June 17, 2013

Signature Style

The most enduring style icons have a signature look- something that sets them apart from everybody else.   Since style is the physical representation of an abstract concept (your personality), it makes sense to have a style signature that is a symbol of your individuality.

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, has rocked the same severe bob forever.  Her hairstyle has become an extension of her as a person; when you think “Anna Wintour” you inevitably imagine her bangs and chin-length bob.   This ‘do has been with her through 25 years of editing Vogue, and reveals a lot about Anna as a person.  We can infer that she is a woman who knows who she is and what she wants, and that she isn’t easily influenced.  Who knew a haircut could say so much?


Amy Winehouse is another lasting style icon who will forever be remembered by her one-of-a-kind look.  Her retro-inspired beehive hairdo and mega-cat eye makeup catapulted her onto the fashion scene, spawning copy-cats around the world.  Karl Lagerfeld even used her as inspiration for a whole Chanel runway collection!  Amy’s signatures spoke volumes about her:  just like her oversized ‘do, Amy led a larger-than-life existence.  Her retro-inspired look was a direct representation of her thoughts on music: she admired the greats than came before her and embellished on their groundwork in her own voice.


Iris Apfel is the quirkiest of style icons, and her oversized spectacles are recognized everywhere.  A nonagenarian interior designer and fashion collaborator, Apfel is known for her left-of-center fashion sense and of course, her giant glasses.   Though her outfits and jewelry and constantly changing- I’ve never seen her in the same thing twice- her eyewear has stayed the same over the years.  While she’s not who you typically think of when you think “fashion icon”, Iris is one of my favorite fashionistas.


So what’s my signature?  My blue eyes, heavily outlined in matte black eye shadow!  Not a day goes by that I don’t employ my signature make up.  No matter what I’m wearing or what trends I experiment with, my smoky eyes keep my look grounded.   To get my eyes outlined to perfection I use MAC Black Tied eye shadow and a thick-bristled shadow brush.  The intense, mysterious vibe is totally representative of my Scorpio personality!

Do you have a signature?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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