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About Time: Fashion for the Seventy and Over Crowd

Posted: 09/04/2009 9:34 am

Who is Fannie Kirst and once it becomes legal across the land, can I marry her? Anyone who thinks up sassy, stylish and just plain smart fashion like this surely deserves my hand in marriage. I'm talking about Old Ladies Rebellion, a clothing line launched by the 24 year-old specifically for, well ... old ladies. In a total send up to the fashion industry's Lolita complex, by old, Karst means very mature. Specifically, she means sixty, seventy and older.

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To that end, her catwalk shows only feature the gray haired and gorgeous. Her elderly models (youngest is 60, oldest is 80) elegantly sashay down the runway in a series of knee length shift dresses. Karst keeps her signature silhouette interesting via bold graphics, quirky trompe-l'œil (patterns that give the illusion of accessories or items that aren't there) and ironic statements (my favorite? "Lets Begin With The End.") But perhaps the real irony here, is unlike the majority of collections modeled by young women and flattering only to young women, this mature clothing line looks good on all ages.

Karst counts older women, specifically her grandmother as muses. She cut her chops at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and went on to gain experience on London's Saville Row and in Paris. Now, with buzz building and the collection available to view online (you must reach out directly to Karst for purchase) it's beyond clear that this is a rebellion worth joining.

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Learn more about Karst online.


[images via oldladiesrebellion.com]


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