I've never had a real-life style icon -- I think Blair Waldorf's uptight and put-together style is very proper (goodness, I cannot stand sloppiness) and Carrie Bradshaw's designer extravagance is definitely a style that millions of girls strive for (and never achieve), but they're television characters and they are ideals, not reality. Sure, I think Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel, and Dita Von Teese all have beyond admirable style qualities that I want to emulate, but have never thought, "I want to be like her when I grow up," until I noticed the photos of Anna Della Russo, creative director of Vogue Nippon, on The Sartorialist:Without the slouching, though.
To quote one of the comments on the blog:
Fashion world's most over rated virtue: "efortlessness". Anna della russo's style is amazing and her own. The one thing it is NOT is effortless. And that is a good thing! Here is a woman who loves fashion and puts a lot of thought into the way she dresses...I can't dress "effortlessly chic" because I just prefer primping myself up every morning, so I've never been able to find inspiration from the Kate Mosses of the world. I think I've finally found a real-life style icon of my own to admire.