Style Cheatsheet – Gypset

Give off a worldly, sophisticated air when dressed in folksy-yet-polished clothes and accessories that speak of countless travels across the globe.

Back in the day …

Anita Pallenberg: As a key member of the Rolling Stones’ entourage, Pallenberg made lounging about in languid, luxurious fabrics and styles an art form.

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 Present Day …

Margherita Missoni: The unofficial face of the Missoni Dynasty has never met a knit she didn’t like but it’s her cool touches – a turban here, a red lip there – that make the look hers.

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 Name drop these brands …

  • Isabel Marant
  • Missoni
  • Dries von Noten
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Style cheatsheet – Avant Garde

Displaying an affinity for the innovative and experimental, those who sport an avant garde look are automatically deemed more interesting than everyone else in the room.

Back in the day

Isabella Blow – the legendary British editor, who discovered Alexander McQueen, was almost never spotted without some form of giant, face obscuring headgear.

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Present Day

Daphne Guinness – The eccentric beer heiress gravitates towards dramatic pieces … even when it comes to her hairstyle.

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Name drop these brands …

  • Alaxander McQueen
  • Comme des Garcons
  • Meadham Kirchhoff

Style cheatsheet – Minimalist

The most enduring look to come out of the 90s, you’ll look impossibly and effortlessly  cool when decked out in clean lines and stark silhouettes espoused by this group.

Back in the day

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy – Carolyn’s timeless, effortless style consisted of well tailored seperates along with the perfect arm candy, her hubbie John F. Kennedy, Jr.

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Present Day

Ashley Olsen – In direct contrast to her maximalist twin, Ashley is all about classic American sportswear, playing with proportion and texture to great effect.

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Name drop these names:

  • Calvin Klein
  • Celine
  • Jil Sander

Style cheatsheet – Street

Only the clueless will dare mess with you when togged out in cult meets catwalk pieces that capture the edgy, downtown cool spirit of streetwear.

Back in the day.

TLC – A monochromatic palette is key to making this look work without appearing too costume-y.

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Present Day:

Together with her BFF – Cara Delevingne as well as Rihanna, Rita is bringing streetwear back to the forefront of fashion.

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Name drop these brands…

  • Stussy
  • Supreme
  • Obey

Buy Now, Wear Forever #4

The LBD

All hail Coco Chanel and the sartorial saviour that is the little black dress. There’s no occasion it refuses to shine for – morning (cue Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, munching pastries and coffee out front of Tiffany’s) or evening. The LBD packs ridiculous amounts of personality in all it’s forms, boxy shifts, flirty A-line, strapless, bodycon … you name it. And boy is it versatile, everyone from Jackie Onassis to the slick haired back up singers in Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love clip (well worth You Tube-ing) has given it a fashion moment. Whether you fall for one cut from demure lace, just made for high tea with the girls, or a leather mini dress begging for cocktails this weekend, it’s the universal symbol of confident chic – think Lady Di stepping out in the media dubbed “revenge dress”, or the one and only Debbie Harry rocking out on stage. LBD is fashion code for “I’m awesome, and you and everyone else should know it”. Plus, Kate Moss has been turning to it for decades, which makes it the defining piece of everlasting cool.

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Kate Moss proves that the little black dress works time and time again.

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Buy Now, Wear Forever #3

The Leather Jacket

There’s something almost life changing about slipping on your first. It gives you a newfound fierceness – and you don’t have to be a hardcore hipster to pull one off. Cases in point: when good girl Sandy from Grease threw a loaned motorcycle jacket over her boob tube to steal Danny Zuko’s heart, or Uma’s turn as a butt kicking action hero thanks to that yellow biker in Kill Bill. Designers have made tweaks in recent years – Balmain gave it sharp shoulders and Burberry cinched it with a belt, but the original straight cut refuses to lose it’s edge. Craving an update? Try treated leather to give it that worn in look, a smattering of studs and spikes for a rock ‘n’ roll rebel vibe (see Lady Gaga’s telephone vid and Sienna’s punk effort at the Met Gala). One thing that won’t change is the snug fit, which looks hot on off duty models and civilians alike. Shrug it on over a slouchy T-shirt and dark denim and you’ll feel street style snap worthy, guaranteed.

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Buy Now, Wear Forever #2

The White Shirt

It’s as chic fitted as it is oversized (read: nicked from his closet). Patti Smith canonized the Great White androgynous appeal by slinging suspenders over it on the cover of her Horses album – a baton carried for this generation by a dungaree-clad Alexa Clung and Man Repeller blogger Leandra Medine. And who says Tom Cruise is the only one who can make it work sans pants? Jennifer Anniston looked smoking in a white shirt and not much else on the cover of Vanity Fair. But you don’t have to borrow from the boys – tied in a knot with a hint of skin, the white shirt is all out sexy, paired with cut offs, it’s no wonder Johnny snatched Baby from the corner. If stiff cotton is too prim, try silk – perfect for nailing an effortless “half tuck” without the bulk. Fashion’s ultimate multi tasker can do red carpet glam one minute (Sharon Stone’s Gap shirt and satin maxi combo at the ’98 Oscars is proof of that) and daytime minimalism the next. Just ask Jill Sander – she’d be lost without it.

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