Kerry Washington and Diahann Carroll can be seen and quoted in the O Magazine’s May issue’s Timeless Beauty feature, and these screen divas make it perfectly clear…when it comes to impeccable style, there’s no generation gap.
Diahann Carroll…“Kerry reminds me a lot of myself at her age. She has a trained eye for detail and what suits her figure. And she has an innate self-confidence, a coolness about how lovely she is.”
“My fashion life exists mainly through work, so I dress to be event appropriate. I see clothes as a performance.”
On her grin-and-bear-it approach to stilettos “I will suffer while I’m being photographed, then change into another pair of shoes.”
On her devotion to shapewear: “You have to remember that a body is going into that pretty dress.”
“I always want a long line and a neat, clean look – the simpler, the better.”
Kerry Washington…On working a modern mix of designers and affordable labels: “I inhabit a lot of different worlds and I’m always trying to fin balance.” “Fashion is an art. Clothes are a costume we use to express who we are.”
LADIES IN RED: Warm shades of red, pink, and orange are everywhere this season, and they look radiant on everyone. Carroll is vibrant in a dress (L.K. Bennett, $275) that takes advantage of stretch jersey’s flattering, easy-wearing flair. “The legs are the last to go!” she says. “I bring attention to mine with skirts and midheel pumps.” Washington is sitting pretty in a flouncy, rosette-trimmed silk dress (CH Carolina Herrera, $985) that would be perfect for a summer party. On Carroll: Necklace, Coralia Leets Design. Ring, Diane von Furstenberg by H.Stern. Bracelet, Marco Bicego. Sandals, Guess by Marciano. On Washington: Pumps, Edmundo Castillo. Dewey Nicks/O Magazine Photographer.
THE LONG VIEW: From poolside to restaurant, few things are as stylish in the summer as a maxi dress; the look remains popular for its comfortable but striking silhouette. This tie-neck silk version (Marc Jacobs) includes its own corsage. Washington gets a lift from a pair of patent leather wedge sandals (KelsiDagger). Cuffs, Marcia Moran. Earrings, Kacey K. Dewey Nicks/O Magazine Photographer.
Wisdom of the Ages
LOVE THE AGE YOU ARE…here are some words of wisdom from some incredible women in the spotlight from Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka at age 11 to 50-year-old Grammy winner Aimee Mann.
“Enjoy the love of others, but revel in the love of yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to save you.” —Aisha Tyler, 40, comedian and actress, FX’s “Archer”
“I once heard someone say, ‘If it’s not happening now, it’s not happening.’ That stuck with me—I realized there’s no reason to pre–freak out about problems. It’s made such a difference in my life.” —Aimee Mann, 50, Grammy Award–winning singer and musician
“Always do what’s right, even if other people aren’t. Don’t do something just because it will please people, and don’t do something just because it’ll upset people. My mother told me that.” —Kiernan Shipka, 11, actress, AMC’s Mad Men
“When you’re hurt or angry, let go by tapping into your humbleness. You want people to remember you for your grace.” —Stevie Nicks, 62, singer and songwriter, “In Your Dreams”
“It’s important to listen. Most people just want to know that they are heard.” —Anne Meara, 81, star of the Yahoo.com Stiller & Meara Web series.