Not much has changed for Norma Kamali, the fashion legend famous for giving us sleeping-bag coats, high-heeled sneakers, the skyscraper shoulder pads of the 80s, and chic jumpsuits made from sweatshirt material (the original athleisure wear?). She still has her signature short bangs and goth-black hair, looking like a Wednesday Addams who refuses to grow up. She still is slim and sleek and wears her skin-skimming designs like a 20-year-old. But that’s on the outside.
On the inside, the 75-year-old may be a bit gooier than normal, her heart beating a little more cheerfully. She’s in love and planning a wedding, which fills us with joy knowing true love can happen at any time.
Ironically, COVID–the bane of so many of us this year–has played a part in this happy development. “Through COVID we really spent so much time together so he proposed on my birthday, so we’re getting married,” she announced on an Instagram livestream with The WIE Suite founder Dee Poku. She’s been together with her fiancé Marty Edelman for 10 years.
“We all have our own calendar, we all have a different timeline of when things are supposed to happen,” she said, referring to her late-in-life marriage. (Kamali wed her first and only other time at age 19.)
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Maybe the most interesting aspect to this love story is that it was foretold. In 1970 her astrologer told her, “Oh this is what’s gonna happen in your career and when you’re 65 you’ll meet your soulmate.” Kamali remembers that she said, “‘Oh no no no. No, you’re wrong.” But it turned out the psychic was right. “At 65, I met my soulmate…I am so happy because I wasn’t ready before that.”
Kamali explained that she doesn’t think getting married at her age isn’t remarkable. “For me, I can’t even perceive age, ” she said.
Kamali has thought a lot about age. She has a book coming out in February called I am Invincible. The promo copy says, “At 75, Kamali looks—and acts—nearly half her age. The secret, she writes, is learning to age with power: Embracing a healthy lifestyle and looking forward to every milestone and the changes they bring, with the realization that reaching one’s potential has no date.” Age with power. Sounds familiar, and we approve.