This week the always elegant Josephine of Chic At Any Age is hosting Fashion Flash. She is one of those rare women that looks effortlessly chic whether she is relaxing in the sun or attending a concert at Albert Hall. I tend to stare at these women trying to deconstruct what they did to look so good. When I discovered Chic At Any Age it was like the Rosetta Stone for style. She explains the reasons behind her fashion choices in a way that I adapt her ideas to my style isues. If you’re already a fan you know what I mean. If Chic At Any Age is new to you, you will have a lot of fun drilling down into her archives for beautiful, wearable fashion ideas.
When I think of icons, I think of unique, famous people. But this time, icons refer to those items of clothing that carry their own fame and legend. Well known Vogue writer Dodie Kazanjian does an up close and personl experence with style icons that include Manulo Blahnik shoes, the Chanel suit, the Armani jacket and the Kelly bag. She braves the elite of the elite stores to try on and select a legendary piece of fashion history.
As she chronicles her journey to actually be able to acquire each piece ( there are waiting lists for $3000 bags!), she spins out the back story behind them. For example, she details the extraordinary features that are in each Chanel jacket, and that the big Hermes bag that Grace Kelly used to hide her pregnency from photographers was there after known as the Kelly. My favorite chapter chronicles her search for the perfect Little Black Dress. Fashion editors are forever recommending the LBD as a fashion staple, but no one has ever actually described how hard it is to find the perfect one. Most designers seem to create for that ubiquitous freakishly tall blonde with 4% body fat. Ms Kaszanjian is 5 feet, 2 inches with a wonderful mane of curly dark hair. Her journey through one shouldered, feather trimmed, ruffled and cut out black dresses is so relatable that I was chuckling as I read the piece. The fact that in the end she walked away empty handed, made me love this book even more.