Why Blake Lively Is Not ‘The Jackie O. Of Our Time’

There’s very little in the world of fashion terminology that you could call Draconian. After all, how many times a day do you swap “line” for “collection”? But the one lexicographic distinction that we here at Styleite are always going to follow is the one that exists between “style icon” and “style star.”

And why? Because people like Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman like to give people like Blake Lively just a smidge too much credit sometimes, and we feel the need — nay, the responsibility — to rein crap like that in.

In a recent interview with Hollywood Life, Daman said that Lively’s personal style and affinity for wearing clothes that flatter her shape make her a style icon. And not just any old icon, but one on par with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who was arguably one of the most stylish women the world has ever had the pleasure of knowing.

“Blake is in her 20’s and has a hot body, she’s a teen icon of high fashion and we haven’t really seen something like it, she’s like the Jackie O of her time,” Daman said.

While there is no doubting that Lively is a well-dressed, lovely and talented young woman, no one who actually thinks about it carefully would dare compare her to Jackie O, and for a great multitude of reasons which we will sum up quickly by saying this: Lively hasn’t earned it yet.

She may have a Louboutin named after her, but Lively just turned 23 and the most world-changing thing she’s done is landing on the cover of Vogue a few times in the same year.

We love her style, we love her grace and we love her show — we watch every week! But we aren’t ready to call Lively an icon just because she regularly wears really great dresses. To reach Jackie O’s level, she’s going to have to embody the spirit of what it means to be young in the second decade of the new millennium, which is effectively what Onassis did for her time. As far as we can tell, Lively just hasn’t done that yet.

[Via Hollywood Life]

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