Oh dear, enough of the ranting. I just really don't like Cole or her ilk. I'm such a fussy bitch that it's often easier to list who I'd like to throw to the lions than who I put on a pedestal.
There's so many "ordinary" ladies - blogging or otherwise - out there who are so much more deserving of the Style Icon title. Actually - ignore the ladies bit, there's some amazing men out there too.
Firstly here's Doris - as Calamity Jane, my favourite film as a child (next to Carry On Up The Jungle). She was a tomboy, she ran up hills and sang, didn't brush her hair (til the end and I still loved her) and looked stunning. I really didn't want much else out of life
I grew up with Carry On Films and my hero in those wasn't Babs but Amanda Barrie. She appeared in Carry On Cabby and Carry On Cleo (a film I faked being ill at school for so I could be sent home and could therefore watch it as I couldn't get them music out of my head!)
So cool, so amazing. Posh and world weary in one film, ditsy and glamorous in the other, with hair and make up I wanted to copy
Are any of you fans of E F Bensons Mapp and Lucia books? Oooh I really hope so. I'm a huge fan of the books and the 1980s TV series starring Geraldine McEwan , Prunella Scales and Nigel Hawthorn. Aspiring and devious social climing queen Lucia (McEwan) is so fabulously elegant and stylish, I just drooled with envy at her Art Deco outfits. Sigh, so cool, so elegant.
It wasn't just her clothes, it was her girly tones, her sideways glances and elfine features. Divine.
Here she is out classing the rest of the town:
Another Mapp and Lucia character I love is the obviously lesbian "Quaint" Irene Coles, the pipe smoking artist - whom I can't find any photos of, but here's a great video introduction, Ireney can be seen about 2 mins 40secs in!
It's funny really, because it's often not one specific person who is a style icon. I tend to go for ideas and trends more. From an early age I was introduced to camp humour and gay men have been a massive influence on my entire life. The king of er Queens being Kenneth Williams. Any looks that reflect that saucy humour are ones I've gone for. I even wanted to look like this.....
Back to the girls - Just to finish. Here's one woman rock star snaring machine Pattie Boyd. It's her hair I love more than anything.
this is the dream hair.. the hair shangri-la I always dreamt of.
Another girl with a similar look I just couldn't stop staring at is Francoise Hardy, I've never seen anyone like her, she's so beautiful. (ok Jess and Gib stop getting excited I haven't switched teams)
Ok, just a quick mention of my other darlings:
Lumley - always
Audrey Fforbes Hamilton
Ok, there is an obvious one... Marilyn in Some Like It Hot, my favourite film
and my nan... in this photo mostly.
Who are your influences? Tell me all!
Here's some cheeky innuendo or double entendre or both, I'm never sure