Friday, October 1, 2010

Iconic Fashion

In fashion there are always archetypes and icons.  The women who stand out for having that certain look - whatever it may be.  Their personal style becomes the trend and something to model.  Certain women stand out as setting trends and just following them, and over the next few weeks I'll highlight their style - and how to be inspired by it, without looking like you're wearing a costume, Halloween hasn't started - yet!

We'll start with the beginning, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  I don't think it is an overstatement to say she is the most iconic woman of the 20th Century.  In my mind there are two versions of Jackie style: White House and New York.  These different phases of her life clearly informed what was necessary and appropriate to wear but what is most striking is that no matter what she is wearing she always looks like herself, she looks effortlessly refined, authentic and American.

Image via At its best

After the White House she maintained the style and elegance she always had but in a more casual, accessible way and defined what today is called American sportswear.

Image via Harper's Bazaar

“No one else looked like her, spoke like her, wrote like her, or was so original in the way she did things. No one we knew ever had a better sense of self.” 
- Teddy Kennedy on Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

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