Saturday, March 17, 2012

Style Icon: Olivia Palermo

Well, you guys, you can't blame me. She's one of the Fashion world's most favourite fashionistas out there. She's an icon, a trend-setter and she distincts herself from the rest.

Yes, people, bring on Fashion Icon of the 21st century #2, here she is, she's made the list. Should have made it sooner really, but I still have a lot to learn about the Fashion Industry and people and Designers and styles and trends... and I like to take my time. To analyse and decide what, for me, goes and what doesn't. I'm coming from a very art and design background so I look at Fashion more as a culmination of function, aesthetics and creativity.

I really ramble don't I? On with the post, now. 

The first photo of Olivia Palermo that I've found and instantly loved. I cherished this photo, I saved it and probably looked at, used in posts and admired to death. It's the one from Stockholm Street Style where she 's wearing this gorgeous lace dress. It was a time were I was literally obsessed with lace. 

Here it is! The gorgeousness.

At the time, I didn't know who this 'Olivia Palermo' was (Shame!), but I've grown a lot since (LOL) and I now know her for her sense of style, how she amalgamates stuff ("stuff"? Here I am trying to sound all informed and knowledgeable and I consciously squeeze in the word "stuff") and how she manages to create such superb outfits with so seemingly different items. Her styling is impeccable, and most of all, she seems like the person who experiments. The person who experiments with different prints in one outfit (cue leopard shoes/floral trousers outfit featured in this post) and wears many a different colours with not even the excuse of colour blocking. And still makes it work.

Photos from here and here

See what I mean? In the first outfit above she's wearing multitudes of items all in different colours and it still looks put together and assembled. My guess would be that it's because the colours are all warm colours, for example, and so they do not contrast in such a harsh way, which would have probably made them hard to pull off. Needless to say, she's got the eye. There is a fine, very fine line between something that's daring and something that clashes too much with regards to aesthetic value. The trick is learning how to be a good judge, and knowing what you personally can pull off and what you can't. Every person is different, and practice makes perfect- that's the best way to learn.

Photos from here and here

There are quite a few tips and tricks you are able to pick up when you follow someone's sense of style and outfit combinations. For example, thanks to Olivia Palermo's outfits and my obsession with street style/what people are wearing (also, I remember outfits. You can ask my friends; I can easily recall what they were wearing on a particular occasion. Quite annoying, I suppose, hah.), I have learned a lot on styling and that very fine line I mentioned earlier. I like that fine line, threading on it and swaying over it, but in general I try to avoid falling over on the wrong side.

The thing I wanted to point out before I started babbling was her yellow shoes in the first outfit above. Note  the way she paired neutral colours- grey, black, white- with a pop of colour. That's definitely something I'll try out.

Photos from here and here

Photos from here and here

Olivia Palermo is the one who, to me, proved that an outfit can have different, unexpected elements, but with the right doses and the correct composition, it will still look good. If you're unsure of something, ask for opinions and be open  to critique. You can learn a lot from this. I'm not saying you should accept everything people tell you, just consider it. Different people are able to point out perspectives which you wouldn't have noticed. 

If you want to see more of Olivia's outfits, do check out my Tumblr. I'll be posting some pictures of her that I've found in my research.

You'll definitely be seeing more of these Style Icon posts. For one, I love doing them, and you readers seemed to have liked my other one on Abbey Lee Kershaw, too.

Have a great Weekend :) x


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