In the words of Coco Chanel:
“La mode se démode, le style jamais.”
Or, as translated by another fashion icon, Yves Saint Laurent:
“Fashions fade; style is eternal…”
And, if anyone defines and personifies the meaning those famous quotes, it is a woman I, myself, have long held as a personal style icon: Catherine Deneuve.
Catherine Deveuve in the early days: Belle de Jour
Deneuve’s style is truly eternal… it has spanned decades and defied the idea that only young woman have allure. She has aged gracefully and gorgeously, proving beyond doubt that women of any age can be beautiful, sexy and stylish… simply by being confident and embracing who they are. What a beautiful message in itself, non?
A big reason why Deneuve has remained a style icon is because she not only embraces the changes that come with age, but she also understands that fashion is not something to which women should ever be a slave, but it is a flexible tool at their disposal to make them look and feel fabulous… if they use it correctly. What complements a young woman may accentuate the negatives for a mature woman. And, what looks amazing on a mature woman sometimes looks just silly on a teenager. Here is a perfect example:
In her youth, Deneuve favored draping pendants to highlight her decollete
Today, Deneuve wears collar-style necklaces that bring the eye up to (and give light to) her beautiful face
While Deneuve’s is a classic beauty who needs little “help” from fashion to make herself looks stunning, here are some of the ways she uses jewelry to her advantage… along with some pieces that would do the same for any mature woman (just click on the photos of the jewelry for detailed info). And, please do let me know what you think!!!
Deneuve is sophisticated cushion-shaped gem earrings
My smoky quartz and diamond earrings in 18k gold. $910.
Sparkly earrings that sit on her love highlight her flawless features
My diamond, aqua and marlambo earrings in 14k gold. $518
Lest anyone think "mature" is "boring", see how she wears these fun hoops (Love!), appropriately, without a lot of other "flash".
My Sterling and CZ hoop earrings. $98
"Button" shaped earring are trendy today and, when worn with an updo like this, SO complementary and ageless
My green tourmaline, sapphire and diamond floral button earrings in 18k gold. $1,316