Date Archives February 2013

Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg

Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg in an original coat by Pierre Balmain
While in Stockholm, I had the honor of meeting and presenting Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg with an award, celebrating a lifetime of style, from M-Magasin. After the award ceremony Countess Marianne asked if Joyce and I would like to join her for a coffee at her home in Stockholm. Joyce and I were thrilled to receive this wonderful invitation and we joined Countess Marianne at her home the next day. 
The Countess told me that she has loved fashion ever since she was a child. She explained that style is something that she feels one is born with and that, ” A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”(Keats) Now 88 years-old, she has acquired an incredible collection of couture items from friends like Pierre Balmain. Countess Marianne is in the process of lending some pieces from her collection, spanning over 50 years of couture, to a local museum, to be exhibited later this year. Joyce and will always remember our time in Stockholm and we can’t wait to return to catch Countess Marianne’s upcoming show.

How To Live To 100

I met Lena  and Sybil during my visit to Forest Trace, and was instantly struck by their incredible energy. I was amazed to learn that they are both in their 100s and was curious to know what the  secret to their vitality was. Lena told me that in order to make it to 100 you have to be strong. She said” You have to be in love with life. Some people think that life may be coming to an end, but for me I am having so much fun. This is just the beginning.” Sybil concurred and added, “Yes you have to have fun and never stop having fun.”

Ingmari Lamy

I am finally in Seattle to celebrate a friend’s wedding, after a few weeks of whirlwind travel. It’s hard to explain how incredibly insightful and moving each of my trips has been. I am constantly meeting so many inspiring people, hearing their life stories, and it’s difficult to process everything that is happening at the moment. On Tuesday I am off to London for a few days, and then back to New York for a few weeks, where I hope to write more in depth about these incredible experiences.

I met Ingmari Lamy in Stockholm and asked  her to share a few words
about her experience as model  working in her 60s below.

When I came into modeling at the age of 19 and shortly after that did my first cover for Harpers Bazaar, I
was a young woman loving nature and the world of fashion was art to me.
Using make-up was great during the photo-shoot itself, the playfulness
and the transforming possibilities. I loved it! Even so, I
always took my make up off after work and was ” a natural”. That`s the
way it was for me. Being in the world of fashion today, still modeling
at the age of 65, I have kept these habits of staying natural. For my skin I use organic olive oil, that`s the way I like it. I want to inspire women, young and old, to know their true inner beauty and strength. I want them to know that their beauty is always there every moment. Always
present. And then we can play with make-up and clothes! I love the way your women are colorful and expressing a true personality. Maybe when I get older I will be wearing make-up as well.