Sunday, March 13, 2011

Weekend Reading 5: La Légende: Charlotte Rampling

At age 64, Charlotte Rampling remains an icon of sex and decadence.  

Charlotte Rampling in the Night Porter.

"Fashion in magazines has to be sublime for me, it can't be ordinary".

Wearing Dior haute couture

" I'll throw a few things on but they will be good things- couture, Yohji Yamamoto, Jil Sander, usually quite masculine things."

In a gabardine trench coat, angora felt turban and leather gloves from Gaultier Paris.

So how does she remain quite so, well, sexy?  

Photographed by Helmut Newton in 1974

Rampling attributes it to three things: her lust for life, the effort she's made to evolve, and above all, the preservation of her mystique.  "If you're not ready for old age, suddenly you think, Oh my God, I'm not attractive any more.  Well, of course you don't attract people in the way you did, but there are other ways.  Attraction is making people aware of who you are, and its the mystery which is attractive.

Charlotte Rampling with Jurgen Teller nude. 

Images from and text from V magazine

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