Simplest terms


iconoclast - One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions.

icon - An important and enduring symbol; a person or thing regarded as a symbol of a belief or cultural movement.

which is more your style? (icon or iconoclast)

13 comments:

enc said...

What a fascinating question!
Icon, definitely. I go more for the steadfast reliability. I'm not much of an upstart, though I fancied myself one in my younger days.

cybill said...

I'm sure I used to be an iconoclase but thesedays I'm more a relic.

cybill said...

Look I spelt iconoclast wrong, thats how much of a rebel I still am!

greying pixie said...

I would call myself an 'inadvertant iconoclast', ie. not through habit or kneejerk reaction, I like to think I address every issue with an open mind, it's just that history has shown it to be my more favoured path.

Imelda Matt said...

iconoclastic icon...I'm not sure that makes sense but hey! I'm an aries so it's in my nature to try it all!!!

Iheartfashion said...

Iconoclast, I hope!

Alexandra said...

Iconoclast, I guess, although rarely by conscious choice.

-h of candid cool said...

dont icons become icons by being iconoclast's first?

Duchesse said...

Ralph Lauren- do you think 'icon'? His personal style seems to me simply wearing his products which he has very often appropriated from preceding generations.

He's a competent designer and merchant, and has longevity in a tough business, but as an icon I think more of people like the Duke of Windsor or Babe Paley.

Miss White said...

I'd like to say more iconoclast, but I'm not!

editor said...

duchesse - these 2 designers here signify types of style, style that they produce/promote. the individual fashion sense of their various lines are being merely implied here, and, simplistically, being used to represent the two choices i've put forth. i am not putting them up here to bring their personal styles into question. they are designers, and they design for very different audiences.

Times of Glory said...

It is such a great question! A real iconoclast is powerful and can be a bit scary... a real icon is purely beautiful! It is hard to make iconoclast timeless (if it is, it'll be a really good one), but a true icon is certainly is!

landis smithers said...

great question.

i'm going to say an icon becomes an icon by breaking the rules, and therefore redefining them, and then embodying the new rules. katherine hepburn in pants. audrey all in black. diane keaton in annie-wear.

so i am an icon in the making. ha!