Annie Hall, super-muse from the mind of the ultimate hipster Woody Allen, is now going to be my 2014 style inspiration. Many women may worship at the temple of fierce that is Beyonce Knowles, but I prefer the ironic shrine to awkwardness and heavy wool, actress Diane Keaton circa 1977. Practical, cheap, warm and stylish – you can’t say fairer than that.
Why Ms Hall? It’s not actually because Keaton appeared at the Golden Globes this week in her trademark borrowed-from-a-boy suit to collect Allen’s Lifetime Achievement Award for him – it’s because of a woman closer to home. As I left work the other night (raining, dark, cold, bleurgh), I put on my cable knit Topshop bobble hat, and I thought to myself, I wish I could wear this hat all the live long day (you can’t, offices frown upon that). I like its chunkiness, the camel colour and the way my fringe sticks out like a boy in the 1970s. And the lady sat next to me said ‘it suits you, you look like Annie Hall.’
Annie’s basics tend to be thus: high-waisted, bell bottom trousers, preferably in a heavy knit beige or grey, a white shirt, ribbed knit sweaters or sleeveless cardigans, a hearty dose of breton stripe and some sort of scholastic satchel. Wind, rain, inevitable snow on the way – bar some soggy trouser-ends, this look is good to go. And this look, with all its practicality, will never date – because it was never cool in the first place. That’s fashion by Woody Allen folks, trendsetting and trendless all at once.
Luckily the high street heard my call:
Who is your style inspiration for 2014? Comment below…