Sunday, 19 October 2014

Quote of the week: Frances McDormand

In a fantastic interview with the New York Times, 57-year-old Frances McDormand talks about the new HBO series Olive Kitteridge and her fight-back against the age-old problem:

' We are on red alert when it comes to how we are perceiving ourselves as a species. Adulthood is not a goal. It's not seen as a gift. Something happened culturally: no one is supposed to age past 45 - sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally. Everybody dresses like a teenager. Everybody dyes their hair. Everybody is concerned about a smooth face.'

'I have not mutated myself in any way. Joel (her husband Joel Coen) and I have this conversation a lot. He literally has to physically stop me from saying something to people - to friends who've had work done. I'm so full of fear and rage about what they've done.'

And now, I love her just a little bit more. Read the full interview here.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Gorgeous dresses with sleeves by Allium B

Every time I see Mary from Allium B she's wearing another gorgeous grown-up dress. One of the perks of running your own fashion label is that you get to wear the product - and model it for That's Not My Age. Here's Mary wearing her current favourite, the Helena dress (above), which comes in viscose georgette and features embroidery inspired by a fragment of French fabric found at Portobello market. And here are some highlights from the autumn collection, which is lovely. I know, because I've seen Mary wearing most of it. 

Allium B was set up by Mary and her sister Clare just over two years ago, when they couldn't find suitable dresses on the high street. With plenty of fashion industry experience and a penchant for vintage-inspired frocks, the Brighton-based duo have come up with a winning formula. 'We provide a tightly edited collection of beautifully detailed dresses, designed to be worn and loved for more than one season,' Mary tells me, 'We call it slow(er) fashion. We love sleeves and side pockets and hunting through vintage fairs to find an old piece of beading or embroidery to bring back to life in a new design.'

Already reasonably priced, these gorgeous grown-up dresses are even more of a deal with That's Not My Age discount. Just type in the code TNMA for 20% off the autumn/winter range. And if you live in Brighton there's a sample sale this Saturday. I'm spoiling you now...

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Quotes on age and style

When I said I'd finished the final chapter of my book, I didn't realise how much work there was still to do. Writing the intro was excruciating, actually writing every chapter was excruciating but I knew I had to get the opening pages right. To really nail it. So much to say, such a small word-count. The Book is currently being laid-out by the designer (hasn't been proof-read yet, so I have that to come) and I should have a rough draft next week. Still can't quite believe it's happening...

I like the idea of starting every chapter with a quote, so I was doing a bit of research when up popped this brilliant article (25 Famous Women on Getting Older) in New York magazine last week. Think I'll definitely be including this one from Whoopi Goldberg:

'Listen, the best advice on aging is this: What’s the alternative? The alternative, of course, is death. And that’s a lot of shit to deal with. So I’m happy to deal with menopause. I’ll take it.'

Do you have any favourite quotes?

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Iris Apfel for &otherstories

Some collaborations are just so right; like Ari Seth Cohen's photos of Iris Apfel for Danish brand &otherstories. I clocked the fantastic, geometric patterned coat in-store this week, before I'd seen the campaign, and now I know it's got the Apfel seal of approval I'll be going back for a second glance. Iris, the Albert Maysles documentary on the self-proclaimed 'geriatric starlet' premiered at the New York Film Festival this week and I'd love to get a closer look at that too.

There's a video clip of the film here. Have a fabulous weekend.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Let's reclaim the word 'old' says Prof Mary Beard

Photo: Sunday Times

I was once, rather ridiculously, told by M&S magazine (RIP) that I couldn't use the word 'older' in a feature I was writing about age. I know, it makes no sense. So, hooray then for Cambridge University classicist Mary Beard who told the Cheltenham Literary Festival this week:

'I’m really trying to reclaim the word old. I think about it in terms of other kinds of reclamations of vocabulary we've had over the years, such as ‘black’ or ‘queer'. I'm rather keen for a campaign to do that for old, instead of 'old' instantly connoting the hunched old lady and gentleman on the road sign, or the picture that you get on the adverts you get for senior railcards. I hope by the time I die, old will be something that makes people fill with pride.'

I'm joining the campaign - are you?

Quote via the Independent.