Country Life celebrating Ageless Style
Two models representing two quite different generations have been brought together by Country Life to celebrate ageless style.
Country Life, the quintessential English magazine for over a 100 years, is an instantly recognisable brand in the UK today.
Hetty Chidwick, the magazine’s luxury editor, said: ‘We were keen to celebrate ageless style and go for an elegant, refined look with a quirky edge.
‘We wanted to wash our hands of the twin sets and pearls. Just because you’re over 80, which Daphne is, doesn’t mean you cannot be bold.
‘We are branching out with our fashion pages, and we know that are readers are fashion-aware. Daphne is a style icon not just for grandmothers but for younger people who can look up to her.’
In an interview for this issue of Country Life, Daphne said her secret to staying young is ‘always going into everything with a positive mental attitude’.
She added: ‘I love to dress up in wonderful clothes and all that fabulous jewellery!’
Regular yoga practice also means Miss Selfe can still bend over backwards and touch her heels. And Miss Chidwick added that Daphne was on her feet all day for the shoot but ‘did not complain once!’
The older model has previously said she does not approve of fad diets and spoke out against the ‘thigh gap’ trend among new models, where they seek to have thin thighs.
In one of the pictures, Miss Selfe is shown alongside young model Madeleine Kowitz, to show the relationship between generations. Known as Maddie by her friends she is half American and a student in London studying Psychology at UCL and a similar age to Daphne’s grandchildren.
Daphne said “I have read ‘Country Life’ magazine over the years and I was pleased to see the very interesting TV programme on it, not least because I know Jane Treays the director for whom I did a film in 2002 entitled ‘This model Life’ featuring Erin O’Connor, Ruth Crilly and myself.
This shoot I did for the present ‘Country Life’ was enormous fun as I love to dress up in wonderful clothes and all that fabulous jewellery that I wouldn’t normally wear in my day to day life.
The shoot was notable as the stylist Katie Felstead was an assistant on my very first and only shoot for the photographer Nick Knight for Vogue’s article on ageing in 1998 – the first job I did when I was rediscovered at 70 years old. Katie is now a fully fledged stylist in her own right. A grand reunion! Of course things like this happen quite frequently as I have been modelling for so long.
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- Kensington Hotel, London, SW7 – Location
- Hetty Chidwick – Director
- Katie Felstead – Stylist
- Chris Allerton – Photographer
BBC Two – Land of Hope & Glory documentary series about Country Life Magazine