Fashion Risk Takers
Fashion Risk Takers
She is blessed with the voluptuousnessthat marked great screen sirens of thepast. Johansson doesn?t hide it, rathershe revels in playing with nostalgia. Anddespite the trend toward subduedsensuality, she always goes right to thebest of what?s sexy in current collections.
At left: Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana
She’s a sly one, that Posh.Know why? Because she’s inon the joke. She knowswhat you were expecting,which makes surprising youchild’s play. Now, aren’tthose pants fab. And don’tyou wish you had that chictop. So who laughs best?
At left: Beckham in a bustier by Ana Sekularac; jeans and cummerbund by DVB by Victoria Beckham.
Just when you think you haveher pegged, Madonna gleefullythrows a curve, rendering allassumptions about her false.Now she?s the English countrygentlewoman, right? Does thislook like what you?d wear tosmell the heather on the moor?
At left: Madonna in Chanel Haute Couture
Obviously no one ever told her the rules:On a big night borrow big rocks, don?twear prints, and paint on a full face.Designers adore Sevigny because herchoices appear more personal thanunusual. Like all women with enviablestyle, she dresses to please herself.
At left: Sevigny in vintage Yves Saint Laurent
Her look is almost too off-kilter to be that of a star’s.Then why do we keep watching? Because Gyllenhaalrepeatedly exudes elegance with unforeseen choices,like this checked, beaded smock and pegged silk wrappants. On her, it’s so right. On you? Well, why not try it.
At left: Gyllenhaal in Proenza Schouler
Cate the Great is not conventionallybeautiful-just fiercely bewitching.Consequently, it?s only naturalthat she goes from one end of thestyle spectrum to the other, seekingbold designs that can stand up to-and radiantly reflect-the powerof her personality.
At left: Blanchett in Jil Sander
Her androgynous appeal is unsettlingyet singularly captivating. So it?s notsurprising that Swinton is fashion?s fierceadventuress. Extravagant embroidery,radical silhouettes, nervy asymmetry-no choice is too extreme. And she never apologizes for making any of them.
At left: Swinton in Dior Haute Couture
A zebra-striped pantsuit over a lacycamisole at her age? You bet! She?llshow up to a luncheon with a fresh,makeup-free face, then have yardsof leopard-print chiffon behind her thatnight. We wish more women had halfher carefree nerve and giddy verve.
At left: Stone in Dior
With that smile, she could wearmen's pajamas and we?d swoon.Keaton delights in layers of richlytextured fabric and adores greattailoring. She says she prefers beingas covered as possible, often optingfor gloves. So for her this all-whiteensemble is fairly risque.
At left: Keaton in Ralph Lauren Collection