Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Grace Kelly Style Inspires Designers; Her Pearls, Her Ladylike Coats and Dresses and, of Course, Her Bag. If You're Looking for a Wardrobe That's Fad Resistant, You Can't Find Better Than Grace Kelly. Sarah Green Asks Some of Toowoomba's Fashionable about the Staying Power of Grace Kelly's Style

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Grace Kelly Style Inspires Designers; Her Pearls, Her Ladylike Coats and Dresses and, of Course, Her Bag. If You're Looking for a Wardrobe That's Fad Resistant, You Can't Find Better Than Grace Kelly. Sarah Green Asks Some of Toowoomba's Fashionable about the Staying Power of Grace Kelly's Style

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Byline: Sarah Green sarahb @thechronicle.com.au

"GRACE Kelly style" is a well-used phrase signifying incomparable beauty and a style that is chic, timeless and lady like.

Fashion designers today still try to harness her innate sense of style.

Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen, Michael Kors, Vera Wang and Ralph Lauren are just some that cite her as a fashion icon.

Marie Rider, from Prudence Fashion House in Toowoomba, said Grace Kelly's style was timeless and elegant.

"She lived a fairytale life as a princess in a palace," she said.

"Grace, a befitting name, for a woman with poise and well-designed beautiful clothing.

"A 'lady' will always be revered."

In a scene from the 1956 High Society, Grace Kelly wears a white halter swimsuit and pushes a model sailboat into a swimming pool, her head cocked to the side, eyes shining.

It's a serene moment and one that captures the patrician beauty of the Oscar-winning actress-turned-princess, who married Prince Rainier III of Monaco that year and left Hollywood to become Princess Grace of Monaco.

With her swept-back blonde waves, splash of lipstick, model-perfect face and demure stature, Kelly was a muse to couture houses such as Dior and Givenchy. Kelly died in 1982 at age 52, yet 27 years later she continues to inspire designers with her elegant style.

NB Style manager Sonya De Wit can remember watching that scene and consequently purchasing a swimsuit to mimic the icon.

"She started many a trend," Sonya said.

"I remember that swimsuit. I actually went and bought a halter-neck swimsuit.

"Everyone wanted that look."

Grace Kelly was honoured last week with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award in Beverly Hills, along with French jeweller Cartier.

They join past honorees including Manolo Blahnik, Tom Ford, Donatella Versace and Giorgio Armani.

The event comes just after Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee chaired the Princess Grace Foundation-USA's Princess Grace Awards Gala in New York City, with awards presented to artists in dance, theatre and film.

Hilfiger, who wrote the forward to 2007's tribute book Grace Kelly: A Life in Pictures (Pavilion), noted how Kelly's look in High Society broke her out from the pack, exemplified by a cinched-in white wedding dress with sheer, blouse sleeves. …

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