Left to right: Miu Miu Draped velvet accent top, Diane Von Furstenberg Velvet asymmetric dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Opera Gloves, Lara Bohinc Tatiana small clutch in black patent leather and dark brass jewellery, Roberto Cavalli graphic necklace
LONG BEFORE DEMI, Madonna and Kaiser Karl (who cleverly cast Jerry Hall and Baptiste Giabiconi in a recent Chanel campaign) bought the glamourous older woman back into vogue, there was The Graduate and Mrs Robinson. The original modern-day Cougar played by Anne Bancroft, hotly pursued Benjamin, the listless and inexperienced college graduate. She also had a serious penchant for plush pelts, pill box hats, LBDs with sheer chiffon and inky black stay-ups.
Her styling was sexy, elegant and immaculate. She wore black and ivory full-cut silk bras and black satin slips beneath a black and animal print wardrobe. She accessorised simply but luxuriously adding clip-on diamond earrings, oversized cocktail rings and big, fabulous fur coats. Her voluminous blow-dries and signature blonde streaks along with her dark, meticulously arched brows, framed a perfectly made-up face.
With her chic 60’s style still relevant today, we’re coveting all things Robinson-esque. We adore an LBD but we love an animal print one better, so we’ll be slithering into DVF’s velvet asymmetrical dress. Purr-fect. We’re ditching the clip-ons for this season’s big statement necklace and to finish, tossing up between YSL and Christian Louboutin’s sky high leopard print ankle boots. A tricky choice but on this occasion we’re going Louboutin. His lipstick red soles work oh-so-Robinson well with leopard print and a Dry Martini.
God bless you Mrs Robinson…