By Michaela Del Viscovo
Not many industries allow you to break boundaries and unconventional campaign ideas willingly, and that’s one of the many reasons why we love fashion. For British Vogue’s centennial issue, they decided to do something, well, unconventional. British Vogue featured 100-year-old model Bo Gilbert in a Harvey Nichols campaign. As the typical age for models is 16-25 years old, jaws are sure to drop after seeing a woman as old and wise as Bo in a campaign for such a renowned magazine.
Gilbert was photographed by Phil Poynter whilst donning Valentino glasses, a Dries Van Noten coat, a Victoria Beckham top, a Lanvin necklace, and trousers by The Row. The look is bold, beautiful, and by no means is it subdued to reflect her age. As Harvey Nichols is known for its playful attitude, the campaign aimed to portray that same playfulness. The hot pink coat and the way Gilbert has one leg up and the other down definitely suggests lightheartedness.
In the video Vogue featured on their site, Bo explained how she always “keeps herself looking quite decent,” even on days when she just stays in the house (I give her full props for having that much effort!). My favorite quote out of them all, however, is that she “doesn’t dress up for boys.” Amen to that.
And guess who her fashion muse is? The one and only Audrey Hepburn. The woman has great taste.
Gilbert possesses an attitude more positive and youthful than us college students do most of the time. I think we should all take some hints…
Watch the full documentary chronicling Gilbert’s journey to being on the pages of Vogue.