|Alyson’s book, published by Hardie Grant Books, is available in Europe now and in the United States in September.|
English journalist, Alyson Walsh, has just given us a marvelous book on style for those of us who belong to the club she calls FAB, her acronym for Fifty and Beyond.
Not only is her 160-page exploration of style at every age full of useful, concise tips and information, but it is also a fun, irreverent read.
She backs up her professional observations from working in the fun-filled world of fashion with women ranging in age from 90-something to 30-something and believe me, we all have something to learn from their wisdom on life and style.
|Iris Apfel, the 95-year-old New Yorker who is the poster girl for eternal style said: “If you don’t know who you are and you copy someone else’s style, then that’s sad. You must learn who you are and dress to suit your personality.”|
She has lists that tell us for example, “You’re Never Too Old For”. . .
- Silk pyjamas.
- Leopard prints.
- Kooky sunglasses.
- The latest “IT” trainers.
- A new hobby/friend/lipstick.
- Vintage (Even if it’s not really vintage, just something you’ve had for a very long time.)
- Chandelier earrings.
- Rock and Roll.
|Linda Rodin, 66, New York stylist with a successful career as a model said: “One of my friends gave me some good advice: Forget about the wrinkles and focus on the silhouette.”|
Alyson has pages on beauty, scarf tying, how to wear denim, how to quickly turn daytime dressing into evening, a chapter on “Wardrobe Glue” and then she emphasises how important it is for us to own a few “kick-ass” jackets. We all know what that means.
She explores different women’s signature styles and then tells us the stores where we can find the components for the looks.
|East Londoner, Thelma Speirs, 55, is described as a milliner, DJ and fashion muse. She had this to say about style: “I used to do that granny chic thing, but when you’re old enough to be a granny it doesn’t work any more.”|
One of the very best parts of her book — apart from what Alyson and her interviewees have to say of course — are the absolutely brilliant illustrations by Leo Greenfield whose eccentric, fluid, full of joie de vivre work makes the book come alive.
So, if you’re looking for a good time I guarantee you’ll find it in Style Forever.