What Makes A Woman A Style Icon?
Have you ever noticed how the style icons from the past, that many woman believe to be the most stylish ever, mostly wore the simplest of outfits?
Coco Chanel was famous for her unique style, which was one of the most copied in the world. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessorises, beautiful models and timeless designs leave no doubt as to the lasting fame of the brand and embody everything that has come to symbolise the magic of Chanel.
The Chanel suit is ageless, stylish, unique, yet still modern, comfortable to wear and easy to personalise, and is still plays a major part in the fashion world today.
And that is the style the icons such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Sophia Loren all followed.
They wore classic styles, exemplified by twin sets and classic flared or straight skirts. Capri pants were something of a signature, as were simple white shirts and, of course, pearls.
The colours they wore were mainly monotone, like Cazinc The Labels AW19 collection: black, white, grey, charcoal, brown and ivory. These are all classic colours that are a fantastic basic for your wardrobe and you can create sophistication by adding a block colour to your look.
Accessories were vital to their style. When you think of Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany’s, you instantly remember the little black dress, sunglasses, gloves and pearl choker that she sports in the opening sequence, and the over-sized shirt and satin eye mask she wears inside her apartment. Holly Golightly’s outfits are replicated by women around the world who are captured by her vintage glamour.
We love Michelle Obama’s style, but if there was ever a more stylish and iconic first lady, it was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who’s style was emulated in magazines and retailers across the country. Jacqueline had a fascination for French couture, with her favourite designers being Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Hubert de Givenchy, before discovering an American designer, Oleg Cassini, who created many of her signature styles and inspired women all around the world.
Her style lives on today and she is one of the influences for many designers since. Colour blocking (including bright colours, breaking the all-black mantra of New York), oversized sunglasses (The ‘Jackie O’s’), pillbox hats, pearl necklaces, fitted suits, beautiful coats, off the shoulder tops, and of course, ballet flats paired with Capri pants – a style she helped make famous.
Even today, more than twenty years after her death, Jackie Kennedy Onassis remains a timeless fashion icon.
From catwalk to High Street, her influence is abundant.
Many A-Listers, including Amal Clooney, Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama are still emulating her look. Even Princess Diana, another style icon, often looked towards Jacqueline’s style when working with designers.
But now you don’t have to work with designers to emulate the style of these icons; you don’t have to look any further than the styles we are designing at Cazinc The Label. Our main aim for our label is to create stylish pieces (with a fashionable twist) of the style icons to suit and slim all body shapes.
Working with and styling real women for over 15 years I know all the cuts, shapes and designs that work and so I am proud to be able to replicate these elements into all our styles.
Every item is designed with lifestyle, comfort and elegance in mind and can be mixed and matched and layered to create more looks. Designs can be worn casually, for your career and evening events, or a dinner date, all with just a quick change of a pair of shoes and accessories.
Now you can be the woman others look up to as a style icon.
Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching. Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.