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London has it’s fair share of style icons and it’s incredibly difficult to pick just one for the city which boasts some of the most diverse fashion styles in the world. Of course, there is Kate Moss. She is known the world over as a fashion icon with millions emulating her style, so much so that she has successfully made the transition from model to designer. But for me, she is too obvious a choice. London needs a rebellious, wild youngster who breaks the rules. Enter Daisy Lowe.
Daisy Lowe’s fashion star has been steadily rising since her first Vogue Italia shoot in early 2006. With campaigns for Louis Vuitton and Marc by Marc Jacobs as well as editorials for the likes of Vogue Italia, W Magazine, Instyle and Nylon, she has proven herself to be a true fashion darling. Her rock and roll heritage gives her a natural edge over her peers, effortless attitude and the kind of confidence you can’t fake.
Although her signature look is a quirky, understated chic take on grunge, Daisy can also pull off red carpet glamour like a pro. But it’s her off duty looks I love the most, as she’s not afraid to mix it up and take risks. Beaten up high tops and leggings one day, prim and proper white tights with mary-janes the next, both extremes pulled off with rock chick style with aplomb. I think Vivienne Westwood best summed her up when she said; 'She's a bombshell…she looks super sexy all the time. She's one of those lucky girls who never needs to try to be anything other than herself.
Lysa Cooper is the stylist who introduced to the world of European labels and couture. I believe that’s where her true passion for fashion started then Mariel Haenn came on board and helped her grow and develop a look that’s like no one else out there. In addition Mariel is also a designer, so even if what they want isn't in the store, they can have it made. Gone is the tomboy we met in Pon De Replay and the girly girl in SOS. The Rihanna we have now is so hard and so sexy. She is lucky to have been blessed with two amazing stylists, I admire the work both stylists have done with Rihanna as well as their other clients. I think her musical success means that the label give her a bigger buying budget for appearances and promo, therefore it’s slightly easier to get creative. Her musical success and model like proportions also mean that brands will be more open to working with her because they know that their pieces will be look amazing on her and they'll get international exposure. Lady Gaga definitely has people talking again and excited about seeing life shows. She’s a brilliant entertainer and very talented, plus no one else looks like her right now. She’s like a modern Madonna. I know that Gaga is very hands on when it comes to her wardrobe selection and also how she wants to look. In the beginning she was going out and buying pieces herself and customising them herself too. So now it must be easier for her to have a stylist that gets her vision and evolve it for her – which means she can focus on the music and performance side, which is how it should be.Janice Spence, founder and editor of Mad News.
What do you think? Are I think that Lady GaGa has made a huge impact on the industry because to many she's original and brings the fun and wierdness back in to pop music. She creates a buzz. As for Rihanna, I don't think she's made much of an impact musically. I think the situation with former boyfriend Chris Brown has made more of an impact. In today's music industry I would say that it is more about image than singing talent. All you need is a pretty face, a nice figure and a top class stylist, make-up artist and hairdresser. When Island Def Jam signed Rihanna they were only interested in her looks and figure. They knew she couldn't sing a lick but that didn't matter. They used "studio magic" to make her vocals sound half way decent and brought in the best production teams and song writers to create the illusion of talent. The same can also be said for Ciara, Ashanti, Christina Milian and even Keri Hilson. and Lady Gaga great music artists or just brilliant clothes horses?
When I think of my New York style icon, I flash back to 1985, when New York magazine dubbed Sally Randall “the downtown demimonde’s girl of the minute.” The article portrayed Sally as a new Edie Sedgwick, with all of the glamour, greater ambition and without a propensity to nod off and set the Chelsea Hotel on fire. While Sally was flitting around Manhattan, I was growing up in Mahwah, N.J., with two goals: to become a journalist and live in New York. I diligently read the New York Times to prepare for journalism, but I spent more time poring over publications that covered the downtown club scene, including Details, the Village Voice and the East Village Eye.
Sally was the doorman at the club called the Palladium. She was also an artist, writer, singer, actor, model, party promoter and designer. She had drag queen style, with winged eyeliner, huge hoop earrings, Rockette leotard, gold platform shoes, tall velvet turbans, silver spandex, body paint, and wigs of all colors, including white. To this day, I see Lady Gaga in certain looks and think, “Sally Randall.”
I made it to New York in 1986. I made it to the Palladium (though Sally was long gone) and I even made it as a journalist for over a decade. Now I’m a jewelry designer. A few months ago, I teamed up with other designers for a sale. Among the participants were the Brungers, a husband and wife who do knitwear. The Brungers are Andrew and Sally…Sally Randall Brunger. A journalist turns into a jeweler and an It girl turns into a knit girl. You never know what’s going to happen to you in New York City.