In a previous post I had listed 10 names. Names of those who I thought were the most fashionable British female fashion icons of recent years. Yes, it may have been an odd combination of names; some of them are very different from one another, in terms of age, image, and style. Nevertheless, one can agree that they are all very fashionable, and have influenced trends in one way or another. Whether their styles are traditional and preppy, very high end and “posh”, or more funky and Topshop-esque, these fabulous fashionistas are my picks for the top 5 fashionable British females.
1. Kate Moss
2. kate Middleton
3. Emma Watson
4. Daisy Lowe
5. Alexa Chung
1. Kate Moss:
One of the world’s top supermodels, Kate burst into the fashion scene in the early 90’s as the “anti-model.” With her famous waif-like appearance, she was the opposite of the top supermodels of that time such as Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. She has appeared in over 300 magazine covers, walked the runway for many designers, and has been the face of tons of advertising campaigns. Ever since then, Kate has been not only a top model, but a top fashion icon. With her skinny jeans, fringe boots, or leopard print flats, Kate has such a cool and effortless look about her, and she is certainly one of my favourite fashion idols. She Kate has also added designer to her list of accomplishments, with her line of clothing designed for Topshop. The collections include clothes, bags, shoes and accessories, ranging in price from $20 to over $200. Her line of clothing includes pieces such as leather jackets, plaid shirts, fringe boots and skinny jeans and closely resembles her own style. Even now, almost two decades later, she exerts as much influence now as she did back then. Kate still continues to inspire designers, and continues to be a top trendsetter…which is why she is the #1 British female fashion icon!
2. Kate Middleton:
Another Kate, or Catherine as she is now supposedly wanting to be called, joins our list at number 2. Famously known as Prince William’s girlfriend of 8 years, this Kate could not be more different from our first Kate. Her style is more traditional, preppy British, or, as I like to describe it: English country manor-like. Kate has been featured in a variety of best dressed lists, over the last few years. In 2006, she was chosen by The Telegraph as the “Most Promising Newcomer” in their list of style winners and losers. In 2007, Tatler ranked her at #8 in their yearly listing of the top ten style icons, and that same year People’s Magazine featured her in their best dressed list. Kate also had the honour of being named as one of the ten “Fabulous Fashion Independents” of 2007 by Richard Blackwell. To top it all off,Vanity Fair placed her on their international best dressed list in 2008. She is known for her “Sloane Ranger” look, and variety of boots that she owns. I personally think she is classy and sophisticated, and I absolutely love all the clothing she wears. I am a boot affectionado, and I can’t help but covet her collection of footwear. Kate may not be a top trendsetter, but she is always very well dressed and always looks so put together, which is why she has made it to numerous best dressed lists, and also the reason why she is #2 on my list!
3. Emma Watson:
This choice may be questioned by some, but Emma is a true fashionista, and a fashion icon in the making! She may be only 19 years old but she sometimes looks more classy and sophisticated than women way older than her! Emma is very poised and graceful for her age, and has made some very good fashion choices lately… as in, wearing Chanel and Burberry (love, love, love). What makes her even more awesome is that Burberry chose her as the face for their fall/winter 2009-10 ad campaign, whose former faces included fellow Brit’s Agyness Deyn (who almost made it on to this list!) and Kate Moss. Emma has appeared in many magazine covers and fashion spreads, including Vogue Italia and Teen Vogue. I love her style and I know that her star will continue to rise and her fashion icon status will soon blossom even more. She is the youngest on this list, but for being so classy at such a young age, she is #3!
4. Daisy Lowe
Daisy may not be known by many outside of the UK, but within the UK her fashion sense is idolized by many. She is a model who has modelled for editorial photo shoots, commercial advertising campaigns and has appeared on catwalks modelling for designers such as Karl Lagerfeld. She is the daughter of Pearl Lowe, the singer/songwriter turned textile and fashion designer, and Gavin Rossdale, the front man for the band Bush. Daisy began modelling at the age of 2, but it wasn’t until she was approached by a talent scout at the age of 15, that her career really blossomed. Since then, she has appeared on the covers of Tatler, Elle, GQ, Vogue, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, Grazia, In Style, Nylon, and modelled for Chanel, Topshop, Nanette Lepore, Charlotte Ronson, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, Converse shoes, and Agent Provocateur. This past year Daisy has been the new face for Marc by Marc Jacobs and has appeared in campaigns for Pringle of Scotland and DKNY. Daisy has a very effortlessly edgy and cool style, which is why I love her, and why she made it to my top 5 list!
5. Alexa Chung
Last, but certainly not least is the fab miss Chung. Alexa is a famous tv personality, who was previously the co-host for Popworld on Channel 4, and one of the four anchor T4 presenters. After leaving Channel 4 just this past year, she is now presents It’s on with Alexa Chung for MTV in the US. She came to be known as a fashion icon and “it girl” when her tv career started, due to her distinctive, quirky style. She now frequently appears on numerous best dressed lists, and on the covers of fashion magazines. Alexa has also done her fair share of modelling and runway walking for the likes of DKNY Jeans and Vivienne Westwood. She is a highly adored fashionista by many females, first in the UK, and now in North America. Her style is amazing; she always does a great job of looking casual yet flawless and put together. Alexa makes fashion look so simple and fun, as it should be! This is why Alexa made it to our list, and rounds out the top 5!