This season, I celebrate the colorful life and art of Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter, feminist heroine, selfie-queen avant la lettre. In her raw, sensual self-portraits Frida used sheer virtuosity to turn her personal pain into universal art, piercing your soul with her unflinching eyes. Frida suffered a lifetime of pain, her body weakened by polio and a horrific traffic accident, her heart broken again and again by the love of her life. But with every stroke of her brush she transformed her vulnerability into strength. Just look at how she painted her eyebrows: like the wings of a blackbird to highlight her unusual beauty in a single movement. Celebrating what made her different, without shame, without apologies.
Frida was the original feminine feminist. She depicted herself strong and androgynous with an exaggerated moustache and masculine suits, but also delicate and flirtatious: flowers in her hair, looking like an exquisite doll in traditional Tehuana lace. As a painter, she liberated feminine themes of identity, sexuality and fertility from their stigma. As a feminist icon, she still dares women today to dream, to grow, to be. Discover the Couture and Style collections of this season's theme.