Olivia Palermo has come a long way since her days on MTV reality show The City. The American socialite has gone from working in PR, to being a regular on the FROW and an international style icon in her own right. Love her or hate her (who can forget how she treated poor Whitney!), there’s no denying the girl has impeccable style. Whether Olivia is posing on the red carpet or out and about with her equally stylish other half Johannes Huebl, she always looks pulled together and polished.
Olivia has a timeless, classic look and has stated Old Hollywood stars Ava Gardner and Ingrid Berman as her fashion inspirations. She is known for mixing high-end with high-street and is a big fan of Zara and Topshop, which is great news for mere mortals like us who want to re-create her look. I love how she manages to make high street pieces look so expensive.
Olivia now runs her own fashion website oliviapalermo.com.
Get Olivia’s look: 1) Embellished jacket, TOPSHOP, £85. 2) Cream cami, TOPSHOP, £18. 3) Statement necklace, Miss Selfridge, £15. 4) Black blazer, River Island, £55. 5) Cream structured bag, Zara, £149. 6) Heels, ASOS, £45. 7) Embellished ballet flats, Zara, £39.99. 8) Black leather look dress, River Island, £35. 9) Blue skinny jeans, Miss Selfridge, £36
Actress, model, singer, activist – Brigitte Bardot had it all. With big eyes, pouty lips and messy blonde hair, she became a sex symbol in the 60’s and it wasn’t just her looks that caught the world’s attention.
Brigitte Bardot’s style captured the spirit of the French Riviera. She encompassed that je ne sais quoi that makes French girls so elegant and effortlessly chic. She often wore denim jeans, Beat Generation-style coats, Breton stripe tops and ballet flats. Brigitte made the choucroute hairstyle popular and also inspired the “bardot” style neckline, a wide neck cut that exposes both shoulders.
Bardot is credited with making St Tropez a desired destination and she revolutionised the way French women wore swimsuits. She starred in many films, but I would recommend watching Le Mépris. The film is based on the Italian novel Il disprezzo and features the amazing Malaparte house on the Isle of Capris, one of the best examples of Italian contemporary architecture.
Bardot is one of my ultimate fashion icons and it’s not hard to see why the femme fatale’s timeless style continues to inspire women today.