Friday, January 25, 2008


It sure seems easy to become a "Fashion Icon" these days. I think it takes more than fake boobs and not wearing underpants, or having a stylist tell you what to wear. Icon not take it anymore! As far as I am concerned, Victoria Beckham is not an icon, she is a doll, a stick for other people to put bits of fabric on! She is a shopper (nothing wrong with that ) and a shopper is not an icon. Sarah Jessica Parker is always being touted as an icon, but isn't that because Patricia Fields dressed her for Sex in the City? In my day, an icon would never be caught dead in sweat pants! Paris Hilton, icon? Sure she looks good in clothes (when she can keep them on) but has she created a look that will last? Those horrid little Trollsen Twins have the money to buy couture, but that doesn't mean they look good in it. I wonder what Karl says when they leave the Chanel showroom? I think icon status comes with age - you have to prove that you are more than a flash in the pan, you need to have had hot flashes. The Hollywood trash of today doesn't hold a candle to the legendary icons like Diane Keaton, Cher, and Audrey Hepburn. These women looked and look terrific in everything from gowns to weekend wear. It's not about the clothes, it's the style and confidence in which they are worn. Nobody can pull off a white T-shirt, chinos, and sneakers like Lauren Hutton. Kate Hepburn made a white shirt a fashion staple. Jackie "O" made it all look effortless. It takes a bit of eccentricity to gain the title. Wacky Edie Beale (of Grey Gardens fame and cousin to Jackie Kennedy) is copied every season by somebody. Marlene Dietrich did her famous gender bending and changed the way women dress forever. The most fabulous icon is the fabled Marchesa Luisa Casati, famous in the 1920's throughout Europe and known for her line "I want to be a living work of art". The Marchesa wore live snakes as jewellery, her naked servants were gilded in gold as she walked the streets of Venice naked beneath her furs, leading her pet cheetahs on diamond studded leashes! Madonna is about to become an icon in a few months. My stylists friends who think Kate Moss looks amazing in everything and would go gaga over her even if she was wearing a barrel, tell me that she will achieve it one day. Me, I'm not impressed, but maybe she'll make it - only time will tell!

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