
Dubbed the "goddess of style," Joyce Carpati, the 80-year-old opera singer, wife, mother and grandmother, has always been fabulous, and she encourages women to embrace themselves and highlight their assets, no matter their age. In an interview Carpati stated, "I don't try to look young and I don't want to look young," she said. "I want to look terrific." And she definitely does, with her wonderful style accentuated by her contagious positive attitude.
This fashion savvy 76-year-old describes her style as "streetwise" and stands by the belief that anyone can wear anything. After having been featured in Channel 4's documentary "Fabulous Fashionista," Jean Woods has not only become a certified style icon, but has also redefined the general perception of old age. Woods has every intention to uphold her jocular East End twang and sport her Dr. Martens well into her eighties and onward.
With her mane of silver hair, elongated neck, high cheekbones and bright, intelligent, lively eyes, it's no wonder her modeling career has been so successful—for more than six decades! Her secret? Long hair, no Botox and a dollop of Boots face cream. As for aging, her thought on the matter is "it's going to happen, so why worry?" The mother of three does not view her wrinkles or gray hair as things to be ashamed of, but rather as evidence of a life well-lived.
Carolina Herrera, the 76-year-old Venezuelan-American fashion designer known for her exceptional fashion sense, attributes her wonderful style to her humor, for she believes that laughter truly never goes out of style. Herrera, a mother of four, is not bothered by getting older, and she encourages other women not to be afraid either. "You don't have to be afraid of getting older; fear is the most disgusting thing," she stated in an interview. Herrera has also come to represent the growing awareness of the influence of older women as consumers and the purchasing power that they have. Above all, she represents that fearless personal style is attractive no matter what age you are.
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