This week I was asked, who’s your vintage style icon? It’s a question I’ve really struggled with. When it comes to following other people’s style and recreating it in my own looks I try to mix from a variety of sources, different eras and influences. My own style is kind of chaotic, it differs with my mood and of course, the weather!
But things change when we use the words style icon. This isn’t simply about the clothes we wear. It’s about the person who wore them, what they did and who they were.
When I started thinking in this way I knew immediately who my style icon was.
Audrey Hepburn’s style can be defined in one word, elegance.
She was a naturally beautiful woman who wore refined black dresses and classic styling like no one else.
A strong woman who grew up in German occupied countries in the Second World War and whose family suffered from this society.
A talented woman who excelled in ballet and is still remembered as a film icon.
A generous woman who devoted her life to helping impoverished children in the world’s poorest countries.
Audrey became a Goodwill Ambassador for Unicef because she fought for equality. She believed those most fortunate should help those who need it most. Not from guilt or for image, but simply because we are all the same.
Yes Audrey was stunning and wore beautiful clothes. But if she was only that, would she be remembered? She’s still part of the fashion world today because her clothes expressed who she was.
Audrey Hepburn’s style is eternal, because she was an iconic woman.
So who’s your vintage style icon?