Lez face it: sometimes lesbians could use a helping hand in the fashion department. For some reason the ethic of indifference in regard to one’s style has come to be perceived as a sense of style. “Queer,” in a particular “subversive” discourse, is idealized as a kind of shirking of self-care. Style, in this capacity, is solely reactionary—and, arguably, not wholly authentic to one’s self.
There’s no need for a Coco Chanel type of bravado—“I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.”—or an aesthetically melodramatic Wildean self-fashioning—“One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.” Simply put, personal style is a manifestation of one’s self in and through culture.
In 2014 and the recent past, are a handful of lesbian and queer women who have stepped forward as style icons, primarily through the conscious crafting of one’s self.
Here are a list of our 7 style icons of 2014. And, it’s not just the clothes that make the lesbian. From Cara Delevigne’s seductively assertive eyebrows to Robin Roberts‘ vibrant smile, each woman’s unique women’s fashion sense speaks to various aspects of their individual being.
Cara Delevingne — Fashion’s Tomboy-Femme
AzMarie Livingston — The Androgynous Top Modelvia Listal
Speaking to AfterEllen two years ago, Livingston—who may or may not still be “So Raven”—described her fashion style as uninhibited: “I shop all around honestly. Any where from Top Man, Zara, Out of the Closet to boutiques and even Target sometimes…. I shop in the women’s section a bit more now for my vests or leather jackets and I shop in the men’s section for my skinnies, tanks, tops and accessories. Even my shoes are both men and women’s sizes….”
Kristen Kish — The Consistently Coiffed Top Chef
Top Chef winner Kristen Kish, who recently came out on Instagram, appeared cool in the “quick fire” kitchen. Her style, when out of her chef’s uniform, portrayed this sense of calm: sophisticated and tailored, but not overdone. Hair coiffed and tattoos ablaze, Kish told the Improper Bostonian that she’d lose her cool, and her clothes, if required: “I’m not really good at seduction, but I guess if you’re going to do it, you should cook naked.”