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Model Jan de Villeneuve on how she stays stylish aged 72

Jan de Villeneuve in her Kent home, wearing a Biba at House of Fraser coat, a Jean Muir dress, Dries van Noten shoes and a vintage Cartier necklace.
Jan de Villeneuve in her Kent home, wearing a Biba at House of Fraser coat, a Jean Muir dress, Dries van Noten shoes and a vintage Cartier necklace. Credit: Jasper Clarke for The Telegraph, Hair by Lou Box @ S Management using Redken,  Makeup by Lou Box @ S Management using MAC Cosmetics​

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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