Do you know who Olatz Schnabel is?
She’s amazing. No, amazing doesn’t even begin to describe her style. And that’s what this woman has: style. For her, it’s not about this season’s “it” bag or sitting front row as photographers climb over her to get more shots of Mary-Kate Olsen wiping her nose. You can see photos of Olatz from the ‘70s and she looks as timeless as she does today. Possibly her best quality is that she’s this fashion great without having much to do with fashion, other than wearing amazing clothes. Her great loves are art, her husband and her children, not a $700 pair of shoes. Although she likes those as well.
The first time I found out who Olatz Schnabel was, was in the August 2001 issue of American Vogue. It was the Age Issue and Olatz was featured with her husband and children. There was an amazing picture of her wearing a white tank, deconstructed jeans and a massive fur coat. This picture epitomized glamour in my eyes. She looked insanely chic, yet remarkably carefree at the same time. She’s the exact definition of that saying “don’t let the clothes wear you, wear the clothes.” She’s graceful, but approachable. I am constantly drawing from the few pictures available of her as inspiration for how I dress. She wears Valentino unlike anyone else, and while I don’t have a reason, or the budget, to wear an infamous red gown, I most certainly implement her staples of crisp blouses and tall, slouchy boots into my wardrobe. Her looks ooze a femininity that is fresh and modern but has underlying qualities of old glamour.
The pieces she wears are whimsical, but polished. Don’t get me wrong, I love curly hair. I find it sexy and carefree, but let’s face it. The majority of the people in this world think “curly hair,” think “Carrie Bradshaw,” then think, “SCATTERBRAIN.” Or, that’s just my experience, of course. When I have something I have to look at least semi-together for, (that looming court meeting for my speeding ticket comes to mind), I don’t do curly hair. But Olatz can do curly hair and still look completely together. With her smoldering eyes, pencil skirts and, yes, curly hair, she’s a vision of fashion inspiration. I’ve never seen a picture of her where she is dressed inappropriately or looks dated. From her beach wedding photos in the ‘70s, to the most recent opening of her linens store (appropriately and simply named Olatz) every look is chic and timeless. With Olatz, it isn’t about her hair, her clothes or her shoe collection, it’s about her as a whole. She constantly evokes this stylish international persona that is a mix of high and low fashion, always resulting in perfection. In an industry where the word “icon” is thrown around more often than the daily paper, it’s refreshing to see a woman with style, not a stylist.
Link to Olatz: Olatz