Every once in a while you meet a woman whose style, class, and charisma stop you in your tracks. A woman who’s absolutely comfortable in her own skin, who radiates confidence and possesses that elusive “je ne sais quio”.
Women like that, fascinate me. They’re the muses for my jewelry and the inspiration for my style blog. I always get the urge to talk to those women hoping that some of their magic will rub off on me. Because it’s much easier to achieve something (and who doesn’t aspire to achieve that irresistible allure?!), if you know what IT IS that you want to have!
It was such a pleasure to interview Christine Boes – a woman embodying all of the above qualities. She’s a former designer turned fashion blogger at a young age of 66. And did I say she’s an absolute knockout!
Oksana Belo: I absolutely love your style! It really resonates with my ideal look: chic, elegant, and appears to be effortless. I’m curious to know how did you develop it? Did you go through trial-and-error period or did you just intuitively knew what will look great on you?
Christine Boes: The advantage is that I’m 66. I got to know a lot regarding various fashion styles during the last 50 years and there was enough time to collect all that I need and love in my closet. Most of the pieces are basics and they are easily combine with each other. And to answer your question – as a child I’ve had clear ideas about my outfits. But later on, I became a follower of ever-changing fashion trends. I bought really random pieces that you only wear once… Then, I came back to what I always knew and stuck with pieces that felt really good to wear. It’s important that your outfit is comfortable. I mean really comfortable: a great cut and fit, made of quality materials.
OB: What and who inspires the way you dress?
CB: It’s interesting that my father had a big influence on my style, and not my mother.
I love to see fashion shows. I go in with open eyes, always curious of outfits of other women, throughout the world. And I like to look at fashion magazines.
OB: Tell us a bit about how did you become a fashion designer? Was it a natural progression of things? Your passion?
CB: It all started with white shirts! They always accompanied me. Long white shirts that I wore like dresses, tied in the waist with a colorful fabric I bought anytime I got the chance. Some pieces I wore until they nearly fell apart. So, I got the idea to have my favorite pieces redone by a tailor, because they were completely broken and that’s how I developed my first designs. To my own ideas, of course, I added the ideas of others on which I based my designs. For example, the details of blouses or shirts which I saw in other collections inspired and influenced my own style. The pieces I designed, slowly got more and more attention from my friends, who also wanted to buy them. The step towards my own studio was the logical consequence. I opened the studio in 1990 in Duesseldorf and the designs I had in my mind then became concrete by employing a directrice and a tailor. Teamwork is the most important thing – that’s also true in the fashion business.
Besides white blouses, we also made pants, skirts, and jackets. It was the beginning of a big passion (that didn’t leave me until now.)
OB: What things do you think should be in every woman’s closet? What things you can’t imagine your style without?
CB: That’s easy to answer: black pants, a white shirt, a black jacket, and a good pair of jeans. With some
stylish accessories and nice high heels you can push your outfit from casual to an evening look.
OB: And what are your favorite accessories?
CB: I love earrings and cuffs.
OB: Do you have a signature perfume?
CB: I adore Yves Saint Laurent’s Yvresse. But I can only still get it in the US, since they don’t produce it anymore.
OB: You live in Mallorca (Majorca – island in Spain.) The place looks absolutely breathtaking in photos. Please tell us how did you end up living there? Was it an intentional desire? (I’m always dreaming of living somewhere by the sea, and with palm trees:)
CB: Our family bought an old finca in 1983 in a small village on Majorca’s fantastic westcoast. I’m very thankful to have the chance to live in such a wonderful part of the world. Till the end of 1994 we spend only our holidays there. Later on, we moved from Germany to Majorca. I was able to live on the island and work on the creative part of my business, and implementations were made in our studio in Duesseldorf.
I wish that one day your dream will come true to live nearby the sea.
OB: I admire that you embrace your age. You boldly state “I’m 66” on your bio and your blog’s tagline is “Fashion for best-agers”. I just love that! I think Coco Chanel’s quote “You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life” is so spot on and perfectly applicable to you.
CB: I never had a problem with my age. Every time has good sides. That’s my personal advice, with growing up by age you will grow up in your mind.
OB: Well, you look absolutely amazing! What’s your favorite beauty tip?
CB: Nothing new: healthy food, good sleep, sports – I have to do more sports than I do – and good styling tips. I get a lot of inspiration from Boris Entrup, a make-up artist who works for Maybelline New York. “10 minute make-up” is the title of one of his books, which you can get in 24 languages.
One thing you have to know and remember, things you wear can underline your personality but they can not replace it.
OB:So true! Any parting words or your favorite quote or wise words?
CB: “Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction” – Francis Picabia.
Go ahead, try to realize your ideas and have family and friends nearby – that’s important for me.
For more of Christine’s timeless looks go to her Best-agers blog.