Not everyone can be a style maven, but who
doesn’t appreciate those who can blend the trendy with classics,
We tapped a few
of Milwaukee’s finest style minds to see who they admire when it
comes to iconic style. Their choices ranged from the eclectic to the
electric, politics to the art scene, and the runway to the red carpet.
owner of Molloy’s in Fox Point, is all about simple, strong looks
that define the person. "You have to wear it, it shouldn’t wear
you," she says of fashion. Molloy points to veteran actresses
Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon as examples of women who flaunt
such verve. "They always choose things that are appropriate for
them, not necessarily following a style," she says.
fashion designer Carolina Herrera to the list, too, for her boldly
feminine sensibilities on and off the runway. Molloy says their
fashion sense reflects personal taste and not what’s fashionable for
the moment. "That’s what I enjoy about them most," she
says. "Whatever they select, suits them."
style expert and blogger, dug into the archives to find her icon: Andy
Warhol’s muse Edie Sedgwick.
While her name
may have faded from the headlines, the late actress/model’s face —
with the pouty lips and pixie cut — was often the focus of Warhol’s
was wiry and uninhibited. And Dechambre calls her the
"epitome" of glamour. "Whether she was wearing a mod
shift dress, opaque black tights and ballet flats, a boy-meets-girl
newsboy cap with her signature shoulder-grazing chandelier earrings,
or an ultra-glam statement fur coat, she wasn’t afraid to be the
center of attention," she says.
socialite died in 1971, but her spirited style didn’t. "You’ll
still find gals imitating this Warhol muse’s iconic style, complete
with charcoal-rimmed eyes, plush fake eyelashes and blonde pixie
cuts," Dechambre adds. "Her style was a reflection of her
yearning for and celebration of the glamorous 1960s New York party
First Lady of
beauty consultant Florida Perry Smith went all the way to the White
House for inspiration. Smith says it’s first lady Michelle Obama
whose look is top-notch in her book.
Obama’s style relatable and approachable. Moreover, she says she
appreciates her fashionable mix from designers ranging from Jason Wu
and Michael Kors to Zac Posen and Tracy Reese, and that she finds ways
to make retail brands like J. Crew look chic.
high-powered personality, Obama doesn’t shy away from the trendy,
either. "She’s not afraid of wearing brights, prints and
lace," Smith adds. "She has a great spin on wearing flats
and cardigans, and she loves her belts and jewelry. She sets the tone
for the world to say that you can wear what you want."
Patti Aversa of
the upscale Aversa clothier in Bayshore Town Center says there’s no
one person who defines iconic style for her. "Certain women
throughout the decades have had a great sense of style and
influence," she says, sure to include the likes of Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis and Julia Roberts on such a list. "No matter the
age of the woman, she always has a way about her when she’s dressed
in a classic manner."
But Aversa says
the ’80s marked a defining moment in fashion, when designers like
Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Armani inspired a generation to look
their best. "They were pretty influential," she says.
"They all stayed true to themselves and kept a piece of ‘tailored-ness’
throughout the years."
Sticking to that
formula works in retail, too. "That’s what we do in our stores.
It’s not so much about mimicking someone else," Aversa insists.
"I think fashion is how women interpret it. Everyone has their