Amy Winehouse

TWELVE FACES OF STYLE | Who's your style muse?

Okay, so a few things: yes, the blog is back. It's about damn time. You've already gotten a sneak peek at my series on sexy astrology (The Chemistry Lab), but there's even more brewing behind the scenes that will be well worth the very long wait.

As a way to reintroduce myself, here's a look at the work I've been doing with sacred stylist Jacquelyn Tierney over the past year. Our joint venture, Twelve Faces of Style, is a star-studded guide to fashion. We've found the perfect shade of Scorpio red, selected lingerie by star sign, and even helped a few of you with personal styling based on your natal chart - or Star Style Map, as we like to call it. It's been quite an adventure.

Where does one begin to explore the Twelve Faces universe? Everything about us is perfectly encapsulated in my favorite column: Style Muse. In it, Jackie and I talk about how your rising sign is your style secret weapon - something I've been on about for years on this blog and am now exploring more in depth thanks her sartorial expertise.

Of course, all of the muses are musicians because I just couldn't help myself.

Here's the lineup so far:

 

Aries - Rihanna

Taurus - Lana Del Rey

Gemini - Amy Winehouse

Cancer - Kanye West

Aquarius - David Bowie

 

David Bowie was slated to be our Aquarius muse in a few months, but when I heard about his passing I thought the post would be a fitting tribute. Stay tuned for Leo through Pisces.

In the meantime, we're working on something special that puts everything we've discovered about the astrology of fashion into one place. You'll have the perfect set of style rules for your natal chart - and your wardrobe - to follow or break. Who said style can't be spiritual?

For now, enjoy Style Muse and The Chemistry Lab will be posted soon!

TWELVE FACES OF STYLE | STYLE MUSE | Amy Winehouse, Gemini Rising


THIS POST FIRST APPEARED AS A PART OF TWELVE FACES OF STYLE, A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT WITH SACRED STYLIST JACQUELYN TIERNEY, THAT EXAMINED STYLE THROUGH THE LENS OF ASTROLOGY.



In this series, we’ve chosen twelve style muses - one for each ascendant - to help you discover how the twelve faces tell their unique style stories. Your ascendant (or, the constellation that was on the horizon at the time you were born) is just as important, if not more, than your sun. Also called your rising sign, it tells us how you present yourself to the world. When you dress like your rising sign, you look comfortable, confident, and sexy.

Even if you don’t have the featured ascendant, if your sun or Venus is in that sign, you’ll also want to take note. Don’t have any of that sign in your chart? This will help you spot those star sign types when you’re out and about. Your friends will think it’s magic!

No one embodies the perpetually ebullient spirit of Gemini rising quite like Amy Winehouse. The late songstress's singular aesthetic, both in her music and her wardrobe, have inspired countless imitators, but none hold a candle to her unique blend of unflappable innocence and raw candor - both characteristic of her ascendant.

Read on to see why we think she's the patron saint of Gemini style.

MAGPIE CHIC

Gemini rising is the sign most likely to hoard a secret (or not-so-secret) stash of shiny objects with which to adorn herself, and she doesn't limit her accessorizing to evening. Mid-day is a perfectly reasonable time for one possessed of a Gemini ascendant to rock a statement necklace - or in Amy's case, a set of leopard print earrings - with loungewear and unparalleled panache. They're also given to collections of kitsch, especially of a vintage or rockabilly ilk, and know how to wield pops of color or a killer print.

GAMINE FOREVER

gamine - (noun) |gam·ine, ɡaˈmēn/| a girl with mischievous or boyish charm.

No matter what may be going on behind the scenes, a Gemini rising always projects as charming. She's not naive, but the trademark doe-eyes of this rising sign could fool an unsuspecting suitor into thinking otherwise. In short, she knows how to turn on the charm. A fresh face with feline eyeliner is the perfect complement to this vibe - a look that Amy made her signature style, and to great effect. Pair with houndstooth (see above), gingham, or other nostalgic indicators for best results.

ON THE EDGE

True to their dual nature, the Twins rising balance out their inner ingenue with a serious DGAF attitude. Gemini rules communication, and nothing is more important to the Gemini ascendant than telling their truth. Most do so with a rock and roll flare, so tattoos, leather, and other punk-inspired accents are a plus. Still, their rock star tendencies can manifest for better or for worse. Geminis have a tendency to live in their mind and ignore the needs of their bodies, so make sure to give yourself proper nutrition, hydration, and self-care.

You're a beautiful soul, gone too soon. We love you, Amy.