Fashion is a multifarious arena full of multifarious individuals. Many notable characters from this pool of people have sat front row, have plastered their faces on billboards, and have been muses and models to designers. But the reality of this system is: decades pass, trends go. The terribly fickle industry has washed off many people out of this system, leaving nothing – not even a partial understanding of their memory. However; every so often, a miracle, as you may call it, happens. A few characters, by their charismatic styles and uniqueness find their way against oblivion. These people are revolutionary, and so they shall be named: Fashion Icons.
Fashion innovations such as the new look by Dior, or the flapper dress by Chanel always came as an underlying protest against prevailing norms that were not favorable to women. So when Amelia Blooomer thought of making the Bloomer famous (a pair of pants worn underneath the skirt) long before these contemporary innovations, she decided that women should not need uncomfortable corsets and petticoats. Although this idea of ridiculous confinement in ridiculously underserving clothes are long gone, Bloomer’s efforts still transcend today as she is a prominent figure in the women’s rights movement. Without her and the courageous efforts of her colleagues, we would have been living differently, and probably less comfortable than how we are now.
On personal style, Iris Apfel once said that it is all about “attitude, attitude, attitude”. A known fashion icon looked upon by other fashion icons, including Tavi Gevinson among many others, Iris usually wears her signature glasses with large, beaded necklaces and big bangles. Apfel founded an international textile house with her husband named “Old World Weavers” in the 50s, was involved in several White House restorations, and has been affiliating herself with various fashion related activities including the 2006 “Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Apfel Collections” exhibit held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Anna del Russo
With Vogue Nippon proving to be an exceptional piece of publication under her belt, Anna Del Russo proves to be a driving force in the industry. Known for her outrageous styling and decadent taste in clothing, Anna is streetstyle favorite and it seems unimaginable to spectate on major fashion show seasons without seeing her being hailed as one of the best dressed. Truly, Ana del Russo proves that ‘fashion is a declaration of your own freedom’.
Impressively stylish Andre and Daryl Chang have become great influences in the local fashion scene for quite some time now. Andre is an avant-garde blogger while Daryl currently works as the fashion director of Preview Magazine. A noteworthy trait of these two people is their striking mastery of color and silhouette that enables them to create visually satisfying clothing ensembles - whether this fashioning be seen on them or in their fashion editorials.
Tavi Gevinson is only 18 but she has bloomed early on by establishing herself as one of the most important people in the industry today. Apart from being the editor in chief of the renowned online magazine called Rookie, Tavi Gevinson sets sights on allowing herself to grow further by engaging in other affairs outside of fashion. She’s been into acting (Broadway remake of This Is Our Youth and a movie called Enough Said) right now and this arena is slowly becoming her new niche. Who knows? She might just win her own Oscar soon.
Ever since the hugely untrendy Normcore trend blasted influences on every style conscious individual on the planet, many figures who conventionally dressed in extremely-casual-clothes-they-parallel-uniforms, eventually became huge fashion influences. That includes Steve Jobs. Jobs is a renowned intellectual known for innovating one of the most important companies today while single-handedly donning his ever utilitarian wardrobe of a round eyeglasses, black turtleneck sweater, bright washed jeans, and sneakers. Indeed an unpretentious exercise of authentic style.
The woman responsible for Alexander Mcqueen’s name both literally and figuratively (Alexander Mcqueen was called Lee Mcqueen by his old friends before he rose to fame), Blow is an artist passionate about advancing her style to extreme ventures. She is also a celebrated figure known for her outlandish hats usually designed by Phillip Tracey. Hats acts as a her wall being that she wants to be surrounded, or so kissed only by the people she loves dearly.
Despite being English, Jane Birkin was one the most important people who defined the Bohemian style in Paris 1960s. Notable Birkin clothing staples included wide-legged denim jeans, off shoulder tops, and kitten heels. On a flight headed to London, she was about to sit ready for travel when the contents of her bag fell out. Luckily, she happened to be sitting next to Hermes’ chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas who designed a bag that had pockets to suit her needs. The famous Hermes Birkin bag was thus born.