If ever there were a testament to the cyclical nature of fashion and more pertinently our unanimous fixation on achieving retro-cool, it is this particular campaign, shot by Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style for Karen Walker.
Indeed, most recently in radical collaborations to provoke a hearty high five: Walker tapped Cohen to shoot her S/S 2013 sunglasses collection on some of the most powerful, ineffable faces that frequent his fantastically liberating site on mature style.
Frankly, it is rather disheartening that these women have clearer skin than I do but never mind that. It is so validating to see another form of proof that style is wholly a function of personality. Watching everyone’s favorite sunglasses transcend the boundaries of applicable-for-girls-only and champion the less obvious notion that they might actually function as far greater, prolific lenses on older ladies is a tell-tale sign that much to the dismay of Mark Twain, the clothes (or sunglasses) certainly don’t make the (wo)man. It’s the personality that suits the frames, yo.
But the most important common quality of Karen Walker’s spirit sustains itself through the collaboration, and that is: youthfulness. Joan Didion once said that New York is a city only for the very young. Maybe she just needed a pair of Karen Walker shades.