Gray glamour


A portrait from Garance Doré's blog post "The Young and Restless". This anonymous woman gives me heart.

It is not clear whether Garance shot her in Stockholm or Rome. In any case...quelle belle femme!

16 comments

Completely Alienne said...

She looks fantastic - sadly I think you have to start off beautiful to end up looking this good. I can dream though!

Julianne said...

Yes, she is lovely. Somehow I don't think if I let my hair go gray that's how I would look. I often wonder what it is that some women look beautiful with gray and some just look old. Maybe it is the shade, and their skin tone? I don't know, but I'm not quite ready to find out.

materfamilias said...

I agree with Alienne and Julianne -- beautiful, indeed, but clearly a result of very good genes. Although we can learn from this to work what we've got -- she's clearly highlighting her gorgeous face and hair with that swath of cashmere and fur.

WendyB said...

Gorgeous. But! I'm in the good genes category -- also, probably subtle use of fillers. And I agree with Julianne that not everyone goes gray so beautifully, just like everyone's natural color isn't necessarily beautiful on them.

Duchesse said...

What I was hoping was evident here (if you zoom in):
1. The characer of a mature face unaltered by expression-eradicating injections or surgery (my assessment). The crow's feet so many moan over are amply evident and I think look great.

2. The quality of the clothes and effect of tonal dressing.

greying pixie said...

I agree with you Duchesse. Good skin has nothing to do with the absence of wrinkles - quite the opposite. What she exudes is individual femininity. She is what I would love to be in 20 years and confirms my mantra: I don't care how old I look, as long as I look well groomed.

Fritinancy said...

Gorgeous photo--a monochromatic symphony. Thanks for sharing it.

Speaking of going gray, Teresa Dentino at the Wardrobe911 blog has a detailed account of her own experience: http://is.gd/i7hw

Duchesse said...

Fritinancy: My hairdresser says now he can 'pearl' the hair, which is highlighting with a colour which is not gray, but close- so you can grow out from simply short (easier) but not buzzed. I think this woman would look fantastic with coloured hair, too.

La Belette Rouge said...

Under my red hair my colour is even whiter than hers. I know I would look like a haggered sea witch if I let my gray go.

lagatta à montréal said...

I have beautiful skin, with nary a serious wrinkle, mid-fifties. But I am plumper and curvier than her, by which I don't mean obese; I'd look like someone's mum making cookies if I let my thick, curly hair grow grey. Or unkempt.

Her skin colour would suggest more Rome than majority-group Scandinavian, but few of my (feminist, arty) women friends in Rome have gone grey.

Imogen Lamport said...

So gorgeous!

Duchesse said...

lagatta: I think that's a photo from Rome, too. Saw a woman with hair like this at the salon yesterday (where I was getting colour!). She was getting her very precise bob trimmed- you do need a style and grooming if you go gray.

lagatta à montréal said...

Alas, I fear you also need a certain kind of body... to go grey and not look mumsy.

WendyB said...

I zoomed in too, and sorry, but I think she did something with a light touch! The best work looks totally natural and key thing -- still leaves lines, just shallower.

Duchesse said...

Wendy: Guessing I'm close to her age (60) and have fewer lines than she- and nothing done at all. ike you I attribute this to genes. tWomen are taught to be averse to their lines and wrinkles, one more way to profit from insecurity and fear.

Teresa Dentino said...

Apropos to "Fritinancy's" comment on 2.4.09 about my (Teresa Dentino) going gray: Unfortunately she's confused me with someone else. My company, The Financial 411, and last name --- are similar to the person she was referring to: Teresa Morisco of Wardrobe911.com. Bottom line: I didn't go gray, but I love the woman's photo nonetheless.