Tuesday, 7 June 2011

forever young

photo by Erik Madigan Heck, 2011
May God bless and keep you always,
may your wishes all come true,
may you always do for others
and let others do for you.
may you build a ladder to the stars
and climb on every rung.
May you stay forever young...

 Bob Dylan's Forever Young

Carmen's first Vogue photo shoot by Erwin Blumenfeld, 1947
Let's celebrate style icon Carmen Dell'Orefice,
the American of Italian and Hungarian descent
supermodel who turned 80 a few days ago.
Hailed as the 'oldest working model', Carmen
proves that age discrimination in fashion modeling
must be unquestionably dismissed as pure nonsense.

Elizabeth Arden's lipstick ad, 1948
Carmen's career began when she was merely
fifteen whit her first Vogue cover at the end
of 1947 and hasn't stopped yet: the ageless
model continues to strut the catwalks in her
white-haired allure appearing lately for Alberta
Ferretti's show in Florence during Pitti (here).

Richard Avedon's for Harper's Bazaar, Paris Folies Bergère, 1957
She's the epitome of elegance and good taste,
she never tried to look younger nonchalantly
wearing her age like nobody else.
She crossed two centuries posing for legendary
photographers such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn,
Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson as well for
today's lensmen with countless covers 
or advertising ads.

Madame's cover, Oct. 2010, photo by Tim Petersen
Buon compleanno Carmen, 
you're the indisputable
doyenne of style!

photo by Erik Madigan Heck, style by Cora Thomas
for Nomenus Quarterly, 2011


  1. Dearest Elisabetta,

    She truely is an icon of elegance and style and 'ageless' because of her cheerful attitude! A great role model...

    Lots of love,


  2. Love love love Carmen.
    She's the one.