Here’s an article on the Styelist talking about older ladies with killer fashion sense aka “advanced style”
Check out the street style blog, which documents older women’s daily fashion.
Yayoi Kusama is an 84 year old Japanese Artist and Fashion Designer
(some of her art)
see more here (x)
Recently, the Whitney in NYC did a retrospective about her art and a huge instillation
in 2011 Yayoi did work for Lancome and Louis Vuitton with Marc Jacobs. She has an exceptional personal style, and it reflects her art and exhibitions.
Personal Fashion, distinctive in her brightly colored wigs and dresses covered in polka dots, Yayoi is a sight to be seen
Born in May 1955, (58 years old) Donatella Versace has has kept the Versace name and empire at the fore-front of fashion since the untimely death of her brother Gianni in 1997, never failing to look anything other than immaculate along the way.
Her fashion sense matches the class and lifestyle of the Versace brand. She has a very signature style and always looks great.
“You can’t pretend that everybody likes Versace. It would be boring. It’s better to create a reaction than to create no reaction. That’s dangerous.”
Sophia Loren is an Italian actress who worked mainly in the 50’s and 60’s who received much critical acclaim and awards, as well as being considered a great beauty. She is now 78 years old, and even recently in 2009 acted in the movie Nine. Even at her old age has a good sense of style.
Sophia Loren Now
She is still very glamourous, and dresses with an old hollywood look, with lots of jewelry and quite over the top. She is sort of a sex symbol and posed in lingerie at 72 for a calendar showing up all the younger models. (below). She doesn’t let her old age keep her from dressing well, and still exudes an amazing amount of confidence.
"Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical."
Grace, now 71, started her career in fashion by being scouted as a model by Vogue magazine in her teens.
After a car accident that left her face damaged and unable to continue modeling, she became a junior editor and photo editor at British Vogue for 19 years. In 1988, Ana Wintour, American Vogue’s Editor in Chef contacted her, and brought her on as creative director where she continues to work.
Grace is a huge part of Vogue. She has the last say in styling, and the overall look of editorials and fashion spreads. An inside look at her job can be seen in the 2009 documentary The September Issue, directed by R.J. Cutler which followed Grace and Ana Wintour as they produced the highly important September issue of Vogue in 2007, the issue of the year where all the fall-fashion is displayed, and considered the most important month of the year for fashion magazines.
Grace has been outspoken about her irritation with the new ‘digital age’, and chooses not to use a computer. [x] And that is fortunate for her, because according to the comments on this interview, people don’t understand or respect her even though she is nearly the driving force behind the modern aesthetic of Vogue.
In this very interview, Grace expresses her perspective on bloggers who she feels spend too much time focusing on their own looks instead of paying attention to the fashion in front of them at shows.
“If Wintour is the Pope . . . , Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year,” [x]
lol @ people on the internet who think they “know fashion”
Iris Apfel is 91 years old, she studied at Art History at NYU and Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin. She is considered a fashion icon even at her old age. She started her career, inspired by interior design, by selling and weaving 17th,18th, and 19th c. fabric patterns with her husband and business partner. This job brought her all over Europe finding mills to produce their fabrics with, and they did a lot of work for the White House. She was drawn to the colors and styles of the Middle East and North Africa because they had a large “architectural influence” which she said relates to clothing as well. She believes that fashion is a form of personal expression and wouldn’t want to look like someone else.
she has a really amazing apartment which can be viewed here.
you can watch a short documentary of her here.