Friday, 8 June 2012

Advanced Style: London book launch

Ari with Daphne Selfe and Fanny Karst.

Even though I'd had an early preview of the Advanced Style book, I was practically hyperventilating when I arrived at the London launch party last night. All my heroes in one room, this felt like a grown-up style summit. And I felt like a giddy child who's overdone it on the Haribos. When I finally managed to calm down, I had a lovely chat with Daphne Selfe, who as you all know is 83-years-old and still modelling. Here she is with Fanny Karst from The Old Ladies' Rebellion, both wearing outfits from the latest collection. So, Daphne is an octogenarian supermodel, just this week she's been on the graduate catwalk circuit and has featured in the Guardian. The Hertfordshire-based model stays fit and healthy doing yoga everyday and has even invented some of her own moves.

The place was jam-packed full of fabulous older women - but, I was borderline hysterical and could barely speak, let alone take photos. So the picture below is from Susie Bubble's site - her photos are excellent, you really should take a look. This wonderful lady makes her own jewellery and apparently, Tatty Devine have signed her up. She's like our very own Iris Apfel, don't you think?

Photo: Susie Bubble

And here's the blogger Very Old Grandmother, who Ari spotted last time he was in London:


Photo: Susie Bubble

I like how ASC's bubblegum pink suit matches Zandra Rhodes' hair. Now, this is a photo I took with the Advanced Style iPhone, so I'm sure it's OK to use it! Thanks, Ari.


The book signing/party/best night of my life was in the Mary Portas shop over at House of Fraser. Of course, Mary was there. Decked out in her own gear (animal print trousers, now £69.30, throw-on shirt, £125). Sorry this one's a bit shaky, the Queen of Shops has that effect on me:

When Ari met Mary. And the uber-stylish Virginia Bates.

One of the best dressed women of the entire evening was the multi-talented Thelma Speirs.

Photo: Fred Butler



The hat designer, DJ and muse proves that sparkle never goes out of style, and white slingbacks can look cool. Here she is on the decks wearing 'all her old clothes' and a gorgeous necklace made by a friend.

And, if I wasn't emotional enough already, Ari's lovely comment in my book made me well up with pride:

15 comments:

déjà pseu said...

How fabulous!! I'm envious beyond words that you were able to attend this soirée!

Terri said...

I am green with envy that you attend this event and rub elbows with so many wonderful women. I can completely understand your excitement.

mette said...

The evening must have been unforgettable!
I´m happy that you were there!

Fashion for Aliens said...

Lovely, the ladies all look fabulous. But what did you wear? And I have to ask did anyone dare take MP to task for her "old biddies" comment

the gardener's cottage said...

what a wonderful evening for you.
it sounds like you had a fabulous time!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

What an amazing event you were able to attend...I cannot wait to see the book. Ari's work is so inspiring to me...he does a fabulous job...loved seeing these pictures.

michellebeth said...
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michellebeth said...

Sorry, made a typo before. So, bravo to you for writing it up with such pith and charm.

SACRAMENTO said...

Didn´t you take a photo of yourself with Ari???, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
I have seen Su. Bubbles post too.
How brilliant to have been there.
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littlebrownbird said...

What a fab inscription and so true! I'm only sorry I'm not free to attend the event today.....

Veshoevius said...

Oh wow! That's a wonderful inscription! What a fabulous evening - think I would have been as hysterical with excitement too.

frumpfactor said...

So much fun, and so inspiring! I am so happy for you and glad you had a great time (despite the hyperventilating.)

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

looks like a fabulous event with very chic ladies!! what fun !!

Penny Dreadful Vintage said...

Aw, I'm glad you had such a great time. What a fab group of amazing babes eh.

Penny Dreadful Vintage

The Style Crone said...

How exciting! Great photos and loved your review of the London Launch Party. A gathering of truly beautiful and vibrant older women plus Ari is a party not to be missed. I also enjoyed every link that you included in your post, which I just bookmarked for future pleasure.