Twitter-views: Personal Style Muses

Saturday, April 11, 2009

above: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde

Fashion designers have their muses, often lithe, young society women who inspire collections and act as label ambassadors. In an analogous sense, I have my own personal "style muses": figures who have left an indelible impression on the way I dress. Here's a list of my top five.

1. My mother in the 70s: She wasn't afraid of splashy print dresses and scarlet red trench coats. My sister and I raided her closet in high school, when we were both mad for vintage.

2. Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde: I like to think that my winter berets are reminiscent of the ones she wore in the movie.

3. Catherine Deneuve: From The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, where she stole my heart in her early 60s dresses and matching hair ribbons to her present day fabulous YSL.

4. Tilda Swinton: Tilda Swinton can be a bit of a chameleon as an actress (c.f. Orlando and Female Perversions). Her wardrobe involves labels that fashion insiders love. A true risk taker.

5. Sofia Coppola: She may not be a conventional beauty, but Sofia has perfected a "bobo" subtly luxurious style that makes a girl want to buy a closet of ballet flats and knee length skirts.

Here's what some stylish Twitter people had to say about the matter:

@FriendlyMonster: Bjork. She's constantly pushing the envelope and not afraid to wear what she wants, even when it's more than ridiculous.

@fashion_fille: emannuelle alt, alexa chung, mka, rumi, gala, karla

@_Lavida_: a few personal style muses for me-Marlene Dietrich, Debbie Harry, Madonna in the 80s, Gwen Stefani....

@ten10things: Kate Moss, Nicole Ritchie and Lauren Hutton (I like that she's in her '60's, yet still uber hip).

@fairykikka: Emmanuelle Alt, Jane Birkin, Erin Wasson, Nicole Richie..

@Kathy_Writer: My style muses to-date: Many! Audrey Hepburn, Jaclyn Smith (hair); Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, Lucy Liu...

@Kathy_Writer: And how could I leave out Alexa Chung and Natalie Portman as my fashion muses?

@BradshawsCloset: Style muses: Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Bette Davis

@DFTVYP: Anna Karina and Jane Birkin... and Diane Keaton circa "Annie Hall"

@wicked_halo: style muses on a nutshell: Debbie Harry, Cate Blanchett, Audrey Hepburn, Karen O.

@juicyincouture: Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe etc

@GauriPendse: My fashion muse these days is Rachel Bilson. She has such an effortless and classy style.

@clutch_22: Don't forget Becki Newton, or should I say her character, Amanda from Ugly Betty. Love!

I'm thinking about making these "Twitterviews," a part of the regular lineup. If you'd like to participate in the future, please follow me here:!

And you? Who are your personal style muses?


Anonymous said...


tenthings. said...

Great question Dream Sequins and fun answers...

No complaints about weather here today. ;)

Carlotta said...

I love this post!! keep on asking on twitter is a great way to make this kind of "survey" /btw I'm fairykikka)
Happy Easter :-)

AsianCajuns said...

Oh I loooove faye dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde and Chinatown- definitely inspiring.

Dream Sequins said...

Anon: Thanks for visiting. Wah to you? :)

tenthings: I'm so glad you could participate! I was really inspired when I read all these great answers.

Carlotta: Twitter is such an amazing resource, isn't it?

AsianCajuns: Of course. How could I forget Faye in Chinatown? Love her.

setyourselfonfire said...

Oh i love this idea for a post! So interesting to read! My style muse is Ashley Olsen. And sometimes Alexa Chung.

Modelizer said...

Finally a non-annoying use for twitter?

Personal style icon is Uncle Karl [lagerfeld] I don't know what it is, but I wish I could dress like him daily. And darn it, I try my best to at least one day a week!

Modelizer said...

Oh and back to your CK shoes comment. I SO AGREE. It's so refreshing to something that didn't just come out of a sex shop. I love that look but it's been overdone. And leave it to the folks at CK to remind us what heels used to look like with a current/timely twist.

Helen Cox said...

So many awesome style muses...I am honoured to be quoted in there. Twitter views is such a good idea for a regular feature and lets face it, us tweeps just love to give our opinion...on anything! haha

fashiongrail said...

Great post! My personal fave is Rachel Zoe.

jordana said...

Now I have a great post to reference when I need inspiration! Yay! Thanks for quoting me!

Dream Sequins said...

setyourselfonfire: Thanks for stopping by! Oh I adore the Olsen twins. Ashley is classic.

Modelizer: I wish I could see your Karl inspired outfits. Would that entail fingerless gloves and awesome shades? :)

Helen: Thanks so much for participating! I'm pretty surprised that you didn't choose an SATC inspired muse ;) But Bette Davis is amazing!

fashiongrail: Thanks for stopping by! Rachel Zoe cracks me up. She's so tiny and she swans around in caftans and giant shades. But love how she incorporates vintage into her wardrobe.

jordana: Yay. Thanks for participating! I love Becki Newton, too. I once spotted her at brunch in Brooklyn and did a double take. Very pretty in person, but virtually unrecognizable without her Ugly Betty wardrobe :)

Jesspgh said...

Ooh so many great answers in here!! I adore Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour, Umbrellas, and just about everything else.

Dream Sequins said...

Jess: I'm glad you liked it! Catherine Deneuve is so elegant. Love her!

Audrwey said...

@Jeans_Stilettos: my muse are Audrey Hepburn, Nicole Richie and Rihanna.

Audrwey from Jeans & Stilettos


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