Saturday, 29 December 2012

Grown-up style 2012

Stella McCartney with Victoria Pendleton, Ellie Simmonds and Jessica Ennis.

Let's talk about the year's best grown-up fashion moments. The highlights. The That's Not My Age New Year Honours List. It's impossible to talk about 2012 without mentioning the London Olympics. The Games exceeded my wildest expectations. I cheered, I sobbed, I didn't want it to end. From Nicola Adams to Rachel Yankey, the Olympic and Paralympic athletes were amazing. But let's not forget the woman who created their sports kit: Stella McCartney, 42. Already awarded Designer of the Year 2012 and an OBE, I think she deserves another gong for bringing back the glam-rock inspired, gold Lurex jumpsuit. Three cheers for Stella.

Photo: The Times
Olympic rower Katharine Grainer and Clare Balding.

And what about TV presenter Clare Balding? Whose natural, easy-going style, genuine love of sport and superb knowledge, made Olympic-viewing a joy this summer. The 41-year-old recently told Grazia, 'I'm not super-glam and people can relate to that. I dressed casually because I wanted to say, "This is me. I'm not restyling myself because what I look like isn't the point."' Hoorah.  Here she is (above, on the right) looking super-glam at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Photo: Time.

Of course there was something to celebrate on the other side of the Atlantic too. The whole world breathed a collective sigh of relief, early morning 7 November at the news of another Obama victory and four more years of the most fabulous First Lady. Who can forget Michelle Obama's brilliant speech at the Democratic National Convention - and her strong sense of style? She celebrated the election night victory in a worn-twice-before Michael Kors dress. The fashion world calls this recycling or repeating. I call it wearing old clothes.

Another big Michelle Obama, 48, moment came when she flew into London for the Olympic Games and eclipsed a gaffe-prone Mitt Romney. Remember him? How we admired her tact and diplomacy, and her love of a neatly tailored jacket:

Photo: Getty

Kate Moss made an unexpected appearance at the Olympics too. The Closing Ceremony definitely wasn't a patch on Danny Boyle's spectacular Opening Ceremony but hey there were supermodels and the ghostly voice of David Bowie. Here's Moss, 38, going for gold again, in vintage Marc Jacobs, at her London book launch.

Photo: Getty.

The Queen's James Bond cameo has already won a TNMA award, so let's give it up for Dame Judi Dench. The legendary actress looked absolutely stunning at the Skyfall premiere. And just in case there are people out there that still haven't seen the movie, let's just say it's not a happy ending for M.

Dial M for Marvellous. Photo: Zimbio.

Last but certainly not least, the wonderful Mary Berry whose culinary skills and striking floral jackets illuminated the Great British Bake Off. The 77-year-old's love of a Victoria sponge is quite impressive too, 'I know that you should only have a small slice but I'm never going to stop eating cakes. I love it.'

GBBO's Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

Who would you add to the list?

Happy New Year!


Kathy said...

Great group of women. Have a very Happy New Year and our trip's been delayed until March/April. Just love Stella!

Déjà Pseu said...

Fabulous roundup here, and I'll just say I was breathing the same sigh of relief in November! Happy New Year to you!

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear!! Thats a great list of very lovely ladies and I really adore Kates gold dress-it's perfection!! Hope you had a fab Xmas and wishing you a lovely weekend! xxx

mette said...

It is great to see women of all ages dressed well.
Imo, the term " age appropriate " is loose, but not so loose that you can wear your grandchildren´s fashion labels, colors and cuts.
I´d say: Wear your age with dignity, choose fabrics and clothes of better quality. Use your imaginary/ or the help of someone who has it.

Sandy said...

Lovely to see grown woman looking so radiant. Particularly loved the glowing face of Dame Judi. Beautiful.

The Style Crone said...

I admire your diverse and inspirational choices!

Val Sparkle said...

I think the only one I would add is the other Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. But otherwise, that's quite a good list! And speaking of Skyfall, I loved the casting of Q and Moneypenny - can't wait for the next movie!

NadineisthatU said...

Lovely post, and I concur on all points.

Krista Tannahill said...

Kate Moss looks absolutely radiant. And of course, the first lady is the epitome of style.

Fashion art and other fancies said...

Such stylish ladies. Kate Moss looks divine. Happy new year.

Angele Style said...

Anyone who is "rich and famous" and does not dress well either on their own or with a stylist is a mystery to me. I am speaking of Stella as one. Michelle "wearing" her clothes wins the "most awesome" award IMO and her husband being re-elected is the best ever... and Kate Moss in the gold looks stunning.

Gail said...

I would add The Queen because she has a very distinctive look and is not afraid of colour. I wouldn't add the Duchess of Cambridge --- she and her sister Pippa dress as if they're in their 40s. I'd like to see them have more fun with fashion.