Who says you can’t wear a full-length leopard print coat or high street in your seventies? Model Jan de Villeneuve reveals the secrets to timeless style...
"It shouldn’t be about clothes for an older woman, we just need nice clothes,” says Jan de Villeneuve. The 72-year-old model has inadvertently become the poster girl for the anti-ageism movement in fashion, thanks to her appearances on the catwalk at London Fashion Week last month. Advocates of ageless style couldn’t have found a better ambassador.
As de Villeneuve busies herself making tea, warming scones and pouring glasses of water drawn from a spring close to her converted barn in Kent, she pulls out a gloriously maximalist array of finds from her 50 years in the fashion industry. Whether it’s the exquisite Forties black dress with crystal embellishments she inherited from a stylish aunt or the £6 rose-gold brogues she spied in a...
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