Last night Harper’s Bazaar and Estée Lauder held a lovely cocktail reception at Hearst Tower to celebrate the winners of its second annual “Fabulous at Every Age” reader contest. It was a girl-power love fest, leaving a good chunk of the room weepy by the end of the presentation.
I snuck in a quick chat with Harper Bazaar’s EIC, Glenda Bailey (in Erdem), before the presentation started. She talked about what a huge franchise “Fabulous at Every Age” is for the mag, saying, “When I’m walking along and someone wants to get my attention, they don’t go ‘Harper’s Bazaar!’ or ‘Glenda!’ They say, ‘Fabulous at every age!’” When I mentioned that I recently had a birthday and had to jump to the next age category she said, “As somebody who is not in the 70-year-old category (she’s 52), I find myself lusting after the 70-year-old picks--so I have something to look forward to in my 60s and 70s! The spirit of it is, you immediately look to where you are, but then you look a little bit before and a little bit after.”
When asked about her favorite decade of life so far, Glenda had this to say: “...I became an editor-in-chief when I was 26-27. To take the helm of a magazine at that age was quite an exciting prospect. I have to say every single year brings new pleasures and new joys, and...I’ve got a lot to look forward to.” Finally, she threw out some praise for fellow Hearst editor Kate White, the EIC of Cosmopolitan. “I don’t actually know how old she is, but every time I see her she looks amazing. Absolutely amazing. ”
Getting back to the presentation, the finalists were:
-Anh Sundstrom (20s) -Nathalie Sajous (30s) -Cyd McKenna (40s) -Angela Paul (50s) -Brandyn Barbara Artis (60s) -Honorable mention to Margaret Bonner, 102 (!!)
Elizabeth Hurley--in her 17th year of representing Estée Lauder and wearing skintight Cushnie et Ochs--presented the award to each woman, and then to the grand prize winner, Brandyn Barbara Artis, who got teary. Which then prompted the whole room to get misty-eyed.
Estée Lauder created two limited edition lip shades for the occasion which are supposed to be flattering for any age group: Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Bitten Fig, and Pure Color Gloss in Red Tango. You can pick them up at Saks Fifth Avenue.
**Photo: Amanda Schwab/Starpix