She entered the world as Betty Joan Perske in 1924 and within 19 years made a name for herself far outside the boundaries of her native New York. Modeling for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar led to a screen test with Howard Hawks which in turn led to a name change which ultimately resulted in the woman we know as Lauren Bacall taking the silver screen by storm. On-screen and off she had the ability to personify a straight-talking woman who could hold her own with any man while never losing her feminine edge. Her choices in clothing, even today, reflect a steadfast confidence underscored with subtle sexuality. She chooses clothing with clean, elegant lines that compliment her personality, not overshadow it. In the same way, she uses accessories to tie her look together, rather than wearing a statement piece that commands sole attention. She often softens the look of a tailored suit by adding a flower or a bow to it. She is truly a master of the confident-feminine style.
March 7, 2010 at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards
THE ABC’s of FASHION LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAUREN BACALL
1. Accessorize in a way that appears natural and effortless
2. Be sophisticated with a hint of sexuality
3. Convey confidence in everything you do