I wish American women of that “certain age” would present themselves like this more often. There’s not a hint of plastic surgery nor a desperate grasp at trying to look like her daughter. Just confidence, great accessories..[Hermes watch??] and that certain “something” that most European women have. I want to look like this when I grow up!
I thought before enlarging that madame was wearing two watches – just one, it turns out, but all the brown leather looks great. (Brown and black being a favorite combination of mine.) She could swap them for diamonds and go straight out on the town.
The pleated dress: ladylike and smart. The leather belt: makes it younger and hip.
I love this woman. Great hair and great accessories. She personifies effortless grace, with a great expression to match. The dress with pleats has that eye-catching quality, without being over the top, that completes the whole picture.
That’s the Hermes watch with the double strap that Martin Margiela did when he designed their jewelry collection several years back. I think it only lasted a year. It is the very same watch that has become my everyday watch for the past 4 years. Love the bondagy feel!
Very age appropriate! I can only hope that I age this well. Her dress really emphasizes her well toned physique, and I love the brown watch w/the black dress. A very smart look! You can tell that she enjoys life.
This woman is really beautiful and so elegant. The watch is Men’s Cape Code Hermes, I think. As a parisian myself, I’m proud of my compatriots.. Thank you for this photography. It’s not winter, because today, it’s very cold in Paris..
Great to see a mature lady so at ease for a long time.A fine idea to use lots of bracelets,strings and an unusual watch to decorize the bare arms.She also has an excellent taste for clothing-all black but different textures.It nearly looks natural that she holds the cigarette loosely in a hand that has a big ring.
Such a lovely smile, she clearly has a wonderful attitude which is always chic. And the cape cod double tour! Has been on my wish list for about three years now. Though for some reason I don’t think it would be fitting for a 19 year old like me to purchase one… just yet.
chi-chi… we’d ALL like to look like that when we reach that “certain age.” Unfortunately most of us aren’t blessed with her excellent genes. In beauty-obsessed America, confidence and great accessories will only get you so far. Why criticize older women for getting treatments and surgery? If it makes them look and feel better, it’s their choice. Sometimes aging “naturally” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
She has achieved to look her age and aware of contemporary fashion and fads and individual and has a hair style which suits her perfectly and needs little maintenance. I am happy for her success in happy life attitude from the bottom of my heart! Cheers, dear madame!
Right now she looks fantastic and has aged really well. However if were her, I’d toss the cigarette as it’s only a matter of time before the effects catch up with her. Also, please, as a matter of principle, don’t do justice to such a horrid habit!!!!
I can see why you’d want to use this shot; she has a very candid, genuine look of amusement on her face. Nice catch! :) However, I must agree with the chorus of posters above me, voicing their disapproval of the cigarette; I feel including it in the photo (excellent though it may be) is in poor form.
I don’t like it when someone closeby is smoking, and i worry when someone I care about smokes, but i still think people should feel free to smoke as long as they’re not hurting others (ie. as long as they’re outside). After all, it’s their body!
I love these posts of older, elegant women. And this one is not only beautifully dressed, she also looks full of confidence and joie de vivre. In a word, inspiring.
I’m truly grateful that you posted this picture. I’ve been feeling very insecure about my greying hair lately, but on principle I don’t want to colour it. This reminds me to flash my great smile and remain confident in my own classic style and unique beauty. Thanks for this.
these comments about the cigs really seem to miss the point. this is a real woman, not an actress or a model that is being held up as a standard. in photographing real people scott will inevitably photograph people who have habits you dislike. personally, i’ll take a smoker with great style and a big smile over a sanctimony and finger-pointing any day. to each his/her own.
I have enlarged the picture and… Perhaps she is wearing two watches! One for the time in Paris and one for the time in some place very far away from Paris where someone she really cares for took a long trip. The good news was that this someone was arriving back to Paris that same afternoon the picture was taken. And that’s why she wears two watches and such a big, big smile.
As a woman of a certain age, I know how hard I have to work to age naturally without the aid of plastic surgery. It’s great to go gray and look so well, but it doesn’t work for everyone. The idea is to thoughtfully find your own personal style as you age. It takes imagination, but this woman sets an example for us all, except for the cigarette. Gentlewoman
I AM her age-glad to see such postitive response to this grande dame of style.Too bad people think they can legislate smokers-personal choice-it does NOT detract from such ease and elegance.Brava-youth, take note;it is always class and elegance that remains for all to admire….
I love her accessories, too, but the first thing I noticed was how she mixed different textures of black. Her dress, her belt, her sweater and her bag…so cool and easier said than done. She has a smile that shows experience, confidence and grace, a smile a young woman like myself simply cannot replicate. Bravo!
I am appalled by the cigarette comments. Can’t you all tell? Smoking is part of her elegance and style. This shot is perfect! Confidence,ease, style, pose, and a great big smile! Increable! It reminds me of better times when smoking wasn’t a crime. Let her be people.