The ninety-three-year-old supermodel (the one on the left. . .)
The ninety-three-year-old supermodel Iris Apfel (the one on the left. . .) shown in current ads for Kate Spade.

When I opened this morning’s Globe and Mail (Saturday, July 4, 2015) and started browsing the various sections, my heart lifted when I saw the full-page picture of the intelligent and frankly-spoken Iris Apfel on the cover of Globe Style. I’ve long been an admirer of the ninety-three-year-old’s fashion sensibilities and overall opinions. (Click here for previous blog postings: Iris Rocks.)

This week’s articles tickled my fancy like no other in a while. For those of you who care about how you look and have even a passing interest in fashion, you’ll enjoy reading this section today. It focuses on fashion in relation to aging, and I could hardly find a word I didn’t agree with—which as you know if you read my blogs is most unusual. You’ll love Apfel’s comments, such as, “If they don’t like my style, it’s their problem, not mine”. The HotDoc film about her that recently played in Toronto was thoroughly enjoyable. I left the theatre with a big smile on my face and feeling very inspired.

The Globe Style centrefold has a piece titled #OWN YOURAGE which clearly and accurately depicts our evolving views on fashion expressed by real women aged 29, 37, 47, 55 and 70. Even Jeanne Beker’s column on page 10 about underwear for millennials was relatable for an old Boomer like myself. Two young feminist women have launched their own business Me and You because “Our friends don’t shop at lingerie stores . . . most lingerie stores don’t cater to women. A lot of women pick their lingerie based on what they think men will think, which is not our approach.” Gotta love that, eh!

If you’re not a subscriber, pick up today’s Globe and Mail while you can still get a copy in the store.

P.S. This is not a paid endorsement. My opinions are my own and not for sale.


Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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