2011 April 14

Liz Hurley and Glenda Bailey: Fabulous, Ageless

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Harper's Bazaar and Estee Lauder took over the Hearst Tower atrium to announce and toast to the latest slew of Fabulous At Every Age winners. Elizabeth Hurley and Glenda Bailey made for a darling, poshly accented duo of hostesses for the affair. Chic chatted with an Erdem-clad Bailey, accessorized with a duo of envy-inducing braided Givenchy cuffs, and Estee spokeswoman Hurley - donning a slinky black Cushnie et Ochs number for the occasion - about what it really means to stay fab as the years roll by.

So Glenda, what was your most fabulous age?
GB: It's like a scene from The Way We Were, when Robert Redford is asked by a pal about when his best decade was. And he named a point during each phase of his life!

How does a woman stay fabulous at 90?
We have a special guest here tonight who's receiving a "Fabulous At Every Age" honorable mention. At 102, Margaret Bonner is totally fabulous.

Who is the most fabulous senior citizen?
Betty White.
And my pick for someone who looks unbelievable for her age has got to be Joan Collins. It's because she has an unbelievable sense of humor and she's so beautiful. I saw her in a play and she did splits! Then she gets back up and carries on talking, laughing and making you laugh. I really admire her spirit.

Which fabulous young designers are you into right now?
I prefer to talk about designers who are established but can and will go onto the next level of greatness. Like Erdem, who is a prime example of someone who already has a successful business, is still in his twenties, yet has a maturity in the way he designs and produces his clothes.

What are your summer plans?
I haven't yet gotten around to that! It's rather odd because I've skipped the summer months and I'm already thinking about December because of how far ahead we plan. I'm already back into the holidays, and am thinking about big wooly coats.

And Liz, how are your 40s treating you?
EH: I'm having a great time right now. By the time you get to my age, you really work out who you want to be with, who you want to hang out with, and who you want in your life. You cut out a lot of dead wood in your 30s; you get rid of the people you've acquired that you don't want in your life. So it's more about relationships than anything else.

Do you have any role models for aging fabulously?
I remember seeing my grandmother sitting around the table with six or seven of her sisters, and they were all in their 60s or 70s and they were just laughing and laughing. They were probably being mean about their husbands or something. I remember thinking, wow, what a way to be!

Why do you think they were so at ease?
You care a bit less about what people think as you get older. You're very insecure when you're young. You just get over that. Also, once you have a child you care so much less about other things; everything else seems rather silly.

Are there any ages you're happy to be over with?
No, I enjoyed bits and bobs of every phase. Although I would like my skin back! But my hair has actually gotten better with age. I don't know why. I've always had rather limp hair, and as I've gotten older it's become thicker and nicer. It's a miracle, but it's true!

Is there a particular age where you had especially good style?
Well, back in 1995, it was a really pretty time in fashion. I was friends with Gianni Versace, and he made me a lot of clothes. Mostly couture suits that were a little Jackie Kennedy-esque, in peppermint greens and pinks. I have to say, the fashion now is beautiful again! Everything is once again so pretty; the bags, the shoes, they're all like little jewels. We've gone through some grungy stages of fashion, but I've never taken too much notice. I like women looking kind of glamorous! There's always been somebody who's kept the glamour going.

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