Orphaned at 6, married at 16, widowed at 18 and executed at 44 years old, historic superhero Mary Queen of Scots was recently played by the talented Saoirse Ronan and dressed by designer Alexandra Byrne. With protective leather and blue clear wardrobe favourites, we reckon she'd love Antoniazzi's blue bomber jacket.
We hope you caught the fantastic documentary about actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, written and directed by Alexandra Dean. Without Hedy's frequency hopping invention modern computing couldn't exist. Who knew? Despite her geek credentials, Hedy was a glamour girl and would look fabulous in Fabiana Filippi's silk dress with beaded collar.
Another great movie out this month is On the Basis of Sex, the biographical drama about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who has spent a lifetime striking down US laws that discriminate against women. Her style, like her character, is sophisticated and straightforward, as is Fabiana Filippi's blazer.
Keira Knightley recently landed a dream job portraying French actress and writer Colette who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Although many of her novels were salacious and outrageous, she was rather fond of a pristine button-down cotton shirt, just like this classic from Aspesi.
The subject of a major show at Tate Modern, Dorothea Tanning was a force of nature. Married to fellow surrealist Max Ernst, she designed sets and costumes for Balanchine's ballets, ran up cloth sculptures on her Singer sewing machine and at the age of 101 published her latest tome of poetry. Piazza Sempione's specially commissioned painted tunic top would suit her perfectly.
One of the few women who looked like a real-life pirate was war correspondent Marie Colvin, who died tragically on assignment in Syria. Rosamund Pike plays Colvin in the recent film My Private War, bringing to life her dedication to the pursuit of truth. Always ready for action, Marie favoured field-gear such as Aspesi's khaki parka.
Elena Ferrante is the pseudonym for the mysterious author of four best-selling Neapolitan Novels beginning with My Brilliant Friend. Having sold hundreds of thousands of copies, in 2016, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world and last year HBO launched a 32 episode TV series. Aspesi's floral print dress is inspired by the 1950s Italian dresses that the two female leads, Elena and Lila, wear.
While Christian Dior wowed the world of haute-couture (as the spectacular V&A exhibition demonstrates), few people realise that his sister, Catherine Dior, was a decorated French Resistance fighter. She was also one of the few women granted a license to act as a Mandataire en fleurs coupées or “cut-flowers broker,” which she traded to the perfumiers of Paris. Thus, when Christian launched his own perfume in 1947 he named it after his brave sister, Miss Dior. She would have felt at ease in her beautiful garden in Callian in Aspesi's silk shirt dress.
We were thrilled to see Olivia Colman winning the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the eccentric Queen Anne in The Favourite. But, we're even more excited to hear that she'll be taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth in season 3 of The Crown this year. Given the acres of pink on display on the red carpet and the Queen's penchant for the colour, we think she'd rather fancy Peserico's pale blush sweater.
Finally, later this year we'll be treated to the film Harriet, based on the life of famous abolitionist and freedom-fighter Harriet Tubman. Harriet escaped slavery herself and led hundreds of others to freedom along the Underground Railroad. When the Civil War broke out Harriet worked for the Union Army first as a cook and nurse, then as a scout and spy. So, when you just need to get a job done we recommend reaching for Aspesi's comfortable wide-leg jeans.