Sophia Loren: Fashion Icon of the World

Marilyn, Audrey, Ava and Sophia. What do all these women have in common? Sufficient to say that all  you need is to hear their first name to automatically paint a picture in your mind of who they are. They each are famous icons of Fashion, legends in their time and admired worldwide for decades for their talent and style. When you think of Italy you think delicious pasta dishes, savory wine, the colosseum and Sophia Loren.

Sophia was born (Sofia Scicolone) in 1934 in the city of Rome. For many years, she has been one of the most admired and respected woman in Hollywood with two Oscars under her belt. She was a part of the elite in the golden era of Old Hollywood and was at the head of the pack when it came to bombshells and beauties. Considered a sex goddess in her country and worldwide she has lit up the screen in movies like “Arabesque”, “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” and “El Cid” among many others. With killer curves, Sophia has always been confident, exotic, sexy and elegant all at once. She knew how to dress and work her voluptuous figure and did it with great style. She took fashion risks, wore bold eye makeup, red lips and on many occasions changed her hair color. At the age of 72 she was invited to pose in lingerie for the famous Pirelli Calendar. Now at age 78 she is an International gem and still a woman that makes headlines for her timeless beauty and stunning red carpet looks. So to all the One Style at a Time readers I ask, has Sophia Loren been one of your fashion icons? If not, who do you hold as inspiration?

“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.” 

Sophia Loren claims that her legendary looks are but a “unity of many irregularities” 

 “I used to change my hair color almost every day…one day I would be a redhead, the next a blonde and finally a brunette.”

“Style must be adapted to the woman and not vice versa. The same can be said of clothes.” 
“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” 

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
― Sophia Loren

“I wear glasses and I consider them a fashion accessory” 

On a slight personal noteToday, as I celebrate a special milestone Birthday, I wanted to reference a woman who I personally feel is one of the biggest legends of style. Not only was she one of my mother’s favorite’s from the 50’s era but a woman that stands the test of time with her sophistication. She is by far at the top of my list of fashion legends and has aged like the finest Italian wines. Cheers!