Aha! So this is what happened to Maria Von Trapp. She moved to Paris and spends her days roaming the boulevards looking impossibly chic in a strict governess sort of way. I worship at your pumps and pop socks! Love it.
I love it when "older" people have great style. Unfortunately here in Vienna most people over 50 don't seem to care what they're wearing… Her trench is exquisite, I love the color. And her hair is very special, too!
Like a German-looking Glenn Close! I love the coiffure and the length of the skirt and manteau. She seems to be from a different era. She oozes strange elegance. We need images like these to remind us to look and feel good and comfortable at any age.
A fierce presence. Handsome strong features which belie the pastel coat. More like her please. The young 'uns would do well to look like her now, let alone in their old age. (Let's not patronise the older women, please.)
Contrast the class of this woman with the abject trashiness of the American Apparel ad at left. I dig AA's "Made In America" thing, but their ads so closely resemble kiddie porn that they're a major distraction on this site…
Her face reminds me of my grandmother who grew up on the Indian reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina – very what's all the fuss? Maybe she's been well-dressed all her life or really sure of herself, either one sounds nice. I'd totally wear this look.
Very ambiguous photograph. Up to the end of her hand, she looks edgy and modelesque, with her crisp-looking pale pink coat. But what happens further down? Her bag, legs and shoes are pointing to some kind of hidden tragedy, and once you've seen them, the look on her face suddenly isn't proud, but almost pleading and desperate. Is this me and my overactive imagination? There's a real dichotomy here – the pristine coat (and it takes a lot of keeping clean and crisp, pale pink!) and the plastic handbag and holey lace secret socks showing around her well-worn shoes. This photograph makes me feel so sad………….
I think it's a shame that you won't publish critical comments on your pictures. They have to be adoring of either your work or the subject for you to post them. If someone dares to differ you throw their comment out. I can understand if the critique is disrespectful of the subject, but otherwise it's less than honest of you to just pitch those comments.
She has the most astonishing face. Such strong features that might easily be immortalized in a painting. She's fascinating, really. This portrait says to me that maybe she was reluctant to stop for a picture. Her weight is on her back foot like she's not planning on staying for more than a second. Her expression is guarded and slightly pained, though the hand holding the purse is fairly relaxed. She has no wedding ring, or any other visible jewelry. The jacket is very pretty, and looks like it's been hemmed, which is interesting, because the skirt underneath is so much longer and heavier. Velvet? Denim? Imagine her in the same coat with a floral dress peeking out from underneath, and a bit of a heel. Changes the whole idea of who she might be. I enjoy the fanciful journeys these photos inspire.
I appreciate the lack of ageism in these comments, because it really gets in the way of understanding style. She is wearing a great coat, period. I didn't think her bag was plasticy, and I happen to love white bags this time of year.
What wonderful style. But what is she looking at in such a wearily suspicious way? Is it provoked by something you have said or a reaction to some unsavoury event happening behind you? Please let us know, there is a real element of the Mona Lisa here!
I agree with the Germanesque Glenn Close but I was thinking more Crispin Glover's angry nana rocking the puffy skirts under trench which my god someone give her a complimentary high ball just for that!
att lasty a women over 30 amongst your pictures. I find it a pity that you do not have more stylish older women in our blog. You'v shown that age is not an issue for men to look stylish even sexy, it should not be an issue for women either. power to the 'older' woman, more style to her
I agree with a previous blogger that she looks like she an older Princess Leia. Leia was a powerful woman who still had this caring heartâ€“a really excellent balance. She knows exactly what she's fighting for and doesn't let anyone, not even a arrogant pilot like Hans Solo, intimidate her or put her in her place.
I think this is how an older Princess Leia would dress, especially in Paris. A structured, pastel coat with a hint of sheen; a simple, white purse; her high cheek bones, her close, but soft curls in her hair; her sweet and understated color palatte; the way the folds of her skirt spill out under her coat is just so damn charming. The play of soft and hard commands a delicate power that Princess Leia and this Parisian woman share.
I really adore this picture. And I love the fact that she can't be bothered with high heels… better to fight stormtroopers, I suppose.
I was inspired by your blog many months ago. I am 62 years of age and now publish a blog commenting on my way of dressing for the older (yes, older not old) woman. I live in Paris and manufacture cashmere for my boutique, so I am very much involved in the world of fashion. This particular picture and its comments sooooo interests me. Must say, I am more than amazed how the audience insisted on putting the "old woman" or "granny" name tag. Call me sensitive if you want, but I would not want people calling me an old woman because of my age. This incredibly stylish woman gave me a good lesson in elegance, and her age had nothing to do with it. This older woman of 62 thanks you for your "eye", Scott. http://www.lindawrightsthoughts.blogspot.com
I love that she is what she is and who cares what age or how we refer to her. It is ok to be an old lady if that's what she is. She dresses for style and comfort and it looks like she really did not want to be photographed. Aging is not a disease.
Thank you Linda Wright for your comment. These 20 and 30 year olds who are calling this lady "old, granny, etc" will be her age one day. When the tables are turned, let's see how they feel being called old.
Tres chic! Thanks so much for showing chic happens at any age. I have 2 grandsons, and can still rock a pair of skinny jeans. My grey hairs peak unashamed from my brown hairs. I took a vow long ago to not be visually boring, and to do this as gracefully as this lady.
An Italian aristocrat! Not French or Scandinavian. Definitely Italian! I imagine a very interesting life lived. She is older now, and still beautiful. She doesn't suffer fools gladly. Self-assured. Classy in a way that is most definitely European. Amazing cheekbones! The coat looks almost like raw silk (my very chic European grandmother belted her coat that way). She hasn't compromised comfort for style. I'm speculating about her, of course, as are we all. A fascinating photo that inspires speculation.
Someone mentioned she owns a boutique in Milan… What an interesting lady!
I agree with the anonymous poster who thinks this woman is not as old as she appears. I think her hair and rather frumpy clothing makes her look older than she is. A more youthful hairstyle and a more form fitting outfit and she could be quite stunning.