Its Fashion Week in New York City- (9/7-12) and theres at least one writer who thinks men should pay attention.Several years ago, Style writer Simon Doonan had a provocative piece in Slate,Should Old People Wear Sassy Underwear? Headline aside, underwear wasnt Doonans focus.Now that older people no longer get the respect that age once conferred, why dress the part?As a man approaching 60, he was meditating on how he should respond, style-wise, to his new oldster status.His point: Now that older people no longer get the respect that age once conferred, why dress the part?Since nobody is going to give you any props for growing old gracefullylets face facts, nobody is going to give you props anymore foranything!you might as well let rip and crank up the volume on your leopard-print mankini.Fashion Role Model DisparityProblem is, while women dont have to look far for role models of older women with sensational style, male role models are hard to find.Doonan mentions only one: Nudie Cohn, a Ukraine-born tailor who never stopped superstyling himself as a rhinestone cowboy.Cohns webpage is a whos who of celebrities; his Wikipedia page is a Whos Who of celebrity clients from Hank Williams, Roy Rogers, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash, to John Lennon, Elton John, Cher, Gram Parsons and, most famously, Elvis Presley.
Heres a video interview with his granddaughter.So who are the style icons for older men? Here are a few, from stylish to outrageous.Gnther KrabbenhftThis 70+ grandpa and former Berlin chef has been winning raves for his style after being discovered by a photographer.Gunther says I find that I dress pretty normal.Ive always dressed like this.
When I went to work when I go to exercise.I want to look at myself with joy.Its also always a reflection of my inner self.
Take a look at more style ideas from his PR firm at his page here.Photo: Henry Balaszescul and Marta PR Artist ManagementLenny KravitzLenny Kravitz is a renaissance man and then some.His webpage cites his music, his apparel line and an incredible body of work in interior design.He explains the backstory to one of his standout style points in a late night chat show.Keith RichardsRichards is a music icon, an author, an actor, and a collector (some 3,000 guitars and an extensive library)and an independent style icon that inspired Johnny Depps Jack Sparrow characterwhich landed him a role as Jack Sparrows dad.)More Senior Mens Fashion IconsNeed more? Check out this Pinterest page on Five Senior Instagram Fashion Icons You Need to follow.
And for even more eye candy and fashion ideas, check out this Pinterest page.YOUR TURNWho are we missing? Let us know in the comments!Photo (top): Pasqualino Capobianco on Unsplash