Grace Kelly, one of the most beautiful women who ever was. A classic beauty from Philadelphia who initially struggled to make it as an actress but ended up as Princess of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier in 1956. Her style is famous for its simple elegance and she is used as fashion inspiration to this day with Kelly-esque ensembles walking down runways year after year. Despite the simplicity in her wardrobe, Kelly created trends and acted as a fashion leader so much so that she was named in The International Best Dressed List 1960 and has been ever since.
Kelly with Hitchcock (L) and James Stewart at the premiere of Rear Window.
But let's talk fashion. Crisp cotton shirts, perfectly tailored cropped trousers, tortoiseshell sunglasses, dresses with nipped in waists and modest scooped necklines all worked together to create her effortless elegance. She never had a a hair out of place, looking as neat and perfectly turned out at all times and never in anything that could be considered bad taste.
In a simple shirt dress with her husband Prince Ranier of Monaco.
Working a Pussy Bow blouse in 1955 at The Cannes Film Festival
A slick back bun and lace that echoes her wedding dress.
Grace Kelly championed the bags of Hermes. She was often seen with what is now called the Kelly bag covering her first pregnancy bump. Hermes were delighted and quickly renamed the bag after her. This was the first instance of naming accessories after a famous face but began a series of named bags, such as the more recent Alexa Mulberry satchel after Alexa Chung or Mulberry's Del Ray (Lana Del Ray).
Wearing the same shirt dress from above.
Earlier I mentioned the wedding dress. Anyone who watched the most recent Royal Wedding will have coo'd over Kate Middleton's stunning McQueen gown. There is no doubt in my mind that the design was inspired by Helen Rose's original for the Princess of Monaco. Long lace sleeves, demure neckline and veil, figure flattering waist and a prom style skirt that Kelly was often seen in.
Freshwater Pearl Necklace £85 from John Lewis
Kelly-esque tote bag £35 from Warehouse
Long cream satin gloves £20 Beyond Retro
The shade Grace Kelly actually wore from Estee Lauder ("Princess Grace")
1950s lace evening dress £200 from Rokit Vintage
Tortoiseshell cat eye sunglasses £12 from ASOS
Kelly Brook faux fur coat £69.99 from New Look
Low heeled bejeweled shoes £65 from Office