T.S. Elliot once said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out who far one can go” and given the current state of the world, only those who go further than the rest will break away from the pack. With the closing of ‘Savage Beauty’ a tribute exhibit to late designer Lee Alexander McQueen held at the Met in New York City, my mind started to obsesses about how risk-taking can affect fashion. Risk-taking is all about knowing one’s own voice and following that voice to where it takes you, without placing great (if any) importance on how others react. In a world where most people just want to belong to something larger than themselves and following celebrity fashion trends is the subject matter of way too many weeklies and television shows, being a fashion risk taker is harder said than done. Luckily for the world, there are two ladies who know their fashion voice like they know the back of their hands and do not hesitate for even one second in expressing their individuality. These ladies inspire me, sometimes stump me in their decision making process, but more than anything, they always make me smile. Allow me to share with you my favorite risk-taking looks by Anna Dello Russo and Daphne Guinness.
Anna Dello Russo
The editor in chief of Vogue Nippon (that’s Japan people), Anna’s style has changed over the years from simple and clean (think Calvin Klein) to embrace the more obscure and statement making fashion pieces by Balenciaga and Prada. You can always count on Anna to make a look her own with the use of accessories. She could represent a major challenge to Kate to rein on the fascinator thrown as she never lets an opportunity to show her love for fruit on her head go by:
You may recognize the last name as you see it staring back at you when tipping the aluminum can back to get every last drop of dark beer. Yes, Daphne is heiress to the Guinness fortune, but she has also become one of the biggest fashion risk takers out there. Unlike Anna who takes more commercial fashion and adds her own voice to create an original look, Daphne pretty much goes off the rails and goes further out than most (sorry Gaga fans, Guinness embraced some of the crazy fashion pieces way before the Mother Monster). In fact, it seems McQueen was directly referring to Guinness when he said, “I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.” Mission accomplished Lee.
A recent study done by the British Psychological Society shows that women often take more risks than men. Apparently, the fairer sex still has less opportunity than their manly counterparts do on a professional and financial basis, and therefore, are more willing to take on risk in order to gain notice and advancement. Ladies, I guarantee if you take any one single fashion lead from the above, not only will you be noticed, but probably also remembered by pretty much anyone who sees you (please refrain from taking and smashing the cameras of those who take pictures. Street fashion bloggers are everywhere).