Monday, 9 January 2012

New Year, New Age

        As a new year begins and we find ourselves making new year's resolutions...and breaking them, trying out new and interesting things...and giving them up - one thing remains certain: our age. We are all another year older and if luck would have it each and everyone of us is another year wiser. Our styles have become more developed, our opinions more concrete and our interests more certain.
        And as 2012 starts it would seem that this age is staring at us straight in the face - Beyoncé is now no longer the young cute, teen, lead-singer of Destiny's Child she used to be but the beautiful, inspiring mother of the wish-you-were-her Blue Ivy Carter. She has grown up, as has Arizona Muse who is no longer the young baby mama trying to break it in the modelling industry which she once was but this month's Vogue cover star and fashion's much awed at muse of the moment.

       All of us have aged. However, it is this age which seems to cause a constant problem in fashion and in life. Muse's British Vogue cover debut has already sparked much controversy for looking too old. Whilst some people find the 50s housewife-esque image kitsch and appealing others find it tried and dull. The harsh make up along with the scenario makes Muse look old; it's her effortless smile which combats this - that, her quiff and the perfect movement of her delectable Prada skirt. God forbid she look too old.
        It's a fact of life though that when we're younger we want to look older (or maybe just like someone with i-D who happens to be older) and when we're older we want to look younger. Regardless of who we are, there seems to be some sort of eternal appeal about being in your late teens come early twenties. It is some sort of perfect age, in which the world is our oyster and physically we are at our peaks. In some sort of ideal parallel universe we would remain this age forever just as Elle Macpherson somehow manages to do today.

      She's 47...I know. Yet Macpherson is one of a kind in that she is 'The Body' and for most of us ageing like her is as likely as scrunchies coming back into fashion next season. It's not going to happen even if we do eat and exercise like she does. It is something which bar the use of a costly knife we cannot control and something which we needn't because no matter what we do, one day we will all have wrinkles...even Elle. One day we will all be old.
      The trick, however, is not to focus on our  actual age throughout our lives but to ignore it; to live the age we feel in 2012 and onwards. Attend lavish parties, dress amazingly and have fun. This mindset invigorates us so that, regardless of appearance our inner age and outer style radiates past our wrinkles. It exemplifies us for who we are and is the reason why the likes of Franca Sozzani, Grace Coddington and Carine Roitfeld still look so amazing today.

        They are the ages which they feel not 61, 70 and 57 respectively and in an age in which laws exist which are too old we needn't feel too old; I am 17.of course you will no doubt be thinking I am not too old but neither is Karl Lagerfeld, he is 78 and he is not too old. It's time for us to accept our inner ages and enjoy them and then maybe come Sozzani, Coddington or Roitfeld's age we might not look or feel quite so old after all.

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 Whatever your age you are not too old to make a difference. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sam! great posting. i tend to think that all people are ageless. (at least some of them) :) i liked this video too-very cute way to done.