Last week I was doing some work with MA fashion journalism students at the London College of Fashion and was thrilled to see that one of them, Ana Rosado, is working on a final project that’s a fashion magazine for older women. After yesterday’s post on why brands should be listening to us about older women, it’s really uplifting to see the next generation of journalists and stylists has already spotted the gap in the market. We all know we’re short of images of older women looking stylish in magazines.
I was really impressed with Ana’s first attempts, so I persuaded her to let me use this first photo shoot she did to illustrate her proposal ideas. The model is Jenni Rhodes and the clothes all come from Zara (see below for full photo credits).
Ana loved working with Jenni and told me “Jenni was amazingly cooperative and easy to shoot. With so much experience, she immediately delivered what we needed. She also made the photo shoot interesting and pleasurable by sharing life stories while we were styling her and I think it shows. Jenni also designs necklaces and other accessories” (more on Jenni here).
The clothes are all from Zara, styled with a modern day Frida Kahlo in mind as Ana wanted something ‘colourful and elegant’. I think she did really well for a proposal shoot, don’t you? I’m not sure about the paper flowers on Jenni’s face myself but I get that Ana’s experimenting with ideas at this stage.
And how fabulous that a younger generation is inspired to do something beautiful and creative with the grown up woman in mind….are you listening, all those youth obsessed magazines out there?