“Ces Femmes Que Donnent Envie De Vieillir” — “These Women Who Make Us Want To Be Older”– those were the words, large and bold, that French Elle shouted at us from the newsstands.
To prove the point, the editors chose to put the ever beautiful Lauren Hutton on the cover. She will be 70 this year we’re told, and inside on page after page after page she proves how chic it is to be bold and break all the rules. She, like many women today, understand the difference between the sublime and the ridiculous.
A recent study by the highly respected Insee, Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies) discovered that the French are happiest between the ages of 60 and 75. Imagine that!
What felt different about this issue was that it didn’t seem to be about age per se, it was more a celebration of women and age be damned. The tone was joyful and was not at all one of those classic, boring, almost insulting pieces about “what to wear after 40, 50, 60, 70” those sorts of after thought articles where the editors realize we have some disposable income that might interest advertisers. Not at all. It was proof, if we ever need a little reinforcement, that age is becoming totally irrelevant if we decide it’s so.
I’ll tell you much more tomorrow in the second installment, but once again I’m off to Paris. It is an exquisite day. I think spring has finally arrived.