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On Fashion and Style.

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

It would  definitely be an interesting study if someone were to give a hundred women $500 each to go into a specific store and find an outfit that they want to wear. The only restriction would be that they may not wear anything that they owned prior to this shopping spree.

My guess is that there will be a difference in each woman’s outfit. This is despite the fact that the same merchandise and spending amount was available to all of them, and that they were all dressing for the same weather.

The basis for my guess is that style is a visual expression. Very rarely will you find two people who dress exactly the same way. There will always be differences in the way people see fashion, and express themselves.

Mademoiselle Coco Chanel had a belief that while “fashion fades”, “[…] style remains the same.” Circa 1960, Yves Saint Laurent of French fashion said,“Fashions fade. Style is eternal”.

These famous designers were directional forces in modern fashion. Their ideas have stood the test of time. While Coco Chanel revolutionized women dressing with concepts such as the Little Black Dress, the tweed suit, and, jersey as a fabric, Yves Saint Laurent is renowned for creating the Le Smoking Tuxedo for women all around the world.

They were both onto something, and that is what I plan to explore here.

Whether it’s the Hermes Birkin or Anna Piaggi, Chanel’s two tone pumps or fringed hobo chic, the Olsen twins or Lady Gaga, whatever or whoever inspires me will be featured here. What I write here won’t always be about the current “it” bag or fashion. And even if it is, the idea is to explore the eternal quality of it rather than the fad. I want to know about people and styles, and perhaps understand how to integrate what’s current and “what’s in” into my forever.

Can the new cerulean booties be paired with the black dress in the closet? What about the white dress? Or how can the long necklace fad be incorporated? What is so special about the way Madonna or Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City dress?

Having become an image consultant, and having interacted with many well-dressed people, I have learned that there is a science behind the way well-dressed people style themselves. It is not just happenstance and never is it sheer good luck.

Style icons like Audrey Hepburn, David Beckham, Mary Kate Olsen, Sarah Jessica Parker, George Clooney, Jackie O, and Catherine Middleton inspire me; or sometimes there is a really interesting way a person on the public transit has dressed. I hope that these features about them will inspire you too.


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