Audrey Hepburn

Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, , Ava Gardner, oh how my little heart flutters at the thoughts of the true style these women embodied and the legacy each has left behind…At certain points in time, legends are born, style icons are created and their influence over how we dress or dream to dress is everlasting….

Greta Garbo

Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffanys is the stuff of dreams; Jackie O in the infamous Cassini inauguration gown makes me weak at the knees! Hell Jackie O is still such an influence in society that it’s a verb… ‘oh you totally Jackie O’d it girl’… Older ladies wish they were her; younger gals can’t wait to grow up and try to be like her… it’s a vicious circle I know!  What I am getting at is 50 years later we are still looking back for inspiration and for the ultimate’s in style…  All this thought of icons got me thinking as to who are the true icons of the noughties?! Sure we have Kate Moss, hailed as the biggest style icon of the 20th century or the likes of Sienna Miller, Daphne Guinness, Alexa Chung, Roisin Murphy, Daisy Lowe, Blake Lively, Victoria Beckham, Olivia Palermo (personal fav) Diane Kruger, Carrie Bradshaw/ Sarah Jessica Parker, the list goes on and on, but will their influence ever be as great? Will I be sitting with my daughter 30 years from now as she tries to recreate a ‘Sienna Miller’? Something in me says not…. All stylish in their own right, and all forging paths in the trend stakes, but iconic.. I’m not so sure!

Carrie Bradshaw

Alexa Chung

Roisin Murphy

I guess what I am getting at here is fashion is so fast now that our ‘icons’ of today are fluid, they are interchangeable, they are fleeting, they are unpredictable,  according to our mood, our date, the venue, or our current financial score….. We have become fashion chameleons.  Some days I am in a Gossip Girl Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meestor) prim and proper mood, and like nothing better than a classic LBD with pearls and an alice band and others I get a Whitney from the City kinda vibe complete with floral playsuit and gladiator flip flop sandals – yes, in a pretend world where its sunny in Dublin.. but you get the drift!

On the flipside, fashion of the past could be considered static, although looks and icons were sophisticated and classic, style was less changeable, begrudgers may even consider it boring, but whatever your view, there was always a ‘look’,  a look that was synonymous with the icon, celebrities of today still yearn to recreate the old Hollywood glamour of Grace Kelly or Rita Hayworth, but never quite seem to measure up, perhaps its because we look back with rose tinted glasses but it seems, no matter how fast the fashion, how inventive or innovative the designer, in order to embody ‘true style’ one must always look back for inspiration.. To take an example, the young and very brilliant designer Jasmine Di Milo’s current collection, with its two piece, big shouldered, silk suits is very reminiscent of Dietrich in her hay day…

Grace Kelly

I think its fair to say, the 1950’s was one of the most influential era’s in terms fashion, and many of the icons I mention hail from this fabulous place in time. These icons were less exposed, what we saw of them was the fabulous, the glamorous, the moments that were staged and that we off course remember… In today’s media driven society, celebs are pictured at every moment, they don’t have the opportunity to maintain the allure or the mystery as celebs of the past once did and in turn this lessens there icon status – its as if they are more attainable, more real!

Coco Chanel once said, ‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different’, this totally embraces what I am getting at – there is almost an element of sameness of how our society dresses now- our influences have become so great. Sure, we all know how it works, its starts with the catwalks, worn by the celebs and eventually filtered into the highstreet, albeit usually a little too late to keep up, but that’s how it is. We no longer embrace a look or a style as perhaps our predecessors did, rather we are always following and never quite reaching, well that’s how I feel at times, but perhaps that a random notion of my own!!

I think the closet thing we have to an icon in terms of longevity is most likely Victoria Beckham, love her or hate her, we all remember her for her style….But I still don’t believe her influence will ever be on par with the Audrey Hepburns of this world…Ditta Von Teese is an example of someone with a ‘look’, with instantly defininable style, but then I beg to question where her inspiration comes from, the 50’s per chance?!

Victoria Beckham

I want to know who will be the Ava Gardner of the next generation, or the Bridgette Bardot of the generation after that…. Or have we sadly lost the last of the true icons? Of course we have the fashionably styled glitterati, the trendsetters of the noughties… but there is, in my opinion, a huge difference between being stylish and chic and being iconic……. .

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