Lucky magazine editors Kim France and Andrea Linett have teamed up for their second book, “The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own” (Gotham Books, $30, 312 pages), a user-friendly guide to defining and refining your personal style. Editor-in-chief France, 44, says the pair tried to create a tool that will help women figure out their own look by shopping their own closet and “really go out and strategically shop for the look that she wants.”
Talk about inspiration boards. How can they be useful? Everyone in the office does that, even the girls in the beauty department. Andrea has a really amazing board. Each of them put up pictures of women that they feel like personify style to them: models, great photographs of their mothers or aunts.
How did you arrive at the 10 iconic looks? We looked at the ones that stood the test of time. We looked back for photographs of women who did it well and we found enough literal human icons out on the street. It was a gut thing. These were the looks that felt truest to “Lucky.”
How did you select the 22 “Lucky” girls featured in the book? They're a mix of famous and not so famous. We looked around for real women, like Rashida Jones. She dresses herself. With a lot of celebrities, you can't tell what kind of sense of style they have (because they use stylists). … We were looking for that thing, like when you see a woman walking down the street and you say, ‘How does she do it?'
How can you tell the difference between being trapped in a time warp and a classic or iconic look? We all get to still incorporate some of the classics of our youth, but we do have to be careful to pick and choose. We are the result of the eras in which we developed our styles. Take a good, hard look at the closet and at the rest of the world. But, if your time warp makes you happy, who's to say that you have to do anything different – look at Stevie Nicks.
Who are your style icons? I like the way Faye Dunaway dressed in “Network.” Lauren Hutton is the biggest one, in the '70s she was just perfection. She dressed in classic ways, but there was something that was fashiony about it, with a distinction between fashiony and trendy.