Carolyn Murphy Divulges Her Beauty Secrets & Style Icons

For the past few years, right around Mother’s Day, Harper’s Bazaar has honored women across generations with its “Fabulous at Every Age” search. Along with Estée Lauder, the magazine seeks out five women, each representing a decade from 20s to 60s.

On Wednesday evening, the winners gathered at Hearst Tower for a celebratory reception. We attended the fun fete, where we were able to catch up with Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey and Estée Lauder spokesmodel Carolyn Murphy. (We also hung out with Carmen Dell’Orefice!)

“When I think of fabulous at every age, I’ve always had a real passion for those ’40s movie stars,” Bailey told us. “Whether it be Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn — in fact, anyone with Hepburn as their last name, I love! I think that they have sort of a quintessential look, regardless of what age they were. That’s something that I really respond to.”

Murphy said she looked up to her successful older friends in the modeling industry.

“You know who is really incredible? China Machado,” she said. “She’s actually a friend of mine. I know she’s been hot on the scene for the past year, but that woman can dance — and her wardrobe and her sense of style with the way she dresses within her home, and the way she carries herself. I would like to be like her at her age. And Lauren Hutton. She’s another friend of mine, and she’s just really vivacious. She’s still that all-American girl. Who has more energy? Both of them combined have 10 times the amount of energy I do!”

The stunning 38-year-old also let us in on her timeless beauty secrets — sleep, water, and a slew of Estée Lauder products (“It’s never just one!”). Bailey shared with us tales of her evolving style. “I’d be very disappointed if I didn’t look back at those photographs and cringe,” she said with a smile.

Does she ever wear any of those old pieces? ”All the time. In fact, it’s been so nice because I pulled out a Jil Sander suit not so long ago, and I’m a very proud owner of some Hedi Slimane suits that have had so much wear over the years. That’s a prime example of somebody who — well, both of them — totally understands tailoring and whose clothes are as appropriate now as they were when I first wore them.”

As such, she’s no doubt looking forward to both of the designers’ new gigs — as are we.

To learn more about the “Fabulous at Every Age” finalists and to see some party shots, head on over to Harper’s Bazaar.

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