Thursday, October 28, 2010

ICONIC FASHION STYLES



When I think of celebrity style icons, I think of such past icons such as, Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. We can continue on and on, but these are some that come to mind quickly as they are the ones that most people might think of today. These women had their own style that women of all ages, continue emulate to this day and their style will probably live on forever. The one thing they all shared is that they all kept it simple.



 
Coco Chanel circa 1944
Source: National Post

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel changed the way women viewed the dress. After Ms. Chanel invented the little black dress in the mid-1920’s the black dress came out of mourning and into women’s closets. It was now an item no woman could do without. The Chanel clothing line was simple, easy to wear, elegant and timeless. It was so when Ms. Chanel headed the company and it still is under Lagerfeld’s tutelage. Sure there is always room for trends, but for the most part, well dressed women, young and old, seem to keep it simple, elegant and easy just like Ms. Chanel liked it.
   
Audrey Hepburn in the Little Black Dress
Audrey Hepburn in the Little Black Dress
Source: Daily Mail

In the 1960’s Audrey Hepburn reminded us just how much we needed that little black dress when she wore it in a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Her dress, designed by Givenchy is always what I think about when I think of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Audrey Hepburn’s style remained always simple, yet elegant; namely, thanks to her life-long friendship with Givenchy. She became his friend and muse after he designed her wardrobe in the movie Sabrina, which by the way, was divine.

Jackie O. circa 1975
Jackie O. circa 1975
Jackie Onassis' fashionable Sunglasses have been copied since Jackie started wearing them in 1960. She is one of my favorites. I still wear the Jackie O sunglasses style. I think it’s stylish, elegant and adds a sense of mystery to the appearance. Jackie is also well known for wearing the simple unadorned pill box hat designed by Halston, which reached it’s peak during the early 1960’s after the assassination of President Kennedy. Jackie was well known for wearing dark turtlenecks and light colored skirts or pants. Her look was always simple and chic. You never saw her over dressed. She was always beautiful to me. As she got older I thought she got even more beautiful. I think maybe because her mystique grew. Maybe it was those sunglasses. 
 
White Halter Dress
White Halter Dress
When Marilyn Monroe wore her white halter dress on “The Seven Year Itch”, it seemed as if the world stopped while she shot that scene. Would it have worked with another dress in another color, maybe, but I think not. Today, fifty-five years later, women are still trying to copy that look.  
    

Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF circa 1958
Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
circa 1958

 Elizabeth Taylor's sexy dresses--who can forget her clothing in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", and "A Place in the Sun"--were stunning. Her white chiffon dress on “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” was a sensation and was copied by women all over the country. The actress also had a copy made for herself. Elizabeth was always dressed in glamorous satin dresses. Her dresses were always simple and sexy and not too over done. She enjoyed her diamonds and always wore them with her wardrobe and she was not afraid to show off her jewelry; however, when Elizabeth wore her jewelry, it was in a tasteful and elegant way which complimented her outfit.


Madonna and daughter Lourdes Leon arrive at Macys on August 3rd to launch their new line--MATERIAL GIRL.
Madonna and daughter Lourdes Leon arrive at Macys
on August 3rd to launch their new line
MATERIAL GIRL.
Madonna, who became a style icon during the 80’s, and was copied by young girls all over world, took Marilyn Monroe’s look and updated to fit a more “Rock” life style. Thanks to that “Marilyn” look, Madonna remains a fashionista to this day. Like Victoria Beckham, another fashion guru of today’s generation, she is now designing a line of clothes with her daughter Lola and no doubt it will sell quite well. Little Lola seems to be following in her mother’s footsteps and becoming a fashion guru herself. Can’t wait to see what she starts putting out on the “red carpet” as the years roll by. She will lead the next generation of well dressed ladies!

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