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 one’s self and its expression. 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 yet allows for wit, humor and some quirks of personality to keep their audiences interested.
I believe that style is fearless, using fashion and its trends but never used by it. To develop and refine one’s personal presentation even beyond style gives one Panache. A main ingredient is a joy for life and an appreciation for style in any endeavor. Panache has nothing to do with money but it has loads to do with training one’s 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. Gene Kelly had Panache – Who could dance like he? And in the rain! But fame has as little to do with Panache as money. Walk the streets of Paris or Milan or Hong Kong or view Tommy Ton’s photos and you will see Panache everywhere, just start looking. Take a dare to become original and expressive of 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 a bit more humor, style and some of your Panache!