Of Icons and Inspiration

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Do you have a style icon?

Ask anyone who loves to create things about the source of their inspiration and I guarantee you nearly every one of them will tell you that most of their ideas come from the things around them.

That could be nature, history, architecture or music. Or it could be another person – living or dead – whose work inspires their own.

So why should it be any different with creating outfits?

That’s where the idea of a style icon comes in.

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In my humble opinion, having a style icon takes a great deal of stress out of ensemble creation. To have someone to whom you look up to for their sartorial style or with a similar body shape or colouring when you are having doubts about your choices can suddenly make everything seem so clear & simple – not to mention bringing you back from the wardrobe malfunction precipice!

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It could also be someone you feel may have similar values or embodies how you want to present yourself to the world.

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In my case, I have two style icons who I use for inspiration: Monica Belluci and Anjelica Huston. Confident but still supremely feminine, they dress for their age and are incredibly sexy at the same time.

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Whenever I have a style dilemma or am standing in a fitting room, unsure about whether the item I have on is really me or suits me – yes, it happens to stylists too! I simply ask myself: What would Monica do?

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50? Get OUT!!

Now Anjelica Huston – what a woman! And while I don’t really have the same body shape she totally rocks the sophisticated, I-enjoy-life-and-who-I-am-and-I-don’t-give-a-damn-what-you-think-look, without being too masculine about it.

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Plus she’s not afraid to wear colour.

I especially love Angelica’s wardrobe in Smash!, and while credit should perhaps be given to the wardrobe designer for the actual ensembles, it was she who carried it off in the end.

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The pants suit queen!!

All I can say is I hope I look this good at 63!

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Happy icon inspiration!


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