Meryl Streep has many faces.
Her own is very beautiful and yet she has the magnificent talent of changing in front of the camera before our eyes.
She is who she plays.
The Post, her latest and the apparently greatest film is on top of my list. She plays Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper – the Washington Post. From all accounts her performance is sterling. I can’t wait.
I am in awe of the depth, the sense of humour, the emotional understanding and oftentimes courage she exhibits to play such diverse but incredible roles. Remember her hippy ‘joie de vivre” in Mama Mia, her ‘cuteness’ in It’s Complicated? What about her British-ness in The Iron Maiden or her dour character in Doubt? Then there is Kramer v’s Kramer, the heart-breaking Sophie’s Choice and one of my most loved, The French Lieutenant’s Woman. Her body of work is long and impressive; this holiday season I am having a binge-watching session of all her films. I’ll start with The Devil Wears Prada – each viewing only gets better and better.
I do that – crush on an actor or actress and then watch all their films one by one.
Meryl Streep and her absolutely beautiful face, shot by Annie Liebowitz, show her 68 glorious years. She is classically dressed – soft cream silk blouse and a dark pair of trousers – minimum make-up and simple jewellery. Lately, the combination of silk blouse and trousers has been my go-to combination for travelling. Depending on the destination or whether at home I add a jacket, coat and the appropriate shoes. It is mostly sneakers at home, loafers or mules in the day and the block heels at night. I wear a higher neckline – but that’s just me – a short body means the longer length looks better.
The combination may not seem to be the most exciting but it is one I receive many compliments on – especially the cream and olive/ grey combination. When the I-don’t-know-what-to-wear morning strikes or the I-don’t look-good-in-anything mood won’t go away, this look will save the day.
Red lips add the drama.
If anyone personifies my ageing philosophy of “better not younger” it is Meryl Streep. She is better and better every year. xv
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image, meryl streep by annie liebovitz for vogue december 2017