This is a fantastic film – 20th Century Women with Annette Bening

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This a beautiful film. Beautifully shot in the hazy Californian sunshine. 20th Century Women is set in Santa Barbara at the end of the 1970s. Annette Bening is superb as Dorothea Fields, a chain-smoking, 55-year-old single mother living in a shared house with her 15-year-old son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann). Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning andRead more

Ageless beauty: 72-year-old Loulou Van Damme

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I’m not one for experimenting with/wearing much make-up but I do like these photos of 72-year-old Loulou Van Damme. ‘You’re never too old to try daring beauty trends’ is a feature for ELLE India . Born in India of Belgium parentage, designer/stylist Van Damme spent time in London and Brussels before moving back to India for good at theRead more

Linda Rodin talks lipstick

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  ‘I’m sure it’s osmosis from my mother,’ says Linda Rodin when I ask where her love of a strong lipstick comes from, ‘I never saw her without, it was the 1950s and women wore lipstick. I have pictures of her looking very glamorous in bed, wearing a pink bed jacket and lipstick.’ Rodin isRead more

Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog film

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‘Do you want to see a film about Laurie Anderson’s dog?’ One of my friends asked me towards the end of last year. This could go one of two ways I thought with trepidation (dog’s breakfast or dog’s bollocks). Although it wasn’t exactly top of my to-do list; I like Laurie Anderson, I like dogs,Read more

Ageless Style: Winser London’s winning formula

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Kim Winser is onto a winning formula. I knew that when the founder and CEO of Winser London talked me through her inaugural online collection  three years ago . These are timeless, ageless, infinitely wearable clothes that grown-up women want. Now with bricks and mortar stores in the UK, in California and plans for one in London, 57-year-old Winser is celebrating the third birthday ofRead more

Isabella Rossellini is back chez Lancome

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Well, well, well, plus ça change. Lancôme have appointed serene beauty Isabella Rossellini as their latest muse. Quelle ironie! writes Vicci Bentley. Those of us old enough to cast their minds back twenty or so years ago will remember a time when she and Lancôme such blockbusters as perfume Trésor and anti-ageing cream Bienfait duRead more

Quote of the week – Julianne Moore

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Have you ever noticed that the first audience question at a live Q&A is always some five-minute long, self-serving pretentious ramble? Julianne Moore was at our local cinema the Brixton Ritzy on Friday night, answering questions after a preview of her latest film Freeheld . True to form, the first questioner droned on incessantly. Basically, theRead more

Grace Coddington is not retiring just yet

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I’m going to be working when I’m 74 because I haven’t got a proper pension plan, Grace Coddington on the other hand is doing it because she wants to explore new opportunities. Coddington announced this week  that she’s stepping down from day-to-day life at American Vogue to become creative-director-at-large, but as the 74-year-old told Business of Fashion she’s notRead more

Creative women at work: knitwear designer Jo Gordon

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The best part of writing Style Forever was interviewing all the industry experts and Inspirational Women. And for a while now I’ve been thinking I should continue this series on That’s Not My Age. Here’s the first in what I hope (time permitting) will become a regular feature: Knitwear designer Jo Gordon is about toRead more

Maggie Smith is The Lady in the Van

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I can’t think of anyone who could play The Lady in the Van better than Maggie Smith. She’s brilliant and funny as Miss Mary Sheperd the homeless woman who moved her camper van into writer Alan Bennett’s drive for three months, in the 1970s, and ended up staying 15 years. Alex Jennings makes a greatRead more