6 style icons who broke every fashion rule in the book, and we love them for it


6 style icons who broke every fashion rule in the book, and we love them for it

Rules are meant to be broken

By Shweta Gandhi  December 13th, 2017

Fashion, by its very definition, implies a popular aesthetic that’s favoured by all. Anti-fashion, on the other hand, is far removed from it — with roots in strong, definitive choices, it doesn’t conform to the pre-conceived notions of fashion. Opposing and contradicting in equal measure, it believes in breaking rules, subverting them to support a counter-culture that provides relief from cookie-cutter fashion tropes. 

And that’s exactly what these style icons have implemented in their life — a belief in staying true to their creative selves, no matter how dark that side may be. From 96-year-old Iris Apfel, who doesn’t have a single care to give to leading trends, to 74-year-old Michèle Lamy, whose gothic priestess look makes her one of the most iconic faces at global fashion weeks, explore our list of women who will change the way you perceive fashion.

6 leading ladies whose personal style is truly iconic:

Iris Apfel

From New York influencer to global style icon, 96-year-old Iris Apfel's eccentric aesthetic has become so legendary, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute decided to honour her with a fashion retrospective. Her unique take on mix-and-match is well-known, as is her nonchalant approach to dressing up. "I don’t have any rules about how I dress. It’s not intellectual. It’s all gut," she revealed in an interview. “People call me a rebel, but I’m not. I don’t dress a certain way to attract attention or make a statement, so if someone doesn’t like it, it’s their problem and not mine. I couldn’t care less about statement making or fashion policing.”

Check out the living fashion legend's first-ever Indian fashion shoot here.

Bani J

Bani J, or Lady RocknRolla, as she goes by on Instagram, is not your average Chandigarh girl. She's a girl of grit and determination who isn't afraid to fight her fears — whether it's lifting the heaviest of weights in the gym or performing stunts on the TV show Khatron Ke Khiladi — and her unabashed attitude reflects through her sartorial choices. Experimentation is her answer to life's problems — from trying out every single hair colour possible to oscillating between punk and chic, Bani J has kicked open the box that defined what was acceptable by our societal standards. Map Bani J's fashion journey (as well as her fitness evolution and her love for tattoos) here.

Diane Keaton

American film actress, producer and director, Diane Keaton made power dressing popular even before it was fashionable. Her role in Woody Allen's 1977 movie Annie Hall required her to borrow her wardrobe from the boys, and this style has remained a permanent fixture till date — she is often seen suited up, complete with ties, hats, high-waisted pants and statement belts. Expect the unexpected in terms of accessories from this 71-year-old — pearls are her personal favourite, and she's been rocking heels with socks even before they became a trend. Looking for inspiration on how to style a menswear-inspired look? Allow Diane to help you out.

Catherine Baba

Born in Sydney but a proper Parisian at heart, 75-year-old stylist Catherine Baba has never refrained from showing off her eclectic fashion sense that pays an homage to the '20s and the '30s. Well known in the Parisian fashion circle, Catherine makes it a point to arrive at fashion week on her bicycle that she rides wearing her Yves Saint Laurent heels. "Don’t dare to think about what someone else is going to think about what you’re wearing. You don’t need to be a part of the clone age," Catherine Baba famously said in an interview, and we couldn't agree more. 

Michèle Lamy

Revered as a real eccentric with her gold teeth inset with diamonds and tattooed fingertips, Michèle Lamy's appearance may remind you of a voodoo-practicing witch. With an apparent preference for goth, Michèle —  who is the creative consultant and business partner to her husband Rick Owens' signature line — has established a cult following of her own. But the 74-year-old is quite disillusioned with the state of fashion today. "I have no idea what fashion is now," she said in an interview. "Perhaps it changes with the city, it changes with mood and it changes with the drugs and the music." Needless to say, Michèle makes a case for fearless women who are confident about their identity.