At WSd every day is about empowering women, but Thursday was dedicated to celebrating the female force thanks to International Women’s Day. Although social media can often be a negative and somewhat scary space, this week its proved its worth thanks to the #PressforProgress campaign which catalysed a global momentum of girl power. It’s no coincidence that the V&A chose International Women’s Day to announce a forthcoming exhibition dedicated to Frida Khalo, one of Mexico’s greatest artists and as Harper’s Bazaar describes, “a boundary-smashing, progressive, feminist figurehead”. The exhibition, which opens in June this year, will offer “a fresh perspective on Kahlo’s compelling life story through her most intimate personal belongings” and will uncover how this pioneering woman constructed her identity through clothes. So in celebration of a style icon, this week’s blog is inspired by the enduring fashion legacy of Kahlo…
Like Kahlo’s art, her clothing was full of colour and many of her self-portraits feature her in traditional Mexican dress with fresh flowers woven through her jet-black hair. Follow Frida’s desire to live boldly and channel the Rue de Femme Aline dress, which makes a statement thanks to its vibrant red colour and eclectic print. Kahlo was bold and usually wore more than one powerful piece at a time so take cue and build your outfit fearlessly by adding a Frida trademark in the form of tassel earrings from Lual or Lotus Jewellery.
Offering a contemporary take on Kahlo’s self portraits, Gina Potter’s print captures the legendary features of the iconic figure, from the dark mono brow that challenged feminine beauty ideals to the full red lips doused in Revlon’s “Everything’s Rosy”. Hang above your dressing table to inspire you to be your own kind of beautiful.
Channel Frida’s Mexican heritage with a cactus print tee from new brand on the WSd block, Second Female. The cactus is one of the most prominent elements of the natural world in Mexican history and alongside an eagle, forms the centrepiece of the Mexican flag. Plus cacti are totally having a moment right now. Combining a leafy shade of green with dusky print, this off duty essential is the perfect base for your fave blazer, denim and kicks.
Just like her art, Frida’s outfits were carefully curated and every one of her iconic looks encapsulates her desire to dress with purpose. Style a la our Izzy and wear the Rude de Femme ‘Femme’ tee with pride paired with the Mos Mosh Sumner in cherry bomb red to show your daring girl power.
Frida Kahlo is just one of the many inspirational women who initiated the girl power revolution and lived her life without limitations or boundaries. Follow her mantra to be fearless, daring and independent because as she once said, “feet, what do I need them for when I have wings to fly?”