Many actresses are well-dressed and stylish. However, very few have the ability to become trend setters and make an everlasting mark on fashion. These are the actresses who with their unique style have managed to influence millions of people's fashion choice, while of course, looking incredibly stylish doing it. Without further ado, here are 12 celebrities, whose style will inspire you:
Bardot is widely regarded to be the biggest fashion icon in the history of cinema. With her countless contributions to fashion such as popularizing the Bardot neckline (a wide open neck that exposes both shoulders), the bikini swimming suit, the choucroute hairstyle (reminiscent of a beehive), as well as gingham clothes. It is easy to see why this French actress became an international fashion icon and her reputation remains strong even today.
Arguably the most beautiful woman of all time (whoever is willing to argue please send them my way), Audrey Hepburn is another actress who has made immense contributions to fashion. Her collaborations with French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy and Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo have led to the creation of some of the most iconic looks of the 20th century.
The most famous example is probably the little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), designed by Givenchy, which was sold at an auction in 2006 for £467,200. However, what is probably most interesting is that, although Hepburn enjoyed fashion, she did not place much importance on it, preferring casual and comfortable clothes, in spite of her image.
Despite the fact that Kelly's incredibly successful career as an actress was cut short after retiring and marrying Prince Rainier III, her contributions to fashion did not stop with the end of her acting career.
Whether as an Oscar winning actress (she won an award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Country Girl -1954) or as the Princess of Monaco, every fashion choice that was made by Kelly became influential in the fashion industry.
For example, while pregnant with her daughter Caroline in 1956, Kelly was frequently spotted clutching a magnificent leather hand-bag manufactured by Hermès. The purse (which was likely a protection from the paparazzi to avoid seeing her pregnant) became an expensive status symbol, which is known as the Kelly Bag.
Apart from winning both an Academy (Best Actress in a Leading Role for La ciociara -1960) and a Grammy award, Sophia Loren is also an international fashion icon, as well as a sex symbol. Popular for her curly hairstyle, the use of eyeglasses and for being able to always look stylish from the 1950s to today, this Italian actress has truly earned her place as an icon.
It is hardly a surprise that the greatest actress of all time, four-time Academy Award winner for Best Actress - Katharine Hepburn has made her mark on fashion. Fiercely independent and very private about her personal life, Hepburn refused to accept the expectations that Hollywood and society had of women and she often wore trousers (often combining them with sharp-collared shirts and blazers) before it was fashionable for women to do so.
Very few actresses have had as distinctive looks or as glamorous a lifestyle as Elizabeth Taylor. For example, she had a passion for jewelry and at her death, Taylor's jewelry collection was worth around $150 million. In addition, she helped helped popularize Valentino and Halston's designs and in the 1980s Schering-Plough developed violet contact lenses, which were inspired by her.
Last but not least, Elizabeth Taylor was very business-savvy. For instance, she launched her House of Taylor fragrance line at a time when celebrity perfumes weren't popular at all. The first fragrance (which was called Passion) was launched in 1988, followed by White Diamonds, which is still one of the top selling celebrity fragrances of all time and has generated over $1 billion in its over 20-year history.
Joan Collins is most well-known for the role of the glamorous Alexis Carrington Colby on the TV show Dynasty (1981-1989). However, off-screen her love for high fashion is just the same as that of her famous character.
Despite the fact that she is now in her 80s, her magnificent style has not faded away and her use of tight jackets, padded shoulders (which make the waist appear smaller) and skirts, remain just as iconic.
A lot has been said about Marilyn Monroe and it's still not enough. In spite of not being one of the most talented actresses, her signature style and image has made her a fashion icon, as well as a sex symbol, who is still idolized today. Her love for the color red, short hair and the ability to embrace the natural way that she looked (and not complicate it with too many pieces of clothing) made her a superstar, who is still very popular to this day.
Not only is Cate Blanchett a two-time Academy Award winner, but she also always manages to look incredibly smart. Blanchett knows how to get the best out of every outfit and is fiercely loyal to her favorite luxury labels, such as Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Armani Prive.
Diane Kruger's background as a model certainly helps us understand why she has become such a fashion icon. Over the past 10 years, she has managed to stay fashionable by experimenting with many styles, while still looking awesome.
Marion Cotillard is well-known for her vintage, 1920s look. However, she actually looks fabulous by using any style that she wants. She is famous for minimalist (preferably monochromatic) outfits, bold prints, red lipstick and black dresses, as well as for being the face of Dior's "Lady Dior" advertising campaign.
Over the past two decades, Angelina Jolie has established herself as the leading modern female fashion icon in Hollywood. Her transformation from a gothic teen queen to a Hollywood heavyweight and a UN ambassador has definitely been executed in style.
There you have it, these are my choices! How about you, who is your favorite fashion icon?