What is Style?

Some people have it, some people don’t, but what is style exactly? We asked the industry’s biggest movers and shakers to share their thoughts
Thursday , 14 April 2011
Gucci heels
© Gucci heels
Gucci heels
Angelina Jolie
© Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
Sophia and son
© Sophia and son
Sophia and son
Dita Von Teese
© Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese
Kate Moss
© Kate Moss
Kate Moss
Juliette Binoche
© Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
Cuts and Colours
© Cuts and Colours
Cuts and Colours
Marilyn Monroe
© Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe

Detailed Quality

“Gucci heels. From the soft sole to the detailed quality, they ooze style. Every time I put them on, I feel like a movie star.” Emma Lynton, buyer for H&M

Beautiful, strong, confident

“Being stylish is a combination of the way you dress coupled with the ability to wear clothes with confidence. Each person’s style should be a reflection of what’s inside. I admire Angelina Jolie as she is a beautiful, yet strong woman who dresses with grace and poise.” Furne One, Amato Haute Couture

Embracing Womanhood

“Style is about embracing your womanhood with a sense of joy and grace. I remember tearing a beautiful photograph of Sophia Loren and her young son out of a magazine and hanging it in my office. When my son was the same age as hers, I had my husband replicate the picture. I look nothing like Sophia Loren – I’m small, plump and Irish – yet my picture has the same sense of style and poise because the peaceful pride shining in our eyes is the same.” Kate Kerrigan, ex-magazine editor and author of Ellis Island (Pan, Dhs42)

Pure attitude

“Style is not about fashion. It’s about this new attitude that women have. Suffering to be beautiful can’t work. Someone like Dita Von Teese epitomises style.” Christian Louboutin

Individualism, mixed with Charisma

“Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style. While I was studying at Central Saint Martins College in London, I saw Kate Moss in Soho wearing a white shirt and shorts with a black vest. She looked so simple, but so stylish. I was mesmerised by her fashion statement and it felt like an impalpable dream that if I dare to blink my eyes, the fashion moment would quickly dissolve.” Michael Cinto, local fashion designer

Understated elegance

“Style reflects a woman’s personality. I like wearing things that not only look good, but what makes me feel great! The pinnacle of style for me is Juliette Binoche. I adore her understated elegance and natural look.” Zeina El-Dana, MD, Z7 Communications

Cuts and Colours

“It’s not about the latest item, but flattering cuts, colours and accessories. If a woman is both happy and confident in what she is wearing, that to me is style.” Caroline Stanbury, founder of gift-library.com

Knowing what to take off

“It’s about understanding nuance and distinguishing between what flatters and what overwhelms. Often it’s a matter of knowing what to take off, rather than put on! When we think of the most stylish women – Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Lauren Hutton, Kate Moss – it’s the woman herself we think of, not her clothes. Ballerina slippers, prom dresses and safari suits are nothing without the poise and self-awareness of the woman who inhabits them. Marilyn Monroe understood it better than most when she said she wore nothing in bed but Chanel No.5. It doesn’t get more stylish than that.” Karen Swan, ex-Vogue fashion editor and author of Prima Donna (Pan, Dhs42)