Vogue’s Ageless Style Issue
There seems to have been a bit of a hoo-ha online about British Vogue’s July cover. ‘Like an advert for menopausal medicine,’ said one (obviously young) commentator, ‘Unbelievably bland’ continued another, ‘The cover looks more suited to Good Housekeeping or Psychologies.’ Well, I think it’s gorgeous. The epitome of Gentlewoman Style. Stella Tennant (44) is one of my favourite models. The Lovely Blue Shirt is one of my fashion essentials so, to me, the July cover of Vogue is perfect. What I don’t like is the ‘Fashion Prescription’ feature, inside. ‘Have a niggling body concern? Don’t worry there is a sartorial cure.’ An off-the shoulder Balenciaga blouse to cover your ‘ageing elbows’, hide your ‘nightmare knees’ with a pair of sailor trousers or cover up your ‘sun-damaged décolletage’ with an Edwardian high neckline. I don’t think so.
What’s with all the prescriptive, patronising fashion bollocks? I usually like Vogue’s Ageless Style issue because it doesn’t take the predictable fash mag route. Much better to use a chic, mature model instead. Admittedly, there are older women elsewhere in the magazine (Neneh Cherry, 51, Esther Weiland, 91) but if my calculations are right, Cecilia Chancellor, 48, is the oldest model featured. I know model years are like dog years, but I do think Vogue could’ve been a bit more adventurous.
Anyhow, here are some Lovely Blue Shirts: