Style Icon: Paloma Picasso

 

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Paloma Picasso in Verona, 1971. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

The photograph above is the first image I ever saw of Paloma Picasso. At that time, I did not know who this elusive woman was – especially the weight of her surname. However, I was immediately enthralled by her effortlessly cool appeal that contrasted with such bold dressing.

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Picasso in her home in Verona, 1971. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

After some research, I came to know the woman in the photograph as Paloma Picasso: jewelry and fragrance designer, as well as daughter of Pablo Picasso. It became apparent that this collected air to her remained constant throughout photographs.

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Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1973.
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Polaroid by Andy Warhol, 1974.

Picasso’s style is unarguably influenced by the work of her father – as she is often seen wearing bold colors, geometric prints, and a careful play with proportion (i.e oversized jewelry). The curious mixture of modest 1940s vintage pieces, high contrast colors, and daring accessories certainly makes Picasso’s way of dressing itself a work of art.

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Picasso in her studio, March 23, 1971.
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Picasso at the wedding of Loulou de la Falaise and Thadée Klossovski, 1978.

This brilliant style piqued the interest of Yves Saint Laurent, who used Picasso as a muse for his controversial 1971 “Libération” or “Scandal” Collection. Picasso also designed accessories for Yves Saint Laurent in the early 1970s.

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Picasso wearing Yves Saint Laurent, photographed by Helmut Newton, 1992.

Paloma Picasso can teach all of us to dress more courageously, as long as we remain in the realm of balance and truth.

-MB

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Picasso photographed by Helmut Newton, 1983.

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