I have a girl crush. I’ve never been one to have style icons. I’ve never even liked the term. It’s so freely used nowadays that it has lost its true connotation. I have even become reluctant in using it to refer to those who truly defined it, except maybe in the case of Marlene Dietrich. Of course there is a myriad of actresses and writers and artists whom I have been admiring for years, but when it comes to my personal style, in all its complexity, it is my mother and my friends where I seek inspiration the most. And India Hicks.
You always notice the person wearing a great shirt.
A classic that, for me, holds just as much appeal
as a great pair of jeans. Shirt Stories is about others
who feel the same, women and men, and who wear it well,
and about the makers set out to perfect this timeless piece.
I had the honour to interview India some years ago and she has remained a great influence on me. Mother of five, designer, author, model, marathon runner, entrepreneur – she started her own brand in 2015, having previously (including at the time of our interview) worked in collaboration with various companies, and her business model is truly a revelation. But it’s more than that that I admire about India so much.
It’s the way she lives her life. She is a free spirit. She has fun with life. She lives by her own rules. She takes risks. She was not afraid to eschew her royal (and design royalty) heritage and follow her own path. She is the kind of person who takes her work seriously, but who doesn’t take herself too seriously. She loves handwriting and has her own line of stationery. She has a way with words and a fantastic sense of humour – her stories always have an uplifting effect on me. She makes fashion on her own terms. And, yes, she’s got the looks, and she doesn’t wear make-up, and she’s got style in spades, too.
Just look at the right photo above pictured with her daughter, Domino (named after a James Bond character no less). She looks better than a Ralph Lauren campaign (that’s the way to wear a plaid shirt!). And I would not be surprised if she did wear Ralph Lauren in that photograph. She used to be a model for the brand and she names the designer her absolute favourite, because his clothes fit her like a glove – shouldn’t this be a guideline for every woman, to wear only what fits you best?
photos: 1,2,4-6:India Hicks / 3-Pottery Barn