Miista Style Heroines of 2016
In memory of Franca, our heroine. 1950-2016
2016 has been different to other years. For a lot of people it has been a difficult and turbulent year. The refugee crisis across Europe, the deep divisions in British and American society revealed by the Brexit referendum and the Presidential election, the rise of the far right in central Europe, the list goes on...
The horrific events which seemed to come week after week – be it the murder of British MP Jo Cox, or the worst ever mass shooting on American soil in Orlando.
The world is a mess and if we're going to discuss the Style Heroines it must resonate not only with the fashion scene but with what is happening all around us.
Style is more than just putting on a white T-shirt and desert boots.
If someone's style inspired you to have a new bag, it's fine.
These are the small dreams. Below are four women of 2016 that dream bigger.
We're with them.
Meet our first Style Heroine, Menswear Designer: Grace Wallace Bonner. At only 25 she has already received a British Fashion Award for her SS17 collection.
Her personal style is merging her catwalk designs with;
1. Fine tailoring
3. Monochrome colours
In an interview with DIS MAGAZINE Wales Bonner said: "Fashion seems to be where most daring ideas about identity start to translate and then be interpreted into more mainstream ideas, so I think it’s really good that people are challenging ideas about what a man can be and look like."
I admire how she blends inspirations from Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe into perfectly tailored outfits. Her style feels profoundly personal—which is why I find it so relatable. Wonder if I could pull off her spin on the dandy..
Helen Marten is a sculptor that has won the 2016 Turner Prize for her 'junk' sculptures but there is absolutely nothing trashy about her style.
Helen's installation is made from coins, cotton buds, eggs and... shoe soles.
Yet her personal style is very simple and consists of:
1. Colour - blocking
3. Androgynous shapes
I'm impressed by the complexity of the work, juxtaposed with her choice of clothes.
With her cropped blonde hair and dandyish spectacles with thick tortoiseshell frames, Helen has a humble aura about her. She cleverly puts together her outfits with the nod to her own style heroes including Andy Warhol.
Today's edit features the most inspiring style heroes of the year but Franca Sozzani found her style long time before 2016. It's strong and interesting.
Franca is an editor for Vogue Italia but you may find her personal style slightly more adventurous than Anna Wintour's.
It is difficult to put a finger on her styling but you were to describe it in three words, you may come up with;
2. Muted colours
3. Mixing old & new
Her outfits are well thought out but Franca herself is kind of a beautiful mess. When interviewed she's not afraid to show up with damp hair and her scruffy office does not reflect the put-together vibe you'd suspect from the editor-in-chief of Vogue.
For Sozzani style isn't about statement but rather recording the times. So that later on you can say, "OK, this was really the 2020s". Funny enough, she refuses to wear clothes in the season they're designed for. She has shown more than once that the quiet lady of fashion has a voice.
This was a voice that in 2011 almost undermined all the work in the Black Issue with an online accessories shoot entitled Slave Earrings..
When interviewed in Telegraph she stated 'Sometimes, when I look back, I think I am crazy. But when you see that you have made wrong, you just have to go on, to try again.'
Great piece of advice you could apply both to wardrobe and life.
You may already know our last style heroin: Linda Rodin:
She's a New Yorker with the strong sense of style. Her CV includes: styling, working for Harper's Bazaar, modelling and creating an anti-aging beauty line RODIN. All at an age where most of us thinks a career path is set in stone.
Her style is distinctive. It just takes one bold statement while keeping everything else simple:
1. Red lipstick
2. Tinted shades
3. Strict silhouettes
Fun fact: she doesn't own even a single dress. Also, you will never see her flashing bare upper arms, even in the summer.
She's more a dressed-down person: the simpler the better.
In the interview with Leandra Medine she reviled: "don't want to ever be a fraud."
Tinted Glasses? She cannot see without them and was simply tired of swapping prescription glasses with the sun shades so she combined these two.
White hair? She never dyed them, Rodin started to get grey hair after turning 35 and just kept it this way.
What really resonates with us about this is that it's not only her style choices that are honest, it's her way of living. She has never been married but was engaged four times yet she just said to herself: Marriage? I don't thing so. She had great time with the people she was in relationship with, but it was never something she got on board with. She's a loner. And a very stylish one, may we add.
The fashion lesson to take from this is:
What ties these women together is the internal value they 'wear'.
Nothing will explain it better than the case of Patti Smith. The musician uttered her apologies to the audience gathered at the annual awards dinner in Stockholm on Saturday. Overwhelmed with nerves and the fact that she was performing to honour Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize for Literature.
The poet and iconic artist stayed humble and said:
“I’m sorry. Could we start that section, I apologise. Sorry, I’m so nervous”
She matches her inner beauty with her outer style proving her title.