The Man Repeller, Iris Apfel, Diana Vreeland, and Anna Dello Russo and Frida Kahlo.
These are the five women who are soley responsible for my personal style and aesthetic. They are all diva queens in their own little way rocking big personality, an independence that cannot be tamed and so much color ontop of color they could put a rainbow to shame.
The Man Repeller, real name Leandra Medine. She is the exact opposite of her self proclaimed title “The Man Repeller”. She exudes sex appeal in the most unconventional way. On her blog she does her part to educate on everything from harem pants to overalls. Where to get them, how to wear them and ultimately why they have the power to do their duty and man repel. She touches on the unpredictable and over the top New York fashion scene with a scence of humor that is sure to do everything but repel followers and fans alike.
Iris Apfel, another native New Yorker, was not only born in queens but has also managed to become the queen … of accessories that is! The now 92 year old fashion icon has had a career and life so bright and full of eccentric endeavors and style moments, they cannot be summed up in a single paragraph, but still I have to try. The subject of many documentaries, Iris wears elephant jewelry as big as her black rimmed glasses and smiles with a red lip that not only exudes individuality but rather defines it. She has truly created an eclectic style all her own, that most fashionistas can only hope to achieve.
Diana Vreeland is most known to the general public for coining the phrase “the eye must travel” but, for those girls who would rather buy Vogue then dinner, (as Carrie Bradshaw would say “I just felt it fed me more”) she is oh so much more. Starting at Harper’s Bazaar and ending at Vogue she not only took the fashion and publishing industry by storm but also found a way to keep true to herself and by doing so created articles and put together magazines that could relate to real women on a personal level. Vreeland has become one of the most adored editors and fashion icons of all time.
Anna Dello Russo is one of those women who’s so bad that she eventually becomes good again. Currently Editor At Large and Creative Director of Vogue Japan, Anna has no problem defending her title without even saying a word (although when she does speak it sounds more like a train wreck and less like english) I hate her so much that I love her. Her overwhelming sense of bravery and fabulosness still is not enough to outshine her “right off the runway and onto the streets I’m a bad ass bitch” looks. If you haven’t followed Russo’s blog before then do yourself a favor and start. For better or for worse you will not be able to keep your eyes off of her.
Last but definitely not least, the love of my life, Frida Kahlo. This women was a mexican painter and had an aesthetic unlike anyone I’ve ever seen. Her back story told in the book The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo; A Novel, reveals that her dramatic and tumultuous life including her physical ailments and steamy relationship with Muralist Diego Rivera in fact, is what shaped her into the remarkable specimen she is known for being today. In so little words she was once described as “…one of history’s grand divas…a tequila-slamming, dirty joke-telling smoker, bi-sexual that hobbled about her bohemian barrio in lavish indigenous dress and threw festive dinner parties for the likes of Leon Trotsky, poet Pablo Neruda, Nelson Rockefeller, and her on-again, off-again husband, muralist Diego Rivera.” She pulls off this Latina chola sex appeal in such a way that it makes me weak in the knees. Her style cannot ever be replicated as it was her authenticity that made her beauty palpable. Today Frida Kahlo’s work sells for more then any other female artist. She once described herself as “a ribbon around a bomb”. She is perfect.