Carine Roitfeld, 59, All Over Press.
TOP STYLISH WOMEN OVER 50
Who says being a style icon has a cut-off point? These women have learned some important lessons in fashion over the years, and are evidence that a good look is the right choice for any age.
At 58, model and activist Iman has broken down all sorts of boundaries in her career. Between playing muse for designers, charity work, acting and her eponymous make-up line for women of colour, she has made a mark in the world of fashion and beyond. And she still knows how to cut a sharp figure on the red carpet with husband David Bowie.
Known for sexing up French Vogue during her ten-year helm of the magazine, 59 year old Carine Roitfeld epitomises the allure of the modern Parisian woman – and proves you’re never too old for leather pencil skirts and black eyeliner.
The French know better than most that beauty and style can flourish at any age, and at 87, actress Emmanuelle Riva embodies this perfectly. Not afraid of mixing prints and eclectic jewellery with a red lip – no matter the event – Riva’s style is an inspiration for all ages.
INÈS DE LA FRESSANGE
Having spent her youth acting as muse to Karl Lagerfeld; Inès de la Fressange knows a thing or two about how to dress well. With impeccable taste, at 56 the style icon still knows how to mix timeless chic pieces with a touch of the latest trends to faultless effect.
The former model and now creative director of American Vogue cuts a stylish figure in understated, sleek black clothing and impressive flaming red hair. At 73, her lengthy career behind the lens has led to years of fantastical fashion shoots filling the pages of the magazine.
At 92, Iris Apfel may be the oldest fashion icon in town. Not that there’s nothing wrong with that! The designer and businesswoman’s status as muse to some of New York’s major luminaries proves that. The Metropolitan Museum even dedicated an exhibition to her wardrobe in 2005, which must be the best marker of a truly stylish woman there is.
Lauren Hutton’s all-American cover girl good looks haven’t diminished in her lengthy career as an actress and model. At 70, her clean-cut, cool sense of style continues to inspire a new generation of fans who love her tailored, modern take on preppy classics.
With her career as a model beginning in New York in the late 1940s, Carmen dell’Orefice continues to turn heads on the runway at 82. Since coming out of retirement in 1978, the supermodel has worked regularly, still appearing on covers with a bone structure to die for.
The quintessential English drama queen, Helen Mirren’s acting career has earned her an Oscar, a Golden Globe and even a damehood. At 68, she’s far from shy on the red carpet, too, with a classic, fun sense of style, as chic as it is flattering.
Summing up the spirit of the Swinging 1960s, Charlotte Rampling first made her mark in controversial films like The Night Porter. Now, aged 68, she still plays muse to designers and directors, and is even the face of Nars Cosmetics, showing us that beauty knows no limits when it comes to age.