Channeling My Inner Jackie O

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The “Fashion Icon Symbol” is awarded with such ease these days that it has lost much of it’s power. It is my honest opinion that few modern women deserve the distinction. Will Alexa Chung’s look be remembered decades from now? Will Kate Moss’s style stand the test of time? However cool and modern our current best-dressed crop may be, theirs is a transitory fashion charm; an of-the-moment allure that burns bright but is fast forgotten.

“Forever frozen in time as the look she was wearing on the day her husband, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Jackie’s pink Chanel tweed bouclé suit has become a piece of fashion history.”

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There’s Something Sexy About a Woman in a Tuxedo

Known as one of the Paris jet-setters, frequently hitting the night club scene, smoking as many as 150 cigarettes a day, and for being a heavy drinker and cocaine user, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) was one of the most influential couturiers of the 20th century.

YSL is one of my biggest inspirations into the world of fashion, just slightly behind Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld. This amazing French designer, who at the age of 21, found himself as the head designer of the House of Christian Dior, was the first living designer to be given a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983

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Breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel

One of the world’s most admired fashion icons and my biggest fashion inspiration is Audrey Hepburn! Her and I share the same birthday, so this year I wanted to do a special post to celebrate her here on Manhattan Girl. Just like me, Audrey started taking ballet lessons at the young age of five. She was born in Belgium to a Dutch Baroness mother and British father. While studying ballet with Marie Rambert in London, Audrey discovered that her future in ballet was limited due to her height and petite figure. She decided to pursue acting. She started performing on stage, and would act in a few minor roles before her big break came in “The Secret People.”