Fashion can be particularly ageist–in our imagery, words, representation–after a certain age–the dreaded 60, its as though women lose the right to enjoy style. There’s the obvious push towards looking for younger names and faces which makes consumers buy into this narrative without questioning it. Women are celebrated once a year with more fervor than on the average day, primarily to push marketing agendas. The same brands and services may actually the be ones subliminally feeding messages of making them feel inadequate for not being a certain age or shape. As time passes, women are only stronger in their mindsets. Its the years of experience that inform their confidence.
This women’s day we look up to women who have more complex takes on style–one’s that haven’t been straight copied from a runway or a stylist’s playbook. The true masters know how to mix vintage with new, embrace their bodies and most importantly let their confidence shine through. Ahead we look at the doyens of fashion, who still continue to rule the scene.
Mrs. Prada not only exudes coolness in personal style, she invents it. Much of the Prada and Miu Miu woman’s sensibility comes from her own juxtaposition of Italian craftsmanship, storyboarding and a sense of whimsy. She’s not a risk taker at the surface–a classic knee-length skirt, half sleeves-top, short heels and a necklace have been her staples for years now. However Mrs. Prada keeps it fresh with a pop of a bold hue, the occasional feather skirt or the season’s boldest print. Her classic finger curls and statement earrings are unmissable and almost a hallmark of her personal style.
As the Senior Vice President of Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo has spent the entirety of her career around clothing and creatives which permeates directly into her wardrobe. Besides her peroxide blonde bob and siren red lipstick it’s hard to nail down Fargo’s style as just one type. Fargo carries New Yorker eclectic evening wear with as much ease as suiting on a work day. On another occasion you will find her in a statement coat with graffiti print or a sequined column gown. She straddles perfect with a sense of nonchalance in a manner unique to her.
Veteran actor Neena Gupta’s lighthearted personality shines through her style as much as it does on her Instagram. It’s only natural she’s often on the moodboard for daughter Masaba Gupta’s eponymous clothing label. Gupta favors Indian ethnic pieces worn with a touch of humor and modernity. That’s not to say you won’t see her carrying a Balenciaga belt bag or dressed in head-to-toe florals. Gupta loves a good pair of shorts, halter blouses and matching her accessories.
Michelle Yeoh was the superstar we didn’t know was missing from our lives. After the spectacular success of Everything Everywhere All at Once, Michelle Yeoh was back in the awards circuit. Yeoh’s personal style is much like her persona–elegant, sharp, detailed and vibrant. For the recently concluded Screen Actors Guild awards, she wore a Schiaparelli couture gown. She loves a good tailored co-ord set as much as a cape with a flounce.