|Mary Portas. Photo: Telegraph.com|
I thought it was interesting that at the same time as Mary has began a crusade for women looking beautiful at any age, my mother has been approached to model clothes for a fashion boutique in Stockholm. In spite of being in her seventies, she was told she is the perfect shape to take part in their fashion shows.
In a way this came as no surprise to me; she follows the trends - in a grown-up way. Also, in addition to dressing fashionably, she's always looked much younger than her age. When we're out together, I am often (in fact almost every time) mistaken for her sister. People are genuinely astonished to find that there is an age gap of over twenty years between us. When I was a teenager this was intensely annoying, now I am rather flattered and hopeful those same genes will serve me well too. (I am an optimist by nature).
So here's to older women looking beautiful. I will check out Mary Portas collection at House of Fraser on Oxford Street as soon as I can. In the meantime, here are a few pictures of The Mannequin, a nickname my step-father has coined for my mother.
|My mother in Östermalmshallen in Stockholm|
|On her 70th Birthday|
|With me, in the kitchen, preparing for some party or other....|