“40 is the new 20” and I will prove it to you with the help of with Caroline de Maigret, JJ martin, Joanna Hillman, Kate Hudson Davidson, Marigay McKee, Natalie Massenet, Nina Garcia, Kate Dimmock to name few and this beautiful charming stylish woman that I met for the first time last month. Who is she ? I don’t know. Hopefully one of you will recognize her.
YES ! “40 is the new 20” .
The more I see some women attending fashion weeks, the more I believe that 40s is an amazing period in a woman ‘s life.
Because at 40, you harvest what you’ve been planting for years, for decades. Women are like flowers : they blossom. At 40, those who are where they wanted to be project more confidence than ever. And that’s very sexy I believe. In a world dominated by selfies, it’s great to see women not looking for attention, not looking for photographers and others approval. Life for them is not about having more likes or followers, but about doing great things, balancing private life and career, making the most important persons in their life happy and proud.
Their happiness doesn’t comes from Instagram but from their children, from their husband, from their friends they’ve been knowing for decades, from their personal and professional achievements. Their personality matured. Their style is just the clothe of their personality. They don’t need to beg brands to dress them up because they know who they are.
Media and especially female and fashion magazines should give more importance to this category of women. They have so much to share, so much to teach to the younger generation who lives too much its life through social media rather than building a great real life with real people. Just my thought.
If you know who this charming woman is, please, tag her so that I can thank her again .
Caroline de Maigret always brings the French style with her a the New York fashion week. And photographers are always eager to photograph her.
JJ Martin always make me think that she could play The “femme fatale” in a James Bond movie. She project so much self confidence… and can freeze you with just a look.
Joanna Hillman, I imagine her in a X-Men movie. Her signature : dancing blond hair, black sunglasses and red lipstick. She is gorgeous but because she never show any expression, I don’t know if I would put her among the super hero or super villains. if she was a super heroine, she would control the weather, like Tornade from the X-MEN. if she was a villain, she would read in your mind and would control your mind like Phenix. Let me know what do you think of these choices Joanna. What super character would you play ?
The angel of Fashion Weeks : this si the nickname I gave to Kate Hudson Davidson, the first time I saw her in a fashion week, in Paris, 7 years ago.
Why Angel ? Because she was so kind to the photographers who were constantly stoping her for a photo shoot and then for enumerating the brands she was wearing on. Only once I saw her refuse. She was very in late. If you encounter her, 3 things will happen. First, you’ll be paralized because of her beauty. And you’ll feel very embarassed when she’ll see you. Then, she will grace you with a generous smile atht will relaw you. Finally when she leaves, you’ll ask yourself if it was real or if you were dreaming, lol. I don’t lie. I’ve been through it !
Marigay McKee, I met her 6 years ago in Paris. I didn’t know who she was. I just noticed how elegant she was. I was doing street style photography for one year only and I was always impressed by how elegant women from fashion could be. Marigay was chief merchant of the luxury mega store and London landmark Harrods until September 2013, when it was annouced that she would move across the Atlantic to become president of Saks Fifth Avenue.
What an accomplishment ! Instead of wasting their time with selfies, young girls should use their time to get the skills that will help them to have a strong and beautiful carreer like Marigay. Just my thought.
I like her very much for her kindness and achievements. Here’s a little biography from the BOF website : “Natalie Massenet is the founder and executive chairman of Net-a-Porter Group, a leading fashion e-tailer, known for its tightly curated edit and integration of commerce and content, which was valued at $530 million when Richemont bought the remaining shares in 2010, after having invested in the business early on. The fashion e-commerce company comprises womenswear site Net-a-Porter, menswear platform Mr Porter and off-price e-tailer The Outnet. Since January 2013, Massenet has been chairman of the British Fashion Council, where she aims to bring her her Internet experience and commercial savvy to bear.”
From the Guardian, you can read this too : Ten years ago the dotcom bubble was bursting: 2000 was a difficult time to start an online business. Her advisers promised failure. Despite their threats, Massenet found initial backers in friends including Anya Hindmarch and Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon, and became profitable in 2004 before emerging as one of the leading success stories of the dotcom boom. “Natalie is so talented,” says Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer of Burberry. “She has an incredible vision, which is proven in the way she has built her business online and been able to stay one step ahead of the competition. She’s built a brand and a great team, and you can feel her amazing energy and personality in everything they do.”
Nina Garcia has been among the first personality from fashion to grace me with kindness when I started to take pictures of her.
Creative Director of Marie Claire US and inimitable Project Runway judge, Nina is also a New York Times bestselling author of four books on style, style ambassador for multiple brands and advisor to several companies.
My guess : you don’t become as successful as Nina Garcia by spending your time with selfies.
Kate Dimmock is the fashion director of StyleWatch magazine. You already met her here many times and more recently with her adorable little 8 years old daughter, Molly. Molly wants to become a fashion designer. Needless to say that with a mother as talented and cool as Kate, she will have the best tools to achieve her dreams.
There is so many women during fashion weeks that inspire me respect. I wish I could know them all and better in order to share with you their great personalities. We wouldn’t take fashion but what life taught them that could inspire the younger generation. We won’t talk about brands but about struggles and successes, about doubts and achievements.
40 is a beautiful age because 40 is the age where you become wise, when you understand that life is about learning and sharing. You are not alone anymore. People rely on you : your children, your husband, your colleagues. Stakes are higher, personaly, professionaly.
So yes, “40 is the new 20” for me.