Carmen Dell”Orefice by Tim Petersen
Have you ever wondered where your style or personal taste comes from? Why some of us like Chanel over Pucci or boho chic versus twin-set and pearls?
Do you think there is a fashion gene? I have pondered over this many-a-time.
I was born annoying when it comes to what I wear. Whilst my sisters never went the fashion route I drove my mother to distraction. As a four year old I insisted on my own tricky fashion combinations (which I am sure she got plenty of laughs out of) and if she only knew that was just the beginning.
As a 16 year old I threw the odd (?) tantrum about what I wanted to buy, had my hair cut razor sharp like Gloria Swanson covering half of my face and insisted on knitting my own skirts and accessories. When my friends get their knickers in a knot about their kids haircuts I am on the kids side – I have been there and cut that! Its just a little personal taste no?
I have a hat obsession, a scarf obsession, a fabric obsession and dream of living my life in a warm place (yes its winter in Paris again) floating around in caftan with cocktail rings on at all hours! Chicca Boom.
I proudly boast that I have never owned a pair of trackpants and will go to my grave with a flower in my hair!
I love women who dress. I see them everyday on the streets of Paris no matter what age. A great coat, a fabulous hair-cut, a lick of eyeliner and a wonderful lip colour. Last night whilst waiting for my falafel there was one such 70 year old women in the queue who looked amazing with all the above boxes ticked and a hat perched on her head at an angle.. I was in love!
Though once I stalked Australia’s best shops I am now more thrifty, I joke that I am sponsored by Zara and all the fabulous vintage stores in the Marais.
What makes us love beads over pearls? The 60’s over the 50’s? Beach hair over an up-do? Where does our fashion gene come from? Dear sweet Aunty Bertha? Is it passed down the DNA chain like blonde hair?
Although I would love to be one of those elegant women who wear beige or greige I am always reaching for the colour!
One thing I know is this, I love women with their own style whatever that maybe. I give extra points to those women who have broken the 60 barrier and still rock-their-look! Ladies never give up your look..
This is a collection of some of my favourite fashion icons, I love them and their style because it is profoundly them!
What’s your style? Are you more Carmen Dell’Orefice or Kate Moss? Iris Apfel or Audrey Hepburn?
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn. Gore Vidal
PS: This will be of the many subjects discussed at my portrait workshop Picture This January 7,8,9 in Sydney 2012. JUST ONE PLACE LEFT