Clothes Call

The sar­to­rial stars of to­day are old enough to know that fash­ion rules don’t ap­ply

ZOOMER Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Leanne De­lap

Dress­ing your age has never been more stylish or mod­ern

BEST-DRESSED LISTS are al­ways a voyeuris­tic plea­sure. But real style is about last­ing im­pact, and these cho­sen celebri­ties have the whole pack­age: per­son­al­ity, poise, grav­i­tas tem­pered by wit. And sass, that most un­der­rated screw-it-I’m-do­ing-it virtue that ripens beau­ti­fully with age.

They all have in­di­vid­ual sig­na­ture looks, but they have one thing in com­mon. They dress their at­ti­tude, not their age. Fash­ion at its most ef­fec­tive is a form of vis­ual sig­nalling – mov­ing along the con­ver­sa­tion with the ground­break­ing el­e­ments of dar­ing and sur­prise. Those old rules for peo­ple above a “cer­tain age”? For­get ’em.

Where once we looked to im­pos­si­bly slim so­cialites for style point­ers, the charis­matic style stars we ap­pre­ci­ate un­der­stand their own im­age and how to push their own bound­aries. And they em­brace their plat­form and shoul­der the in­flu­ence they have, in terms of mov­ing so­ci­etal, along with fash­ion norms for­ward.

Be in­spired by these 10 takes on dress­ing with max­i­mum im­pact.


These women are peren­nial best­dressed con­tenders, al­ways el­e­gant but with a flair that’s fresh and mod­ern. Never flashy, their style in­sur­rec­tions tend to be sub­tle, a peek of a tat­too here – we see you, Dame He­len Mir­ren – a sexy shoul­der there.

At 80, Jane Fonda knows how to pull fo­cus in a photo call, as she did at this year’s Cannes film fes­ti­val. From her youth­ful start as a screen siren to her ac­tivist years and on through her turn as the ’80s Span­dex queen, Fonda has de­fied the fash­ion rule­book at ev­ery age. Right now, her hot ca­reer re­vival is matched by her fash­ion nerve, wear­ing slinky jump­suits one day and glit­ter­ing body­con­scious gowns the next. She

never calls it in.

Since the death of her beloved hus­band, diva Cé­line Dion, 50, has un­der­gone a style trans­for­ma­tion. Al­ways one to wear cus­tom cou­ture on stage, Dion has re­launched her im­age as a fash­ion-plate street-style star (or as close as a su­per­star can come to hang­ing out on a street). Unafraid of bold, chal­leng­ing wardrobe choices, Dion hired a new stylist and amassed a jaw-drop­ping de­signer wardrobe. She is fear­lessly out, about and dressed to the nines for the pa­parazzi.


Ex­hibit A, Brigitte Macron, 65. She wears sleeve­less minidresses with gusto, re­flect­ing a re­fresh­ing lais­sez­faire at­ti­tude to­ward the aging process – French women don’t get in­se­cure. Al­ways ac­ing diplo­matic dress­ing when ac­com­pa­ny­ing her much younger hus­band, French Pres­i­dent Emmanuel Macron in the global halls of power, she waves the flag of French cou­ture in her go-to de­signer, Louis Vuit­ton.


What would our world be like if it weren’t for the women who push at the lim­its and laugh at our stodgy con­ven­tions? Madonna, 60, has cast her­self as a crea­ture of rein­ven­tion. But even now when she is os­ten­si­bly liv­ing the life of a soc­cer mom in Por­tu­gal, Madonna will wear a corset with­out pants when­ever she damn well chooses.

The artist Yoko Ono, 85, has care­fully crafted her im­age since she first burst onto the scene naked in bed with John Len­non. The former flower child never aban­doned her bug-eyed sun­glasses, hot pants, hat col­lec­tion or boho touches. She has aged with­out com­pro­mis­ing her fierce style.


The world’s most-fa­mous ma­tri­arch and multi-hy­phen­ate grand­mother Kris Jen­ner, 63, like her Kar­dashian clan daughters, also chooses not to fade into the wall­pa­per and of­ten leaves noth­ing to the imag­i­na­tion. But Jen­ner man­ages to walk the same line her way, go­ing for tight, low-cut and fab­u­lously age-in­ap­pro­pri­ate.


From her ’70s glam look drip­ping in furs and tur­bans, Cicely Tyson has cut a swath through fash­ion in each decade since. Now 93 (and still work­ing), Tyson’s picks al­ways slay. This year on the red car­pet at the Turner Clas­sic Film Fes­ti­val, she wowed

with a fresh bob cut and swingy white fringe jacket over a slinky sil­ver dress. Knock. Out.


Fame came later in life to Iris Apfel, 97. The past few years have seen an al­most ob­ses­sive in­ter­est in the former in­te­rior de­signer. Her sig­na­ture over­sized owl glasses and more-is­more jew­elry mantra, plus her eye for mix­ing colours and prints have fallen into tune with the Zeit­geist. Her style is time­less and to­tally unique.


But any se­nior-ec­cen­tric award has to go to Mr. L.A., James Gold­stein, 78. The mys­te­ri­ous fig­ure, who al­ways wears leather pants, a leather cow­boy hat and gobs of logo-mania– themed biker gear and jew­elry. The look doesn’t change whether he’s front row in Paris or court­side at L.A. Lakers’ home games.


Har­ri­son Ford, 76, can to­tally pull off an ear­ring. The ac­tion hero for the ages chose age 55 to get an ear­ring. Would Han Solo ap­prove? And fel­low ageless heart­throb Brad Pitt, 54, can still work a news­boy cap like a hip­ster 25 years his ju­nior. Once the golden-haired boy of the grunge era, to­day Pitt takes Dad chic to a whole new level.


Canada’s two chief sex sym­bol ex­ports, Christo­pher Plum­mer, 88, and Don­ald Suther­land, 83, have not lost their way around a red car­pet. Suther­land fa­mously la­belled him­self “an ugly man” in Hol­ly­wood, but we think he doth protest too much. He works an opera scarf like a pro and was made for a tux. Plum­mer’s brood­ing mar­quee idol face has got­ten bet­ter with deep lines, and he looks dash­ing at ev­ery award pre­sen­ta­tion.


Of­ten spot­ted in his tra­di­tional laven­der, Vogue’s Hamish Bowles, 55, is also the af­firmed master of pat­tern on pat­tern on pat­tern. This look is not for the faint of heart and gives the high-fly­ing style writer an imp­ish, play­ful qual­ity.

Sto­ried Harper’s Bazaar global fash­ion direc­tor, Carine Roit­feld, 64, works a very con­sis­tent per­sonal fash­ion brand: kohl-rimmed eyes, Parisian bed­head, sky-high stilet­tos, ul­tra sleek pen­cil skirts. She has not tamed her in­ner fash­ion beast one bit since be­com­ing a grand­mother.

And we couldn’t ap­prove more.

Yoko Ono

Hamish Bowles

Cicely Tyson

Brad Pitt

Cé­line Dion

Brigitte Macron

Carine Roit­feld

James Gold­stein

Kris Jen­ner

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