Iris Apfel is the living embodiment of "When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple" only she definitely doesn't limit herself to purple. Magazines bombard us with how to age "gracefully", "what to wear in you're in your 60s" (they never seem to cater for women older than that), but Iris Apfel's style is so much more interesting. Her bright, patterned, excessively accessorised looks are ageless. The self-confessed "world's oldest teenager" has even more creativity than she does chunky bangles and I think that makes her the most stylish 93 year-old ever.
Tavi Gevinson and Iris Apfel are often put alongside each other as an example of youngest and oldest best dressed people in the fashion industry. Although Tavi has removed the archive from her blog, a simple seach of "Tavi Gevinson's style" retrieves thousands of results. Whether she is sporting a Rei Kawakubo inspired creation or a DIY layered masterpiece, the limits of Tavi's sartorial genius knows no bounds.
Susie Lau is one of the original fashion bloggers, starting her blog way back in 2006 when I hardly even remember the internet existing. The way she styles designer pieces is always pleasantly surprising and each new outfit post unveils new unpredictable fashion inventions. Susie is now a genuine fashion celebrity, writing for and featuring in many a fashion magazine and filling the pages of street style blogs all over the world. Her engaging writing style makes her stand out from many other successful fashion bloggers who solely post photos of their outfits and expensive holidays.
I've been reading Glitterous Clitoris and Secret Hipster for around a year now and their experimental styles and posts always inspire me. I checked Secret Hipster today and in her most recent post Adele sited her influences as nearly every other person in this post. It really does show too. Both hers and Kelly's style fits in seamlessly to the boundlessly cool and kooky looks of the other inspirations here.
Beauty and fashion writer, Rookie contributor, long time friend of Tavi's and general creative, Arabelle's style is independent and individual She draws inspiration from Rei Kawakubo and other Japanese designers to create her signature avant-garde look. Beauty guru and feminist advocate, Arabelle writes intellectually about the links between beauty and feminism, showing how makeup and fashion can be really powerful.
Raissa from The Leather Fanny Pack always takes beautiful photos of her dreamy outfits. Quite often they are variations of neutral colours with lots of black and whites but styled in such a unique way that just describing them as "black and white" is somewhat insufficient. Her outfits are character inspired fancy dress-esque looks that can create other worlds in that gorgeous aspirational way that fashion can behave in the right hands.
In order to start the new year as I mean to go on, it's time to start dressing more inventively. Dressing well is okay, but dressing individually and expressively is a different and better feeling entirely. This post features all my favourite style icons for sartorial creativity.
1, 2- Karen Mulder and Brandi Quinones backstage at Valentino 1995, 3, 4- Marchesa SS13 and Kate Moss by Rankin for Dazed and Confused, 5, 6- Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe photographed by Judy Linn, 7- Secret Hipster, 8- Junya Watanabe SS04, 9, 10- a region of the sky in the constellation of Sagittarius, 11- The Leather Fanny Pack, 12- Romy Schneider in La Piscine (1969)