Though a very infrequent Oprah watcher (occasional distraction on a treadmill), I caught her recent "Look Great at Every Age Makeovers" show, co-hosted with Rita Wilson.
The women did look better in their "after", all sleek trends and updated hair. But isn't it shooting fish in a barrel to start from the prison matron "before" depths of Stacy, 35?
All you have to do is find a subject who's hoarded her nunnish suits for fifteen years, and help her to reveal her svelte figure in a pencil skirt with stilettos, add ample bling, then finish with tumbling waves (three hair products).
They took Cindy from schoolmarm to siren after a 100 lb. weight loss. "I'm 42 but dress like I'm 62" she said.
I was shocked to hear the impression my age group made; no one I know in their 60s dresses like the "before" Cindy. FLDS wives maybe, but not women in my circle.
That morose mauve tent is not hard to trump with a leopard-print Michael by Michael Kors skirt, is it now?
In one segment, Wilson presented four women of different age ranges–30s through 60s– styled to "look fantastic for their age".
All wore black, tight bottoms– leggings or black narrow jeans–with various tops and accessories.
The 40 year old in leggings with a barely crotch-covering top looked inelegant. Maybe the leggings are de rigeur for Hollywood, but to my taste they're crude. You sit in that top: instant skank.
The 50 and 60 year olds were transitioned into tight jeans, which "still look young". Just don't think about sitting down for long.
The eldest makeover was the vibrant 67 year old Laurali, who puts in long days at her catering company, hence her sweats and practical braid.
In describing the makeover, Wilson said that she "dressed her for work" in skinny Levis jeans, white shirt and fitted Max Mara jacket.
"We gave her a white shirt that she can roll up at the sleeves", Wilson said proudly. The only white Laurali ought to wear in a professional kitchen is a chef's coat, institutional garb built to withstand the grind.
This makeover shows Wilson's showbiz sensibility: only in a movie could Laurali escape splashes or spills by rolling her white sleeves, or spend 14 hour days in ballet flats without arch support.
Wilson's own style is similar to Charla Krupp's: long flowing hair, suspiciously broomlike lashes, short skirt showing off toned legs, studded leather jacket. She's an unfurrowed fifty three; maybe being married to Tom Hanks keeps you looking young.
"I know my style, I've been helped by experts", she said. She provided three adjectives that summarized her style (I recall only "natural" and "sexy"), an approach I've described in a previous post. None of her three adjectives matched mine, which may explain why I didn't connect to her look.
What makes an hour of TV diverting fluff is not what makes sense in the real world. However, each woman was touched by her transformation and deeply grateful for the attention.
Releasing each woman's beauty and confidence is a worthwhile endeavour; I'd like to see the looks realistically reflect the continual attention required to keep ones' self "madeover" in the real world.