A fabulously fashionable new range of greetings cards

Fashion illustrator Niki Groom who goes under the name of Miss Magpie Fashion Spy has recently launched a set of greetings cards. ‘My Mum was very involved with the Senior Moments card,’ Niki told me, ‘ We brainstormed for ages to get the right wording so she’d be happy to send it to all herRead more

The oldest PhD student in the world (aged 102)

I heard the most incredible story on the radio, yesterday. At 102, Ingeborg Rapoport is the oldest person in the world to be awarded a PhD  – she was talking about her experience to one of my favourite broadcast journalists, Eddie Mair. As a student in Nazi Germany, Rapoport (née Syllm) submitted her thesis inRead more

Why I’m loving (and acting) my age this week

‘“Ageless” is a key word that identifies the women of today,’ says Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani, ‘Together they compose the mosaic of the new femininity, a way of being beyond appearances. Women who are strong, sure of themselves, talented, enterprising. On their faces, the glow of youth is replaced by the splendour of maturity,Read more

Don’t call me a gran bod

I was hoping if I ignored the term ‘gran bod’ it might go away. But no. The dad bod bandwagon-jumping label keeps pinging into my inbox. This weekend: The Top 10 Gran Bods starring Helen Mirren, Madonna and Elle (The Gran Body) Macpherson. Basically, a list of women over-50, rated on how they look in swimwear. HowRead more

Helen Mirren at 70

‘Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is fucking awesome.’ So says Helen Mirren, who will be 70 on Sunday. We all know growing old is not for cissies but at least Mirren makes it look like fun. The Guardian asked me to write a piece on whatRead more

Major report into how mature women feel about fashion

Photo: Sartorialist The British retailer JD Williams has carried out the first major survey into ‘fashion for women over-50’. A YouGov report questioned 2000 women on areas including: body confidence, shopping, style and the sense of ageing. The conclusion is that mature women feel more secure about their own style but have problems finding clothesRead more

Looking at Lauren Hutton

  I’ve spent months thinking (and writing) about women of style and substance; including Fashion VIP Lauren Hutton. This week she’s interviewed by Anjelica Huston on the beauty website Violet Grey and there’s a lovely photo shoot by Pamela Hanson. I’d rather look at this than Kim Kardashian’s oily bum any day of the week.   ThoughRead more

Where are all the women over 50?

  Good for Olenka Frenkiel who has spoken out about the way older women are treated by the BBC. An award-winning reporter with over 30-years experience, she was forced out of the organization but refused to sign a gagging clause. Two years later, Frenkiel is finally able to speak out. This story is featured onRead more

Quote of the week: Linda Rodin

  There’s a lovely interview on ageing with the eternally stylish and inspirational Linda Rodin, on Into the Gloss this week: “I think one does feel more liberated and independent when one gets older. More honest and open with yourself and others. But you still have insecurities—they’re different, but they don’t totally go away. But you reach aRead more

Inspirational Women: Kristin Scott Thomas

Kristin Scott Thomas has quit the silver screen for the stage. As a fan of her French films –  I’ve Loved You So Long and Leaving (not to mention earlier blockbusters like Four Weddings and The English Patient), I’m not sure how I feel about that. But Hollywood’s loss is London’s gain, and I haveRead more