Do Tell: Who are your style icons?

I was so impressed by the number of people who answered the question in last week’s installment of “Do Tell” featuring your signature fragrance. I’m inspired to go out and try a few new perfumes! This week, we turn our focus to style icons, both past and present. Whose style do you most admire? Is there someone from a different era that you turn to for inspiration? Which present day fashionista inspires you the most?

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{Classic Style Icons Clockwise from Top Left: Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jackie Onassis, Coco Chanel, Katharine Hepburn, and Rita Hayworth}


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{Modern Style Icons Clockwise from Top Left: Kate Moss, Olivia Palermo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Blake Lively, Diane Kruger}

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  1. When I was a fashion baby (back in high school), my style icon was Princess Diana. I had a book of her outfits and tried to copy them for myself including the hats. That lead me to the Laura Ashley brand which I wore a lot of in college. As I got older, I branched out to a few more inspirations. Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Marlo Thomas (as That Girl). Current icon inspiration comes from Kate Spade, Deborah Lloyd and Zooey Deschanel. At my age, I think that most of my style comes from within because I have filled up my mind with lovely images so I can now reproduce what I see in my head.

    Fun question!

  2. I would have to say that on any given day–any of these various ladies are my style icons. I tend to lean towards Jackie O. and Audrey, and then my modern day icon would be Miss Palermo!

  3. Good question! For the past I would most identify with Grace Kelly, who to me epitomzied classic elegance in a low key way, femnine and full of grace and dignity, is how I think of her and how she looked and presente herself in public.
    For a modern icon…would go with Gwenyth Paltrow who likes classic things with a twist and whose public persona I identify with, I also like Anne Hathaways personal style, again elegant, with a twist, but she always has a wonderful composure about herself and that just adds to allure of her personal style.

  4. I love love love Posh… sorry she didn’t make it onto your list. I look to her for high fashion. Gwyneth is a no-brainer… refined, elegant, with the perfect balance of uptown and downtown. But for me, Rachael Bilson FTW! She is just so cute and has the best street style going. I am such a sucker for those paparazzi photos of her.

  5. then- Jackie O., Audrey Hepburn, Bianca Jagger, Edie Sedgewick, Babe Paley

    now- Kate Moss, Rachel Zoe, the Paris Vogue ladies past and present- both Emmanuelle Alt and Carine Roitfeld, Olivia Palmero, Diane Von Furstenberg and my fabulous boss….Ms. Trina Turk 🙂

  6. Then: Mrs. Robinson (from the Graduate), Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Jackie O, and Sharon Stone (as Catherine Trammel in Basic Instinct – to die for wardrobe!)

    Now: Gywneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, MK Olsen, and Lapo Elkann.

  7. Audrey. Always! For modern style, I always like to see what Victoria Beckham is wearing, even though I don’t “dress up” as often as she does.

  8. Then – Bianca Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, + Katharine Hepburn

    Now – Kate Middleton, Kate Hudson, Kate Moss, + Kate Beckinsale…did we cover all the Kates there? Ha! I also love Elle Mcpherson and Karen over at

  9. I think for “then” I’d say Jackie O (love a good trench and simple dress), Lauren Bacall and Kate Hepburn.

    For now, I really admire Olivia Palermo and Reese Witherspoon’s style. The first for when I want to feel more polished and “Manhattan” and the second for when I want something a little more relaxed.

  10. For overall style and elegance, I would have to say my grandmother. (Believe me, she was stunning
    Currently finding lots of fashion inspiration from Olivia Palermo. I pretty much love everything she wears, very chic. Have you seen the Tibi ads? Gorgeous.

  11. I love Aerin Lauder’s class and style. She’s stunning but understated and always fashionable to a tee. Natural beauty is a rare thing these days and La Lauder comes across as gracious and completely confident.
    Cheers, Alcira