Thursday, October 10, 2013

Creatives of a Certain Age

Iris Apfel, ageing, fashion, hill tribe textiles
The passage of time takes a toll on our body and brain, but can pursuing creativity actually help one live longer?  Neuroscientists believe doing something you love and being happily creative will actually push back the clock.
Iris Apfel at 92 is a great example of being a unique fashionista at any age. I love her rambunctious use of jewelry and the Hill-Tribe textiles on her jacket.

Iris Apfel, New York, style, fashion
Iris Apfel’s New York apartment is a great showcase for her stylish life. She said “When you don’t dress like everyone else you don’t think like everyone else.” How true!

Warren Buffet, multi-billion dollar deal, wealth
Warren Buffett is doing creative multi-billion dollar deals at 83.

Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, paint, Vallauris studio
Pablo Picasso still had paint on his hands when he died at 91! Even at an advanced age people were drawn to his creative flame. Twenty-one-year-old Brigitte Bardot visited him in his Vallauris studio in 1956.

Frank Lloyd Wright, New York, Guggenheim Museum, architect
Frank Lloyd Wright began designing New York’s Guggenheim Museum when he was 76.

Mark Di Suvero, sculpture, Palace of the Legion of Honor
Mark Di Suvero, sculpture, San Francisco
I love the Mark Di Suvero sculpture at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. He is still constructing iconic massive steel sculptures at 80!

Ilona Smithken, fashion, Kay Melnick, Marla Gentry
Artist Ilona Smithken is beautifully creative at 93! She reminds me of Marla’s fashionable aunt, Kay “Tootsie” Melnick.

photography, Ari Seth Cohen, New York, fashion, creativity
New York photographer, Ari Seth Cohen, photographed stylish women of a “certain age” on the street. His book, "Advanced Style" features women with an especially unique sense of personal style.

It is a fact that “the active, busy brain is also the brain that stays lucid longer, resists dementia and other cognitive problems better.” A career, paying off the mortgage, long commutes or raising kids can often sap our creative energy. “When you’re older, you’re off that treadmill, so you can free up some horsepower in the service of creativity."

I am blessed to be in a career where I can be creative.  Although I follow the world of fashion, my purple cashmere Versace and red raw silk Ferre’ sport jacket will stay in retirement.

***FABULOUS YOUTUBE VIDEO of amazingly fashionable “Advanced Style” ladies:

Sources: Time Magazine, New York Times, Dick Gentry

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