” Damn it. I can do anything!” Sue Kreitzman
Fabulous Fashionistas at Women of the World Festival
event chaired by Ruth Pitt ( television producer, journalist and writer) and guests Bridget Sojourner, Daphne Selfe, Sue Kreitzman and producer Sue Borne ( all known from the eccentric documentary Fabulous Fashionistas)
As I am making my way in to this talk, I hear my friend saying: “This will be so awesome!” and I smile questioningly. Every seat is taken, so we decide to sit on the floor near the first row so we could get the best view for what was about to change my perspective on life.
The event started with an introductory clip of the documentary and with Ruth Pitt’s question about how is it to be old but still living the life to the fullest?
Fabulous Fashionista is all about ageing beautifully, and the speakers said that it’s okay to age and enjoy it, as it is a part of the natural cycle of life. Even though life has its ups and downs, we must carry on. These ladies have proved that life can be fun even at 80!
“As you grow older, you learn to let go”, Sue says, and there’s nothing truer than that. Even as I hear these words, I remember that at some point in life, I had to let go of some things to be happier. And that’s what Fabulous Fashionistas is about: learning to know that you are enough, that you are strong, and regardless of what people might say, the capacity of doing things rest in your hands.
The other thing that stuck with me was the fact that the speakers not only emphasised how important is it to love yourself and to accept the things that come with age, but it’s important to make the most of the years you’re having ahead.
Daphne said that she always made her own clothes, thing that characterised her as a person and as an artist, while Bridget gets most of her clothes from charity shop.On the other side, there was Sue with the conviction that beige “might kill you.
It does really reach the life of you. It will make you sad and old.”
The discussion tackled some of the issues we have to deal with in our daily life and also the new context into which older women are put, and sometimes, even marginalised.
All in one, Fabulous Fashionistas was all about living the life fully, enjoying the small things and carrying on always.
Many thanks to ‘Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival 2014’ organisers for giving me the opportunity to attend this event, which was more than interesting and motivational!
- Fabulous Fashionista – documentary;
- Discussion about life, art, and why wearing beige might kill you;
- Redefining age;
- Living life at its maximum!
Quotes of the talk:
- ” Carpe Diem. Live every moment. Do things that mean to you.” – Sue Kreitzman
- ” The process of dying can be quite dramatic.” – Daphne Selfe
- ” Of course I’m on Facebook. I’m not a fossil.” – Sue Kreitzman
- ” We’re lucky to be old.” – Daphne Selfe