‘Seeing older models with modern hair and make–up, looking cool, is amazing,’ Caroline Baker enthused at 50+ Fashion Week. Caroline was fashion editor on the groundbreaking 1960s magazine Nova where she pioneered many looks we take for granted today. This image of model Yasmina Rossi reminds me of her use of army surplus long before seventies hippies and punks made a military manoeuvre. I was lucky enough to work with Caroline briefly at Good Housekeeping magazine; now aged 70 and still busy, she styled the 50+ fashion show and campaign for JD Williams. ‘You have to be up for a change,’ Caroline continued when I asked her advice on remaining agelessly stylish. ‘And finding the right shoes is important. They have to be comfortable and they have to be trending. No one wants frumpy shoes.’
Now that grey hair is trending, too, we can’t grow our dye out quick enough. I’m still gronde (grey-blonde) and counting. This week, I finally got round to listening to Mary Beard’s fantastic programme on grey hair, on BBC Radio 4. Guests including Joan Burstein, Jo Hansford and Kirtsy Wark discussed the pros and cons of going grey and its impact on appearance and ageism. ‘Glad to be Grey’ is online HERE.
Over at That’s Not My Age Mansions, I’m still stockpiling the khaki. Latest acquisition is a military jumpsuit (appearing soon). This not-so-new neutral looks fantastic with denim and different shades of blue, works a treat with red, and just think of an officer’s tunic adorned with medals for proof that metallics and military go together. There’s khaki a-plenty at Boden, Jigsaw has some great chinos and this lovely parka (available HERE), while Whistles has suede, leather and sneakers.
No longer a sign that you’re past caring, grey hair, khaki and comfy shoes; now trending.