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Unlikely Style Icon: Prince In “Purple Rain” Does A Frilly Shirt Proud

There’s really only one man who can get away with wearing a blouse, and that’s Mr. Purple Rain himself, Prince. Nearly 30 years after “Purple Rain” debuted, Prince is still killing it style-wise, and the recent Twitter convert’s music is still as relevant and sexy as ever. Seriously, did you hear his new track, “BreakfastMore »


Unlikely Style Inspiration: Dorothy Parker, On The Occasion Of Her Birthday

Today is Dorothy Parker’s birthday. A poet, critic, screenwriter and satirist, Parker made a name for herself by writingly darkly witty and vicious essays and poems. She began her career as a journalist, writing for outlets like Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, before coming into her own as a poet and author. And eventually moved… More »


Unlikely Style Icon: Oceanographer (And Man Of Style) Jacques Cousteau

The other day when we were looking at Dead Sexy Guys, we realized that Jacques Cousteau — in addition to being an absolute sea life genius — was actually a pretty stylish gentleman. After all, he inspired the costuming in “The Life Aquatic” and he was able to carry off wearing a red knit cap… More »


Unlikely Style Icon: Faye Dunaway In “Bonnie And Clyde”

Faye Dunaway is one of the world’s all-time beauties. And Faye Dunaway in “Bonnie and Clyde” is absolutely beyond belief. Faye’s gap-tooth gorgeousness is put to good use in the rollicking bang-em-up, and the styling in the film is through the roof. Costume designer Theodora van Runkle earned an Oscar nomination for her work on… More »


Unlikely Style Icon: Bjork

Yeah, everybody knows Bjork for her wackadoodle swan dress she wore to the 2001 Oscars, but there’s so much more to her.Take this outfit she wore to the Webby Awards earlier this week — a futuristic Iris Van Herpen dress paired with wild multi-colored locks. It’s totally not something that most of us could wear,… More »


Unlikely Style Inspiration: Liv Tyler In “Empire Records”

This past weekend, I watched the classic ’90s movie “Empire Records,” which follows a day in the life of an independent record store and all of its employees (indie records stores, remember those?). Over the course of the film, one girl (Robin Tunney from “The Craft”) tries to commit suicide and shaves her head, another… More »


Unlikely Style Icon: Lol From “This is England ’86”

Last week I watched “This is England ’86,” the follow up mini-series to the 2006 film “This is England,” about a crew of non-racist skinhead kids in England in the 1980s. Starring the same group of relative unknown featured in the original film, “This is England ’86” centers on the story of Lol, a young… More »


Unlikely Style Icon: Ms. Frizzle From “The Magic Schoolbus”

Growing up, The Magic Schoolbus was one of my favorite series of books and TV shows. While my school’s budget was slashed to the point where our class field trips consisted of walking outside and looking for bugs in parking lot mud puddles, Ms. Frizzle was using her magic schoolbus to launch her class into… More »


Unlikely Style Icon: The Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling

Recognize these women? They’re the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, better known as G.L.O.W. — the female counterpart to the WWE. We happen to think they have incredible style — and we’re pretty sure American Apparel agrees. After all, they seem to have built an entire scantily-clad empire by biting G.L.O.W.’s look. If you want to… More »


Unlikely Style Inspiration: “Roseanne”

I went to the University of Hawaii for a semester during my junior year of college. I had a room with an inexplicably king-sized bed and a panoramic view of the ocean. There was a farmer’s market down the street that sold fresh pineapples and papayas. I ate shaved ice for breakfast and sweet bread… More »


Unlikely Style Icon(s): Simon And Garfunkel

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel made undeniably beautiful music together

French Sailor’s Shirt, $29.50, L.L.Bean
Soft Knit Blazer, $69.99, J.Crew
Fisherman’s Cap, $33, San Diego Hat Company
Cuffed Jeans, $36, Kohls

 

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Unlikely Style Icon: Yoko Ono

Look, she may or may not have broken up The Beatles, but one thing is undeniable: Yoko Ono has amazing personal style. When she and John Lennon were together, Yoko’s style killed it. And even now, she doesn’t seem to leave the house without a totally cool hat and jacket combo. But we really covet… More »


Unlikely Style Icon: Jane Goodall

I grew up in a very primate-centric household. My mom was part of a team at the Oregon Zoo in the 1970s that taught sign language to chimpanzees, and my dad worked as a vet tech for 30 years, taking care of all different kinds of monkeys. My parents would often refer to the relationships… More »