It’s almost like branding.
Women not necessarily known for their beauty, although several for their talent, have one-upped the great beauties of their generations. They have created themselves in an image of such indelibly individual style that without one picture on this post we can close our eyes and visualize their look.
It seems to me — and I’m waiting for your contradictions regarding those whom I do not know or have forgotten — no one does this better than the French. Although, with the charmingly eccentric panache of the English, surely one can find some examples on the other end of the Chunnel.
A Roman nose; sharply chiseled cheekbones; a regal baring; orange-y red hair; white blonde hair;raven black hair; crimson lipstick; dark glasses; glasses full stop; no jewelry; tons of jewelry; the same hairstyle throughout their lives (with the slightest of tweaks, but not with the color ever) — these are women who have turned style into personality. Or is it the reverse?
Each has made herself unforgettable by making herself individual — no follow the leader here. They decided early on they didn’t want to be anyone but themselves.
From the top: Loulou de la Falaise, Diane von Furstenberg, Andrée Putman; Chantal Thomass, Sonia Rykiel, Betty Catroux and Paloma Picasso.