WHAT IS PANACHE?

“GREAT STYLE HAS NO SIZE, AGE OR PRICE TAG.”

Jean LeFebvre

panache (pa násh’) noun
A stylish, original and very confident way of doing things that makes people admire you!
from mid-16th century. Via French< Italian pennacchio “plume of feathers” < Latin pinna “feather”

Anyone can follow fashion but the most important element of ongoing, outstanding style is knowledge of yourself. All persons of great style from Cary Grant to Katherine Hepburn, from Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez to Hugh Jackman and Will Smith have known this. They dress to tell the story of who they are while withholding enough to make you want to know more. These celebrities, and their professional stylists, know that a person must have a relevant and consistent message across their entire wardrobe that allows for wit, humor and some quirks of personality to keep their audiences interested. In fact, all the world is a stage for us to play the parts we choose.

I believe that style is fearless, using fashion and its trends but never used by it. To develop and refine your personal presentation even beyond style gives you Panache. A main ingredient is a joy for life and an appreciation for style in everything you do. Panache has nothing to do with money but it has loads to do with training your eye to appreciate the details of objects, especially in the arts and in clothing. It can certainly be acquired, but some are born with it. Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Helen Mirren come to mind as does Cate Blanchett. Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and Geoffrey Hines had Panache – Who could dance like they could? In the rain, on the ceiling and up the walls!

But fame has as little to do with Panache as money. Walk the streets of Paris or Milan or Hong Kong and you will see Panache everywhere, just start looking. It doesn’t matter whether you are in the age group to appreciate Advanced Style or you enjoy the sharp looks from Farfetch or maybe vintage is what calls to you – from the 1950’s or the 1890’s. Take a dare to become original and express yourself. There is so much sartorial sameness and fitting in and looking like one just doesn’t care about life at all. The world could do with lots more humor, style and some of your Panache!

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