Starts At Sixty
Bette Midler is â€˜chanelling the 70sâ€™ in stunning new ad campaign
February 4, 2016
Bette Midler is having a great year already. In January, she turned 70 and now she is appearing in a hit fashion campaign surrounded by waifs and other wonderful people, and sheâ€™s having so much fun doing it!
Marc Jacobâ€™s Spring/Summer campaign is all about Americana and the best symbols of that culture. By including Bette Midler, in the â€˜familyâ€™ he created for the campaign, Jacobs got the chance to honour one of his heroes.
Sharing the first images on Instagram, he wrote, â€œWhat a privilege it is to know your heroes.
â€œMy earliest memory of Bette Midler was somewhere around the age of nine years old. I remember (at that young precocious age) hearing about her performances in the basement of the Ansonia Hotelâ€™s, Continental Baths. I vividly remember the genuine excitement and love I had for Betteâ€™s music. I was curious and excited by her energy, power and the exuberance in her voice and bold, brassy glamour.
â€œTo this day, I still credit Bette Midler (unbeknownst to her) with a large part of my foray into fashion design. At age ten when I discovered the image drawn by Richard Amsel for her album cover, I was so instantly enamored by the silhouetted Bette in a black dress wearing platform sandals with a wedge of red curly hair that I recreated it on the back of a jean jacket with acrylic paint and embroidery floss and proudly wore it to school.
â€œThe onset of the spring/summer 2016 season began with my interest in the pride of being an American, however, I have always maintained that Iâ€™m a New Yorker above all else, a different breed entirely â€“ one whom at nine years old is aware of the Continental Baths and more importantly the sexy, glamorous and sublime, Bette Midler.â€
The designer continued to gush about the Divine Miss M, describing â€œher beauty, her brass, her glamourâ€ and â€œthat energy, vitality, verve, nerve and curveâ€¦â€
For her part, Bette was absolutely thrilled with the way the pictures turned out: