Aging gracefully

The aspiration to befriend these words with showbiz is getting increasingly tricky. In real life as uplifts, fillers and nips reign over the beauty industry, there lies a delusional world of magazines where staying true to the haunting numbers is what is considered fashionable.

The editorial in the September issue of W magazine reinvents the beauty of ageing through nine spreads spanned over nine decades, starting from ’20s. The dramatic transformation of actress-model Amber Valletta is daunting to begin with, until you reach the appreciative stage.

amber valetta aged in W magazine

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One For the Ages: W September '11
One For the Ages: W September '11
One For the Ages: W September '11
One For the Ages: W September '11
One For the Ages: W September '11
One For the Ages: W September '11
One For the Ages: W September '11
One For the Ages: W September '11
One For the Ages: W September '11
One For the Ages: W September '11

It starts with a flapper girl and her crimped locks, loosely fitted jumpsuit and a smoking pipe. Moving on to Madonna-esque glamourous diva, an assertive Bond girl and an elegantly poised old lady. However with every progressing decade, the confidence comes paired with a sense of uncertainty and discomfort. Avoiding eye contact, Vallentta doesn’t want her young love to see her flaws, as she attempts to camouflage them with impeccable clothes and flashy jewellery.

Photographed by Steven Klein, these images spell out the true spirit of fashion – having a sense of being, irrespective of self’s appearance. Despite the wrinkles and maturing skin, Vallentta’s wardrobe remains superlative in its kind; fur jackets, velvet pantsuit, tweed skirt (don’t miss its thigh-length split) and leather harness.

The frequent change in the shape of the eyebrow overtakes the hairstyle alterations, but both play a huge part in defining each era. The additional folds and lines on the face were created with prosthetic work and make-up, also giving unsparing attention to the hands.

Well, if ageing comes in such high spirits then why wouldn’t you want to appreciate the lines on your face? 

Click at the thumbnails above to peruse the age-friendly editorial images.

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Shitika Anand is a freelance journalist, based in Sydney, who is addicted to coffee, vintage boutiques, bright-glitzy earrings and British stand-up comedy. Her bank account weeps every time she walks out of a shoe shop, but her shoe rack throws a 'welcome home' party for the new member. Her undying love for words is obvious when she narrates her entire life story to a stranger on the train. Which is partly the reason she's resorted to writing. When not blogging, she can be found in a corner of her nearest bookshop, hiding under a monstrous pile of international fashion magazines. You can read more of her work on her personal site, Sweet Dreams in my world.