Each year, International Women's Day offers an opportunity to honor the impact made by ladies past and present. And though women have long fostered advances in every form, there will always be those who inspire us through style. Style icons are those who break barriers, who are not afraid to take risks and break convention - rules to be followed in all aspects of life. Here, we look at 5 inspirational women who have defined the fashion industry throughout the years and will remain relevant for decades to come.
1. Brigitte Bardot
The temptress of St Tropez,
Brigitte Bardot was an icon in fashion for millions of women - being just as famous for her film roles as for her style. She was propelled into the spotlight after the 1953 film Un Acte D’Amour
where her killer curves and feminine sexuality led to her cult following and iconic reputation. BB’s style defined the 1960’s fashion forever with messy up-dos and a perfectly un-perfect fringe still so sought-after.
2. Kate Moss
Kate Moss; model, muse and icon. With a stellar modelling career and notorious style, Kate has attracted an extremely passionate following in comparisons to other icons of the past and present. Her carefree ‘rock and roll’ attitude and classic 90's style made her one of the most famous models in the world and style icon for millions. Kate Moss is synonymous with various standout ensembles from the naked dress, festival uniform to skinny scarves.
3. Naomi Campbell
Hailed as one of the biggest “international style influencers and supermodels” Naomi Campbell is a hallmark of British fashion. Known for her bold off-duty style and a killer red carpet look Naomi epitomises chic. Alongside bestie Katie Moss, Naomi inspired a whole generation of nineties women. She is unapologetically fiery and never plays by the rules, particularly when she turned up to her community service in a floor-length metallic Dolce & Gabbana dress.
4. Christy Turlington
A star whose career has spanned decades, Christy stays as relevant as ever thanks to her epic runway work and iconic moments in Vogue. Christy currently opts for elegance over trends and advocates the less-is-more fashion philosophy which creates her timeless style. However, this has not always been the case, the 80’s and 90’s supermodel donned some statement looks over the years with epic streetwear get-ups and effortlessly cool red carpet fits.
5. Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo is a modern style icon frequently found on the best-dressed lists. Finding fame from MTV’s The City and standing out with her impeccable uptown style, Olivia is now a style icon for many. Olivia always wows when attending big events and knows how to incorporate high street buys into a chic look.