Fashion Icon: Our Style Panel members share their sartorial inspirations

Fashion Icon Style Panel Cee Fardoe

Cee Fardoe, 27
Paris via Vancouver | Coco and Vera

When I think about style icons, women like Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and Marion Cotillard often come to mind—but the woman who has truly had the most impact on my style is Leigh Lezark. That name often elicits reactions that range from raised eyebrows to an incredulous, “Who?”, so I’ll explain. Leigh Lezark is one third of The Misshapes, a DJ trio out of NYC; she is also a model and, for lack of a better term, an It-girl who pioneered black on black as a personal style statement in the early 2000s, when the majority of North American women were buying themselves a rainbow of Juicy Couture velour tracksuits. Leigh is a rarity in fashion—she looks beyond trends and perhaps stubbornly, wears only what she loves. She is the reason I spent a small fortune on Feria’s number 21, Bright Black, hair dye in university. Although she sports a blonde bob and designer clothes in a variety of colours these days, she never looks like anyone but herself. I admire her moxie. And whenever I put together an all-black outfit, I start by asking myself, “What would Leigh wear?”

Cee’s wearing: Blouse and heels, Zara. Dress, ASOS. Clutch, Les Composantes. Belt, H&M.