Style Icon: Lily James

You might know her as Cinderella, but to those who have been watching Downton Abbey she will always be Rose. Her recent press tour for the Disney classic certainly brought my attention to her style. As you know, I am a sucker for a princess dress and boy has she brought it on in that department!

She always looks elegant, whether in it is for a red carpet appearance or a red-eye. She manages to effortlessly go from short and sweet (blue and white Valentino) to suggary sweet pink Elie Saab. She also seems to stick to the two most princess worthy designers out there, Valentino and Elie Saab for her red carpet appearances. And who can blame her? She stunned in red lace Valentino way before her princess days. Asides from the simple princess dresses, she also manages to pull off more edgy looks like enhanced silhouettes and dramatic feathers.

I don’t know what I am looking more forward to- the final season of Downton or more of Lily’s style?

st exclusively Elie Saab and Valentino, the two most princess-worthy designers, on the red carpet she keeps her looks sweet in either soft colours or with her feminine styling. Even when she puts the dresses aside for a long-haul flight, she manages to look put-together and sleek.

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Style Icon: Olivia Palermo

OPThis might be the most obvious choice for a style icon as Olivia’s fashion choices are some of the most frequently celebrated, but I really can’t resist. I love her simplistic, classic yet fashion-forward style!

She is most famous for her immaculate accessorizing skills and seamlessly pairing designer brands with street fashion. Whether she is out walking her dog on the streets of New York or attending a Dior show front-row, the same thread of effortless style surrounds her. I’d say the keys to her style success are sleek silhouettes. Always keep it simple and add one or two statement accessories. A great pair of sunglasses and pointed toes does help! My favourite look has to be the polka dot shirt tucked into the high waisted skirt. I have to where I can get a shirt like that!

If ever I were to be able to choose one celeb’s closet, it would be hers! Oh and I wish we were hair doubles. Do you like her style as much as I do?

 

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Style Icon: Lupita Nyong’o

This Kenyan born actress from the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave has literally been on everyone’s style watch since her appearance at the Golden Globes in the statement Ralph Lauren red cape dress.

Her style can best be summarised as edgy, fun and youthful with favorite designers including the print-tastic Peter Pilotto and minimalistic Calvin Klein. Just to prove that she can also do classic and beautiful she threw on the beautiful pink Chanel number (matching 90’s style) and followed it with the gorgeous Lanvin draped perfection.

As a side note I really like the contrast of her edgy hair to her feminine style as she usually wears a-line skirts or beautiful necklines. I also appreciate her beauty effort- those bright lips are my favourite!

I can’t wait to see what she will wear to the Academy Awards this Sunday.

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Style Icon: Lily Collins

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She has just been announced as the new face for Lancome cosmetics, but I first took notice of the young startlet’s incredible red carpet style a few moths back. Steering clear of the predictable, Lily’s style is elegantly vintage, favouring red lips and neutral colour schemes. On the rare occasion that she wears something daring, such as the Michail Sykianakis lace dress, she does so with class and dignity. Recently she has been experimenting with more edgy looks like the skirt outfit she wore in Berlin this year or the black crop top with skirt she wore to the premier in the same city. This places her firmly on the fashion map. Her off-duty style is more modern and edgy than her feminine red carpet looks, but it is still equally polished.

I hope to see many red carpet moments from her in the future.

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Style Icon: Laura Bailey

Laura BaileyAs a previous model and occasional writer for the likes of British Vogue, Laura Bailey is in a very enviable position. With a great frame and access to designer brands, she has really shown that your age shouldn’t dictate your style. I love that she wears so much colour and is a little unpredictable. She often injects a youthful flair into her outfits with accessories but always looks age appropriate. Among my favourite looks are the blue Chanel and Burberry trench outfits. I will definitely be emulating the trench look this spring. Which look do you find most inspiring?

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Style Icon: Caroline Issa

Caroline IssaBeing good friends with Garance Doré and frequently featured on The Sartorialist would drive most to revert to  style theatrics a la Anna Dello Russo, but not this editor. Instead Caroline favours simple, comfortable pieces usually sticking to a neutral palette with bright pops of colour even though she knows her every move is being photographed. She delivers inspiring street style looks that  we can easily copy, except maybe the floor length Valentino. I love the fuchsia tunic dress paired with flats as well as her take on the military trend. She scores bonus points in my book for her amazing skin (which she credits to her genes) and her daring lip colours. Aside from her job as Tank Magazine’s fashion editor, she also recently collaborated with LK Bennet to create a collection of brightly embroidered Thai-inspired shoes which perfectly captures her love of brights. Do you love her style as much as I do?

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Style Icon: Blair Eadie

Blair EadieAll images from the Atlantic-Pacific blog.

Most of you might know Blair Eadie from her blog and be familiar with her style as she is one of the most influential style bloggers. She features mostly outfit posts on her blog, where she showcases her preppy, feminine and playful style.

She always manages to look chic, even when she is wearing a sundress and a straw hat. She frequently reinvents pieces she’s already featured, inspiring us to shop our own closet. She also isn’t afraid to mix different statement pieces to create a dramatic look, but her more relaxed outfits are never mundane or predictable.

One of my favourite outfits has to be the Kate Spade striped dress worn as a top with a voluminous skirt that feels like a modern interpretation of Dior’s new look (featured top right). Which of these outfit is your favourite? If you’d like to see more inspiring outfit posts, visit her blog here.

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Style Icon: Allison Williams

Allison WilliamsWhilst I am not a major fan of Girls, I find myself being continuously drawn to Allison Williams’ style. She always looks happy and pretty and frequently wears colour. I love the pink Oscar de la Renta and I think the red Naeem Khan is spectacular. I also think she has the most amazing hair and I love how she incorporates into her looks. Her style can be described as classic but playful. Whether she is wearing classic de la Renta or edgy Victoria Beckham, this girl has clearly found a style that suits her and her obvious happiness about it makes it even more enjoyable. I’d love to know whether her off-duty style is anything as amazing as this!

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Style Icon: Astrid Berges-Frisbey

Astrid Berges-FrisbeyAs a young French actress she has the opportunity to wear a lot of Chanel and she fully embraces it, giving the brand a more youthful flair. Just look at the Chanel Joaillerie  star stud earring she is wearing with the black dress. Just by wearing it higher on the ear, she instantly updates the classic. I like her approach to feminine dresses as instead of trying to toughen it up, she embraces its femininity and makes it seem simple and easy with no-fuss hair and make-up. She always manages to look polished though and never strays into Alexa territory (trying too hard). She obviously favours a LWD (little white dress) to its more famous counterpart, but it suits her femininity and simplicity better so it is a good thing. Far to many young actresses think of a LBD as a uniform. As far as favourites go, I am torn between the denim dress and her chic jeans look. Whilst I am more likely to wear the jeans look, the denim dress is what first drew me to her, so that is the clear winner in my books. It is edgy, youthful, fun and super stylish and I love the pop of tangerine all paired with her lovely hair- I imagine that it would make Karl very happy. I can’t wait to see what she will be wearing at the Cannes Festival this year. Holding thumbs for more Chanel Couture!

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Style Icon: Marina Larroudé

Marina LarroudéBeing a market director at style.com means that Marina is constantly surrounded by fashion. Working in the industry creates the expectation that she would be dresses in the latest trends and designer wear. Instead I find Marina’s style refreshingly simplistic, fresh and inspirational. She sticks to the basics yet somehow manages to make them look modern and relevant.

Even though she is in charge of accessories at style.com she keeps them limited, instead letting the outfit speak for itself. My favourite outfits include the camel cape look and denim and tee outfit. She proves that looking polished is equal part great clothes and confidence. Amazingly healthy looking hair doesn’t hurt either! Which of these is your favourite outfit?

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