As Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia reaches a frenzied crescendo and social media feeds go into monotonous-meltdown, we thought it reasonable to go back to the very beginning: the inspiration behind a look. The muse.
We asked six Australian designers which beauty icons they look to – both on and off the runway. From eclectic influencers like David Bowie to the debonair Brigitte Bardot, these style pioneers knew the foundations of striking beauty and continue to influence us today.
Story by Sigourney.
Kym Ellery, Ellery
“My all time favourite beauty icon is David Bowie. The transformations throughout his various persona’s is nothing short of genius.”
Alexandra Smart, Ginger & Smart
“Carine Roitfeld epitomises ageless beauty and confidence. She expresses herself creatively through her magazine and work with luxury brands but keeps a very sexy, androgynous look for herself.”
Genevieve Smart, Ginger & Smart
“Lou Doillon. So French- done but undone. Love her total insouciance.”
Liberty Watson, Watson x Watson
“My beauty icon is Brigitte Bardot. I love her Blonde Bombshell look, luscious locks and effortlessly sexy, defined eyes. The heavy lash gives her a flirtatious fun feel which is the same look we are going for with our models on our MBFWA.”
Somer Watson, Watson x Watson
“I've always been inspired by a natural-model-off-duty-look, no one does it better than the likes of Daria, or Freja Beha Erichsen.”
Jennifer McCloy, Jennifer Kate
“Jane Birkin would have to be one of my favourite beauty icons. All of her looks were so natural and easy. I always think, ‘less is more’…remember the elegance in simplicity.”
Camilla Freeman-Topper, Camilla and Marc
“Bianca Jagger. Not only did she personify 70's glamour with her bold and striking look, but she is a strong and intelligent woman who advocates for human rights.”