If April showers bring May flowers, I anticipate spending much of the month knee-deep in blossoms, and that’s before addressing the floral trends on offer from some of our favourite designers this season. In the absence of mercury actually rising, I’m happily improvising by adding a little extra heat in the form of colour to my wardrobe. With a borderline addiction to black, I tend to ease myself in with baby steps, starting with a red lip – there are few things that brighten my mood quite like a pop of lip colour. (Chocolate comes a close second.) My sources of inspiration for both style and beauty have changed a lot in recent years. I find myself increasingly looking to older generations for a roadmap on how to navigate everything from life’s daily challenges to dressing a body that no longer looks 19. And it seems I’m not alone. In what’s being called a “greynnaisance”, fashion’s next generation is largely over 60. Back in 2015, we celebrated the then-80-year-old author Joan Didion becoming the face of Céline. That one campaign sparked a ripple of change. Saint Laurent tapped Joni Mitchell to stir the advertising pot further. More recently, Isabella Rossellini, Jan de Villeneuve and Daphne Selfe have posed for
Sies Marjan, Simone Rocha and Tank Magazine, respectively.
In response to the call for change, this month we’re highlighting ageless style icons – women for whom attitude, not age, defines how they dress. Perhaps the greatest leader of this revolution is Iris Apfel, the 96-year-old style maven who, at the time of going to print, is currently running a pop-up shop at Bergdorf Goodman in New York. The nonagenarian was using the opportunity to clear some space in her magnificent closets “to make room for some new things”. I had the pleasure of interviewing the style icon, who doesn’t hold back when it comes to calling out the industry for its focus on the young.
Continuing in the spirit of supporting all women, I implore everyone – young and old – to get out and vote on May 25. This month’s referendum has the potential to bring about significant changes for the women of Ireland. And while views may remain divisive on the subject of abortion, it is crucial to be informed on the facts and make our voices heard. If there’s one positive to gain from the impassioned debates that have taken place thus far, it is that people are finally sitting up and listening to female voices in this country. Make sure yours is one of them.
Until next month,
The May issue of IMAGE Magazine is on sale nationwide from April 26.