Monday, August 25, 2014

Where Does a Woman Over 60 Find Style Inspiration? Right Here!

Other than a handful of stylish movie stars over the age of 60, style inspirations for those of us “Ladies of a Certain Age” are few and far between.  Where do “real” women over 60, who do not live in the rarefied world of Hollywood, go to be inspired? 

Well, a very savvy lady with an impeccable fashion pedigree has answered that question, and the result is a downloadable eBook entitled “Fashion, Style and Elegance in Women over 60.” 

I had the pleasure of interviewing the author, Patrizia Molechino, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that this charming lady and I are kindred spirits. 


M-T:  Before we talk about your fabulous new eBook, “Fashion, Style and Elegance in Women over 60,” my readers would love to know a little bit about the woman behind the book. 

You have a long history in the fashion industry.  Your diploma from the prestigious St. Martin’s College is in fashion buying and merchandising.  You have worked in PR for KRIZIA and as a PA for Mr. Valentino and his partner, Giancarlo Giammetti.  What drew you to the fashion industry?  Were you always interested in fashion?  Who were your earliest fashion icons? 

Patrizia - A Very Stylish Little Girl
Patrizia:  Just like most women, I have been interested in clothes and dressing since I was a child (though at that time it was more a case of fancy dressing).  After my studies at the St. Martin's School of Art, as it was called then, I moved to Italy where working in the fashion business seemed the sensible decision.  As for my "icons," not the earliest necessarily, I am very fond of designers who manage to create elegance with a minimum of frills, so I place high value on the cut, the style, the lines and leave the frills for the accessories, such as jewels, hats, handbags and shoes.
Real "icons"...I would say Schiaparelli, and, in keeping with my early days, Mary Quant, Pierre Cardin and Paco Rabanne.

M-T:  Since you are multilingual (Italian, English, French), you could live in any of the fashion capitals of the world.  You have chosen to make your home in the beautiful city of Nice in the Côte d’Azur of France.  What do you love most about la vie nicoise?  What do you love to do with your free time? 

Patrizia on the Beaches of Nice
Patrizia:  I chose to move to Nice because of the climate, as many others have done in the past few centuries.  What do I like about la vie nicoise?  Nice is an extremely cosmopolitan city offering the same amenities as those of larger towns.  I enjoy being able to be close to all that matters to me without having to travel great distances.  So in my free time I can enjoy the culture, the sea, the countryside and the mountains.  Where else could I go (in Europe that is) if I want to go skiing in the morning and swimming in the sea in the afternoon?

M-T:  Working with a couture giant such as Mr. Valentino must have been incredibly exciting.   Who are some of your favorite designers working today?   Do you have a go-to designer when you shop for yourself?  Favorite places to shop? 

Patrizia:  Working with Mr. Valentino was extremely exciting, I can assure you. My favorite, present-day designers are Yohji Yamamoto, for the utmost originality and simplicity of cut, and Martin Margiela (You see, I'm being consistent with my earlier statement.).  For accessories, I love Prada and Borbonese (the latter being a Turin-based company I have always favored), and I am not saying that merely because Mr. Borbonese was a dear friend and because Turin is my home town.

Yesterday, I was in Monte Carlo advising a friend on the purchase of a handbag, and we looked at what was new chez EVERYONE.  In the end, she chose the classic, rectangular Chanel bag revisited in tweed.  ​
M-T:  My woman’s intuition tells me that your new eBook, “Fashion, Style and Elegance in Women over 60” is destined to become the style and beauty bible for the baby boom generation.   Style icons in the public eye over the age of 60 are really thin on the ground these days; soooo, I LOVE the idea of looking to “real” women (i.e., friends, family, neighbors, etc.) for inspiration.  Your book does exactly that.  What inspired you to showcase “real” women with a great sense of style?   Do you hope that it will also inspire our daughters and granddaughters? 

Patrizia:  I truly hope your woman's intuition proves itself to be right!  If we want real women to find inspiration, it must be from other real women.  As for our daughters and granddaughters, only time will tell, for they are allowed to diversify and experiment to their hearts' content in their youth.
M-T:  Your book, which I am delighted to say is just the first in a series, is currently available for download on Mac and iPad and, I believe, there are plans to make it available on Kindle in the future.  Why did you decide to go digital? 

Patrizia:  It was inevitable we should go digital​ ​to reach the intended readers.  This is a book with text, but also a great deal of images with "How to Get the Look"​ connections accessible at a click.  It couldn't have been done otherwise.​



M-T:  Thank you so very much, Patrizia, for taking the time to chat with us about your wonderful eBook.  Do you have any final thoughts you'd like to share with my Readers? 
Patrizia:  We can all be elegant and stylish.  It just takes a little bit of work and, sometimes, a little bit of advice (you know that better than I do).  You can see exactly what I mean in my book.​
(To download “Fashion, Style and Elegance in Women over 60” click here.)
(To visit Patrizia's style and fashion Blog click here.)  

(To see her recent interview with me click here.)

As I mentioned earlier, Patrizia’s eBook is an ongoing project, and to that end, I urge all you stylish ladies over 60 (and you know who you are!) to contact Patrizia by clicking here to submit a fabulous photo of stylish YOU.  Who knows?  You may be featured in the next edition of “Fashion, Style and Elegance in Women Over 60.”



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  2. Great interview. Thanks for sharing the word and getting Patrizia's book more out there, I am sure she will be pleased. I am really looking forward to meeting her in mid October when we are in the South of France. We have arranged to have lunch together in Nice.

    1. I can't wait to read about your déjeuner w/Patrizia in Nice. I only wish I could be there w/you lovely ladies. I think you'll really love her. Take plenty of pictures!!!

      Cheers, M-T

  3. A Must-Read for many fashion designers - it couldn't cost the world to add a few centimeters to many nice skirts or dresses.

    1. Oh, if only we could convince them that we are fabulous and fashion conscious after the age of 40, much less 60!! Lovely to hear from you, Brigitta.

      Cheers, M-T

  4. I was sure I left a comment earlier!! Such a wonderful interview. Her book sounds like a must read! Her interview of you was fabulous also!! You're an amazingly talented lady M-T!! I love the new look of your blog too.
    Chat soon my friend.

    1. I confess I am more comfortable being the interviewer than being the interviewee, but, that said, Patrizia is a bright, charming and truly fascinating lady. The questions and answers were in English, naturally, but the sidebar comments between us in French were so much fun. She was a sheer joy to interview, and her eBook is such a terrific source for us ladies.

      I'll get back to you on your recent e-mail. We have lots to chat about.

      xoxo, M-T

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