Stefanie Osborne is used to turning heads. The Adelaide based silver stylist lives and breathes fashion and has a contagious passion for Australian designers and style leaders. We talk to Stefanie about her experience launching a business in her 60’s and how she has found that living a stylish life only gets easier with age.
I couldn’t find the clothes I wanted, so I designed them’, was the inspiration and then campaign slogan that launched Margaret Porritt’s iconic Melbourne fashion brand, Feathers. A giant in the business and fashion worlds, Margaret has seen many a retail storm come and go while Feathers has endured, standing tall with over 15 retail stores and Myer concessions both here and in Sydney. But while Margaret’s adapt and evolve approach to business has kept the Feathers brand #foreveryoung, it’s her unapologetically bold personal style, that has kept this fashion icon at the top of her game and influencer lists, into her 60s and beyond.
Designer Leonie Struthers is the creative force behind limited edition, sustainable fashion brand lj struthers, thoughtfully realised and hand-made in Hobart. The timelessness of each lj struthers piece lying not only in its premium craftsmanship but it’s rebuttal of conventional stereotypes relating to ‘womenswear’ and ‘age-appropriate’ fashion.
We talk to the maker herself about the beauty of hand-made, the limitations of conventional fashion and how older women should embrace the opportunity to shape their lives and build their own idiosyncratic wardrobes, and inspire younger women to do so in the process.
Stylist Claudine Calliebot, is by far one of the edgiest 50-plus women in Geelong. Not one for the white capri pant and floral tunics that normally adorn those living so close to the coast, she is turning heads with her unique take on femme-punk, and has recently collaborated with some of the country’s hottest new designers, including Geelong’s very own Birdskin.
While ex-Principal Barb may have retired from professional life, she certainly hasn’t retired her ideas about living and dressing well after 60. Casey Rafferty quickly caught up with this head-turning, local style advocate to get her take on the opportunities life can present women after 60 candles.
Broad is the premier publication dedicated to the life, style and beauty needs of mature Australian women. We put women aged 50-plus centre stage, to disrupt the stereotype of ageing through quality journalism and a design lens that embraces the beauty of being older.
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