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 love Brigitte Bardot photographed behind the scenes of her film 'Il Disprezzo' We love Brigitte Bardot photographed behind the scenes of her film ‘Il Disprezzo’

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

 Designer: Kym Ellery Designer: Kym Ellery

“My all time favourite beauty icon is David Bowie.  The transformations throughout his various persona’s is nothing short of genius.”

 Beauty Icon: David Bowie Beauty Icon: David Bowie

Alexandra Smart, Ginger & Smart

 Designer: Alexander Smart Designer: Alexander 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.”

 Beauty Icon:Carine Roitfeld Beauty Icon:Carine Roitfeld

Genevieve Smart, Ginger & Smart

 Designer: Genevieve Smart Designer: Genevieve Smart

“Lou Doillon. So French- done but undone. Love her total insouciance.”

 Beauty Icon: Lou Doillon Beauty Icon: Lou Doillon

Liberty Watson, Watson x Watson

 Designer: Liberty Watson Designer: Liberty 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.”

 Beauty Icon: Brigitte Bardot Beauty Icon: Brigitte Bardot

Somer Watson, Watson x Watson

 Designer: Somer Watson Designer: Somer 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.”

 Beauty Icon: Freja Beha Erichsen Beauty Icon: Freja Beha Erichsen

Jennifer McCloy, Jennifer Kate

 Designer: Jennifer McCloy Designer: Jennifer McCloy

“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.”

 Beauty Icon: Jane Birkin Beauty Icon: Jane Birkin

Camilla Freeman-Topper,  Camilla and Marc

 Designer: Camilla Freeman-Topper Designer: Camilla Freeman-Topper

“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.”

 Beauty Icon: Bianca Jagger Beauty Icon: Bianca Jagger

Who’s your beauty icon? Do you have one? We’d love to hear from you!

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