The 2016 season has reevaluated, revolutionized and revamped the status of "Bright Old Things", by focusing on and catering to the Baby Boomer market with high disposable incomes and minds of their own. The past decade was ruled by Millennials with hashtags, fast fashion, and impatience, but this season age is irrelevant. It is finally time to pay homage to the powerful and elegantly mature older generation! The word youth is but a euphemism for relevant and adaptable, the excitement behind experiencing something new and is simply a state of mind.
Given the average model age of 17, Designer Alexis Mabille admiringly played with age, creating a Top Model reunion with legends such as Carmen Kass, (age 37) Estelle Lefébure, (age 49) and Debra Shaw (age 39). Mabille described his decision as a "tribute to timeless beauty" and delivered a refreshing and relatable catwalk, redefining the obsession with youthfulness.
Other designers such as Céline and Kate Spade have also caught wind of the "silver revolution", incorporating legends such as Iris Apfel and Joan Didion into their editorial and advertising campaigns. Speaking of Iris Apfel, I was lucky enough to style the lovely and quirky Iris when I was Fashion Director at Avenue magazine. Her wisdom and personality were infectious... Iris is leading the #silverrevolution by storm.