Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Different Kind of Beauty

Fashion is something I used to really, really love. The idea of being able to look at a piece of fabric and see a dress or a blouse wile most would just see fabric is quite the gift. As I have gotten older I realized there is not a lot of exclusivity in fashion anymore. There used to be, now one has to pay $10,000 to get that exclusivity. For that I direct you to the Hermes Birkin bag. I love the design of the Birkin bag, yes I do, and if I was ever able to have one, I would prefer it in green or black or orange. 

But I was not doing this post to discuss trends in fashion. I am more interested in certain people, who whether by choice or by accident, are fashion icons. Not the standard beauties like Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly or Cher or Dolly Parton. While those women have deservedly earned their day in the sun, I wanted to show some women who go off the beaten path in looks and dress. 

Tilda Swinton.

She is David Bowie's doppelganger, an incredible actress and defines androgyny. She is bold in her fashion choices and that alone makes her one of my all time favorites.

The first time I saw Rossy De Palma it was the early 80's and I was appalled that she was being used as a model. Remember, this was the time of Cindy Crawford, Christie Brinkley and more. Now when I look at her, I am ashamed that I did not recognize her Picasso like beauty. How defying the norm is better than following the masses. 

It is time the mature woman gets her due. Many moons ago it was expected that once you hit a certain age, you dressed like a nun and had to exact very reserved. I am being a bit dramatic, but let's face it, you had to hide your true self and follow society's decorum. Luckily, society bends a little better now. Let me start with this lovely 62 year old, Tziporah Salamon, who is now modelling for Lanvin.

Carmen Dell'Orefice is my all time favorite model EVER. She is 81 and STILL working. She exudes confidence and I should be so lucky to age is wonderfully as she has. One time, in an interview, they asked her how she stays looking so young and she had said exercise and food but then smiled and said "Sex!". That's my girl.

I am sure there are many, many more people out there that defy fashion/looks convention and those are the folks we should look to for inspiration when we get stuck in an artistic rut. The best of a different drum can make a big difference, believe me.


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