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Dr. DressMe asks who’s your ‘Style Icon’ ? 

As we at DressMe like to demonstrate, there are positive ways of exploiting the potential of a style icon in the construction of a signature style .

Samantha Cameron, the wife of the Tory leader David Cameron has confessed to Harpers magazine that her fashion ‘alter ego is Gwen Stefani’, ‘Not that I ever dress like her’ she comments ‘but in a different life. . .’ Never fear Samantha were you my client  I would never suggest that the Tory party’s ‘first lady’ actually appear at her next photo-call wearing combat trousers and a bleached beehive. But it is SOOOOOO tragic to have such fashion fantasies and never be able to do anything about it!!!. A well judged injection of Stefani’s style ethos into Cameron’s look might give her (and David) a boost on all fronts. 

 In fact Samantha Cameron shares her ‘Stephaniesque’ aspirations with a surprising number of DressMe lady Clients (all perfectly sane and intelligent women). The difference is that every DressMe client gets to express their ‘inner icon’ . . . stylishly and in a way that is unique to them.   

 Of course anyone can get the immediate - ‘I am a totally unnatural blond but I am what I am and I get what I want’ - feel good factor by singing Madonna ‘Material Girl’ or ‘Diamonds are a girls best friend’ (lets face it who actually can sing a Gwen Stefani lyric?). . .BUT getting the power-blond-and -loving-it look right without looking like you have a severe a case of premature BetteLynchitis is a REAL challenge  so be warned!


The DressMe philosophy is that all dressing is a sort of performance it just depends what role you choose to play today! As Rue Paul once said (excuse me if I misquote) ‘we are all born naked the rest is drag’. So in this spirit I am posting a list of fashion icons (non comprehesive of course) which may be pillaged from freely. I have divided it into user friendly categories. . .


Happy dressing up !

The Immortals (after whom there is only caricature): Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Russell , Marilyn, Cydd Cerisse, Ava Gardner, Mae West, Grace Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Garbo, Sophia Lauren.

The Contemporary Caricatures: Dita Von Tise, Gwen Stefani, Kirsty Allen, Amy Winehouse, Jenny Éclair, Kelly Osborne.

The Fictional Babes- Closely related to the above only two dimensional: Betty Boop, Jessica Rabbit, Laura Croft, Cruella De Ville, Morticia Adams, Penelope PitStop, (these ladies definitely had a ‘look’ going)

The Hollywood Royalty: Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeeta-Jones, Jennifer Anniston, Nicole Kidmann, (are you bored yet??)

Les gamines: Jean Seaberg, Edie Sedgewick, Leslie Caron, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Annie Hall, Juliette Binouche, Louise Brooks.

The Royals: Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, Queen Margrete II of Denmark, Queen Rania of Jordon, Princess Letizia of Spain

Aristocratic: Trinny Woodhall, Jasmine Guinness, Kristen Scott Thomas, Wallis Simson, Princess Margaret (particularly on Mustique), Margot Ledbetter (suburban version of latter)

Elegance incarnate: Isabella Rosellini, Catherine Deneuve, Billy Holliday, Coco Chanel, Jean Moreau, Jackie O (American equivalent of Royalty)

The Rock Goddess: Marianne Faithful, Anita Pallemberg, Patti Smith, Chrissey Hynde, Janice Joplin. Tina Turner. Blondie, Sade, Dianna Ross, Siouxsie Sioux.

The Golden Girls: The Flake girl, Claudia Schiffer, Maria Sharapova, Meg Ryan, Cameron Dias, Michelle Pheiffer, Elle McPherson, Gwyneth Paltrow

The Power Blonds: Margaret Thatcher, Babs Widsor, Madonna, Honor Blackman (as Pussy Galore), Faye Dannaway (as Bonnie Parker)

The Trend Setters: Kate Moss (now a high street brand and thus cynically cashing in on the her admirers with the kind of tat she would never normally wear in a million years), SJP (made being confused fashionable and let us all relax about not wearing matching shoes and handbags), Jennifer Anniston (remember that hair cut but can you picture the clothes?), Now Alice delal and Alexa Chung.

Growing Older elegantly: Judi Dench, Germaine Greer, Helen Mirren, Angelica Houston, Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Anna Wintour

The Romantics: Lillie Cole, any Land Girl, any pre-Raphaelite painting especially ‘Flaming June’, Jenny Agutter, Helena Bonham Carter, Nicole Kidman before she became a blonde and (see Hollywood royalty above), Kate Winslett

The, Eccentrics: Isabella Blow, Zandra Rhodes, Vivian Westwood, Tilda Swinton, Bjork.

The Refuseniks! Carol Thatcher, Princess Anne, (power to their unselfconscious refusal to conform to anything that remotely resembles fashion)

The ones your daughters will think are cool - probably (and anyone over 35 and not a reader of Grazia will have to Google to know what we are talking about). La Roux, Peaches Geldorf, Sophia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst. Maggie Gyllenhall, Chloe Sevigny, Kate Hudson

The Men’s Men (who ladies may also think are acceptable examples sartorial elegance) Clive Owen, Judge John Deed (AKA Martin Sheen), Giovanni Agnelli , Sean Connery, Jools Holland, George Clooney, Jude Law, John Steed, Jean-Paul Belmondo

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Although this is rapidly becoming my favourite blog, and this latest post is clearly a winner, I am increasingly frustrated as I read down the list of (mostly) fabulous women - where are the men??!! UNFAIR!! The little list at the end is mere crumbs for the starving. My favourite ever style icon, as a man who cares about style, was Quentin Crisp (as I confessed in my last comment). I think the two great dandies of British history, Beau Brummell (see the statue in Jermyn Street, gentlemen) and Oscar Wilde, pale in comparison to Saint Quentin. And no comment about Sebastian Horsley, though he does fly a flag of his own.

Dear Anne, can we have a similarly erudite and exhaustive/exhausting list of men, please? I'm sure we can do better than Esquire's rather feeble attempt: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/2098090/Esquires-Ten-Best-Dressed-Men.html

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