Friday, 1 October 2010

Grey pride

After a mass pilgrimage of the fiercely fashionable to London and beyond this month, Fashion weeks around the world have now drawn to a close for 2010.

So what exciting trends have emerged from the couture, and what can we expect to be translated into high street next Spring/Summer? In summary: White’s are in, Neon Brights are back, Fringing is abundant, and Prints – well, the louder the better! We are apparently supposed to tease our hair into 70’s-esque frizzy-chic afro’s or just off the beach waves (in London?) and go hell for leather for the biker babe look…I’m talking leather and studded accessories people.
And what about the image we are supposed to be channeling as a result of the ‘new’ female friendly models used on the catwalks. Last year a ‘Fast furor’ broke out as Mark Fast put plus size models in body con knitwear. This year, there was no exception to breaking body boundaries. Grey is suddenly ‘the new black’ as Brit designer Giles put his 71 year old leading lady in the spotlight, showcasing the veteran modeling legend – Veruschka von Lehndorff. Walking alongside the fresh faced Brit WAG Abbey Clancy, you could be forgiven for thinking he’s lost his marbles a bit. However, this gorgeous granny stole the show, and the subsequent headlines, and this appreciation of old school glamour and beauty is admirable! Following suit, Madrid based designer Duyos applied the same rules to his show last week with a troupe of golden oldies. He was overheard unapologetically musing ‘I am fed up of seeing 20-year-old models advertise anti-wrinkle creams for women aged 60. Beauty does not end at 40 or 50’ and then went on to describe elderly women as being ‘just as beautiful as 20-year-olds’.

Is this a statement being made by designers worldwide to gain a wider following? Or are they, just as we are, influenced by the street trends of ‘Grey’ being back en mode. Take for example the continued lure of silver haired supermodel Kristen McMenamy, the massive success of the Lady Gaga Vogue covershoot and the recent research showing Men over 55, a.k.a Silver Foxes, are officially sexy again. Don’t get me wrong; although I wouldn’t say no to George Clooney, it’s all a bit Electra complex for my liking…

However, for once, I’m loving that Fashion Week is promoting natural beauty, and growing old gracefully. When my blonde locks start fading into a silvery style, I’m definitely going to do everything I can to make it shine. Until then, I’ll leave it to the professionals.

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