The phrase style icon is essential in the world of fashion. It’s also something that is thrown like the morning newspaper. At every single turn, someone is claiming the label. July is the hottest month of the year, so keep cool by adopting some essential pieces for our favorite style icons to date.
A solid decade before the other boho waif made it on the scene; Kate was ruling the runway and the glossy ads. With her perfectly disheveled hair and nonchalant walk, Kate has put skinny jeans on the map and it doesn’t seem that they’re going away any time soon. With their un-pretentious detailing, Loomstate’s Justice Demi Flare, Lake ($170, eluxury.com) is lightweight and not too constraining for those of us with a figure that is…not exactly Kate.
As brilliant as her look was then, it is now. The incomparable Jackie was the guiding light in fashion during her era, and her staples are back in full force thanks to Hollywood starlets. Most memorable are her giant sunglasses, which graced her face from coast to coast during all seasons.
Tom Ford captures the easy glamour in his Marissa Sunglasses ($330, eluxury.com). A generous size that flatters nearly all faces, the sunglasses will have you channeling Jackie in no time.
Chic is an understatement when it comes to describing the genius that is Carine Roitfeld. From her ever sleek hair to her catwalk-worthy pout, it’s often arguable which side of the magazine page she belongs. Always standing tall in her sexy, caged shoes, she makes a point of having the best shoe collection this side of your favorite porn star. Check out Dior’s Diorantik T-Strap sandal ($530, eluxury.com), which embodies Roitfeld’s provocative edge.
When the rail thin male rock stars of her day were sporting skinny ties and perfectly crushed leather jackets, Patti Smith was doing the same. For a new spin on her ultra chic trousers, Nanette Lepore has concocted Ellington’s Ellington Stripe The Duke’s Trouser ($275, eluxury.com). With its slim fit and wide leg opening, the pants are the perfect modern day alternative to bell bottoms of the past. Smith ruled the stage and androgyny never looked so good.
Impeccable and always pristine, the sheath dress was an essential of Audrey Hepburn. Calvin Klien’s Naline dress ($435, eluxury.com) embodies the glamour and simplicity of everyone’s favorite sweetheart. Whether she topped it with a giant hat or finished it with chic flats, Hepburn’s sheath dresses are a fundamental of any wardrobe.