I ran into my new friend at the Armani Caffé again this week in Milan.  She speaks little to no English, but we are still becoming fast friends.

It seems an espresso at Armani is the way she starts most days, not a bad life.  I think we will see more of her on this blog soon.


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  1. mara

    November 21, 2014 at 9:50 am


  2. Martine

    November 21, 2014 at 9:51 am

    How do you communicate? She is glorious. Where is she from?

  3. carmen

    November 21, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Her manicure it’s so perfect it amazes me !! You should try your italian , seems to be a very interesting lady.

  4. Olga

    November 21, 2014 at 10:03 am

    what a brilliant image!!!


  5. Nívia

    November 21, 2014 at 10:04 am

    She’s beautiful!

  6. kelsey

    November 21, 2014 at 10:08 am

    all of those rings. love these portraits of her

  7. Colli

    November 21, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Loving that attitude of her! Brilliant!

    xoxo Colli // my blog – tobeyoutiful

  8. cece

    November 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

    You must find a translation app asap. No doubt this lady has some great stories, fashion and otherwise. She looks like she’s seen a lot in her lifetime.

  9. Yulia Yemelianova

    November 21, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Wow, she’s great! Prada And LV belts worn together (plus all the jewelry) in one outfit is a smart and ironic message))

    BarbarianMe Blog

  10. Ted

    November 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Wish you would shoot full length of her

  11. Mimosas and Me

    November 21, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I remember her from another photo of yours. I love how she dresses like this everyday. So no common in these times

  12. jana

    November 21, 2014 at 11:29 am

    She reminds me a little bit of Iris Apfel, cause she also seems to have a love for bracelets.

  13. From The World With Love

    November 21, 2014 at 11:37 am

    A great style and probably a great women who have seen a lot …
    there is an expression in French that fits her is “Bete de Scene” “Bete de la Mode”
    Yael Guetta


  14. Fashion Snag

    November 21, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Love this portrait!


  15. lds

    November 21, 2014 at 11:44 am

    She is beautiful and time-defying.
    But how much did she pay for her belts, and how much does the gentleman barber in the previous post earn in one month? How much does her espresso cost and how much does the gentleman barber spend on food for a day?

    • tallulah

      November 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      I made a similar comment about a post (from India) and I was shot down in flames promptly. I feel that to be completely stylish – graceful, elegant or however one wishes to name the characteristic – compassion and understanding produce the whole package. Clothes (as addictive and amazing as they are) do not maketh the man! – will this get published?

      • Tracy

        November 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm

        Hear, hear! True beauty is more than the top layer.

    • Martine

      November 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Not everyone has the same thing, for many reasons, including the decisions they made, the decisions their ancestors made, and the decisions their countries leaders made. Thats how it is, and it is probably how it should be. Lets face it, a long line of street barbers will only get you so far. If you take away the absurdities like the Kanye Wests of the of this world it is usually fair.

  16. Nathalie Elizabeth

    November 21, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    She is amazing woman

  17. TeMo

    November 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Bella, on so many levels. Thank you.

  18. grizzlesnort

    November 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Not crazy about the belt buckles–makes me think she’ll be wearing a grill if she smiles….. Otherwise, dazzling and shamanic.

    • Trinity

      November 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      Shamanic? Sadly, many of us have been looking at too many fashion shoots with gross liberties being taken with culture and history. I find this comment not so much racist, but as being simply ignorant.

      The shaman woman whom I know is in her later forties and has been a practicing shaman on the reservation here in Arizona for almost three decades. She is full blooded Native American, non-gender specific and would never in a million years display such a show of blatant consumerism with such clothing or labels (logos). Her ceremonial skirt is pure white and simple, and no jewelry is allowed during ceremonies-not even a simple gold wedding band, so you won’t find a dazzling array of bracelets and rings on her, or in her circle of contemporaries.

  19. BethS

    November 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Giving Ari Seth Cohen a run for his money now?

    • cece

      November 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      The more the merrier….so, let’s hope so.

  20. tallulah

    November 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Magnificent – we await impatiently for more of this grande dame.

  21. Annelise

    November 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Might as well wear all your jewellery at once, can’t take none of it with you.

  22. sophie

    November 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    woowww nice!!!

  23. debbie

    November 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I would LOVE to see all that jewelry up close and personal. It looks amazing.

  24. Alex

    November 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I’m really enjoying the bits of story that go along with the photos. Looking forward to more of this!

  25. Ramona

    November 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Beyond words, i’ll hang it on my wall!

  26. Caleb

    November 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Yup, we need more of her. Reminds me of “the Mandarin”, the archenemy of Iron Man, from Marvel comics. All her rings, and royal demeanor, that is.

    And also forgot to mention: really digg your new longer hair, Scott. Looks great on you.

  27. natalia

    November 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    those hands look so heavy


  28. Accidental Icon

    November 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Fashion transcends age and gives everyone a reason to get up, dressed (fantastically of course) and out for an expresso. My response to getting older has been to have a love affair with clothing and to start blogging about fashion. Clothing is age defying and way better than surgery.
    Accidental Icon

  29. carole

    November 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Beautiful…great style never fades.

  30. Helen

    November 21, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Oh my. What an image. Definitely a woman you would know not to mess with. Love it. You know we all want to see the series, you little tease!

  31. Liz

    November 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    she is amazing


  32. robert

    November 21, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Rather like my friend Michele Lamy and most decidedly like the late Marchesa Casati. I suspect that one hundred years ago your new friend would have kept dozens of gowns by Poiret and like Casati, had enormous glass cages of boa constrictors in her Paris palais. I agree with one of your commentators about the buckles; I find the Vuitton and Prada buckles a tad bourgeois. Of course we’d prefer Faberge but I think a stunning YSL faux stone buckle from the seventies or even Kenneth Jay Lane would look perfect. Hattie Carnegie did great costume jewelry decades ago too!

  33. lowis

    November 22, 2014 at 5:44 am

    I always wonder what she is like when she isn’t b/w. she must be rather colourfull with all these layers and things … Or does everthing fit perfectly together?

  34. Maggie

    November 22, 2014 at 7:46 am


  35. Saba

    November 22, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Thank you for showing an older woman who has taste and personal style. I am dismayed by the blogs for older women as many wear garish clothes, gypsy costumes, etc. Here’s to older people — men and women — who look terrific and dress well, at any price level.

  36. Andy

    November 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

    On the one hand she’s a tacky/wacky Iris Apfel, on the other, she – and some of the fawning comments she’s elicited – is a remark on consumerist culture. In either case, yes, would love get to know her through an interview and photo feature, perhaps in her home (the ultimate curiosity).

  37. Amy

    November 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    This woman rocks my world

  38. Brian Satterlee

    November 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Very interesting contrasting picture… very white and dark! Probably not planned but interesting to look at.

  39. Anthony

    November 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Remarkable. A little too much mystique and mystery from the black and white in her face. Would have loved more sharpness there.

  40. Lolaparker

    November 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm


  41. selena

    November 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    incredible photograph!!! what a lady

  42. Name*

    November 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Reminds me of a Brassai photograph of La Mome Bijou.

  43. Katie

    November 23, 2014 at 3:04 am

    This is an incredible photograph! She is amazing.


  44. robert

    November 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Another person came to mind, great artist/potter and style icon Beatrice Wood.

  45. Patrick

    November 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Will someone please explain to me the fondness that many old women have for wearing multiple rings?

  46. Peppermint Dolly

    November 23, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  47. Kathryn Whitworth

    November 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    She’s really cool.. I was amazed how she carry herself with those accessories. It’s very rare in her age who still has the heart of fashion and style. It really inspires me so much.. its really true that fashion doesn’t aged.

  48. www.joybracelet.com

    November 23, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    like the stylish bangle,cold style women, noble

  49. franklan

    November 23, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    like photo, historical, nice.

  50. Love CompassionateLee

    November 24, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I love seeing her on here and all her gorgeous rings.

  51. roger

    November 24, 2014 at 11:10 am

    shes so gangsta

  52. Sara

    November 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

    She is wearing at least a couple of Pomellato rings per hand.

  53. g

    November 26, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    a woman wants to wear it all now…time is ticking.

  54. Deirdre

    November 28, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Life is puzzling – I don’t necessarily see more joy in the face of this lady than in the Indian girl carrying het flower bundle in your later post….

  55. katia

    November 29, 2014 at 9:36 am

    her looks scares me

  56. Bull

    November 29, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Definite wonderful treasure !

  57. gigi

    November 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I like how your fashion photographs show that fashion has no price tag, and there truly are no age limits for beauty or only specific body types that are beautiful.
    If we only had fashion magazines that were based more on what YOU see, than the “canned pasteurized homogenized” photos that are the norm here in the U.S.

  58. Edith

    November 30, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I keep coming back to look at this lady. The quilted satin collar standing up is very “Queen Elizabeth” to me. Then there is the spray of fur around that. Its not just the jewelry that makes her look royal.

  59. Janice

    December 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    She personifies STYLE. So put together. So perfect.
    Knows when to stop. Elegant. Interesting.

  60. Simone

    December 2, 2014 at 8:05 am

    L’ho incontrata anche io all’Armani caffè, una persona davvero singolare.

  61. ReloadEvolve

    December 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Wow shes got some serious swag! Cant get enough of the accessory stacks!


  62. Lucía arias

    December 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    UUppss! no sabía que ponerme y me lo puse todo, y qué todo!! con clase.

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