The Beauty of Aging
There are so many shows during NYFW that it may seem impossible to pick a favorite, but friends, I have one and even after seeing all the other shows from fashion month, this collection by Tommy Ton for Deveaux was couldn’t be defeat! Ton’s designs spoke to me on every level and I couldn’t help but audibly “ooo and ah” (more like, “omg! staaph! I’m in heaven!”) with every piece I laid eyes on. I am an absolute sucker for trousers, shirts, sweaters and “omg! staaph! I’m in heaven!” coats!!!! Tommy Ton described the aesthetic of his collection as “beautiful everyday pieces with gestural loose fit”. Tommy, I am here for all of that! If it were Fall year round, this entire collection would be my wardrobe and I would wear it every day for the rest of my life!
But what really stuck out to me wasn’t the color palette (heart eyes for all the burnt orange, burgundy and emerald green), the loafers or the minimalist silhouettes and the giant pockets on the coats. Tommy Ton’s models were multigenerational and multiracial and I was low key emotional. As a person of color, it no surprise that I would applaud the multiracial aspect of the show. But let me tell you why it’s important for me to see age being celebrated. It’s because I’m a human being, a woman no less, who ages. Society is harsh on older women and thankfully more women have spoken up about this, saying, essentially, not to treat us like we’re invisible or useless because we’re over thirty! I recently shared my thoughts on getting older and how I’m choosing to embrace it by love every age that I’m in. You can read more about it here.
I would show my husband some of my favorite looks, exclaiming, isn’t this woman beautiful (a white haired, wrinkled faced woman). He paused to look and study this woman I was claiming to be beautiful. He explained that he grew up never seeing this kind of woman as beautiful. He didn’t disagree with me per se, but it was definitely a different view of beauty he was not accustom to. It is because of this that I truly appreciate the efforts people take to shine a light on diversity because the more we put content out there that normalizes the array of people that exist in this world, it will enable us to see truly how beautiful we, individually and as a people, are. Ton so beautifully creates that world by having the models walk around in a space instead of walking back and forth on a runway. In this space, the models would interact with one another, embracing, holding hands, and acknowledging one another with exchanged glances. This choreographed street scene was accompanied by Henri Scars Struck on the piano. Ton created a world I want to live in; world where I can wear these clothes everyday. . . as well as embracing others’ differences as well as sharing similarities (the clothes were designed to be worn by either men or women, which again I’m all about that). Tommy Ton very mastered his message of one-for-all and he has left me feeling anxious to be fifty! Seriously, I just know I’m going to be confident and gorgeous at that age! You can see the entire collection here.