Sophie Fontanel is a 55 year old instagram star, she is now a Cover Girl on the latest edition of French Grazia. Below and the links are Sophie’s pearls of wisdom about Fashion, letting her hair turn grey. She is a bit of an inspiration. ….
“You won’t spot Sophie Fontanel in the typical undone uniform so often considered synonymous with her countrywomen. Instead, the 54-year old Fontanel, a fashion journalist and the author of The Art of Sleeping Alone, (her memoir about the 12 years of celibacy she began at age 27), has a more individualized take on dressing. Her wardrobe includes an eccentric mélange of proportion play, oversize menswear pieces, and the occasional hit of Céline, and two years ago, when Fontanel started posting her outre looks to Instagram @sophiefontanel,this is precisely what made her a star.
Thanks to her mirror selfie montages, Fontanel has become a bit of a digital celebrity in France, gaining more than 62 thousand followers, who dot the comment section with praises in French and strings of heart emoji. Her choice of stance for her mirror selfies is typically a variation of the tree yoga pose, usually in a baggy shirt copped from a flea market or something contemporary and designer, like a Sonia Rykiel gold sequin cape, with captions—charmingly stilted but packed with poetic, possibly unintentional fashion-forward-meets-life wisdom, which taps into the relationships between age, sex, style, and Paris—provided in both French and English. (For example, an image of Fontanel in a bathing suit is captioned “it means: Before becoming a reality, age is mirage. Do not dive too quickly into reality. You have time,”). Here, the writer shares nine rules to dressing well, shopping vintage, and what it means to be
“feminine” after age forty.”
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