When it comes to high-octane looks, Anja Rubik,
29, takes centre stage – there’s only a handful of
women in the world who can pull off Anthony
Vaccarello’s barely-there slashed dresses, and her
take on tuxedo dressing à la Saint Laurent is
flawless. The Polish model could have
single-handedly coined the term ‘model off-duty’,
too, with her extensive wardrobe of relaxed yet
luxurious separates – think skinny leather jeans
and featherweight cashmere by Isabel Marant, Les
Chiffoniers and Alexander Wang.
This 32-year-old art director has style in her
DNA, as the daughter of renowned taste-maker
and former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld
and Christian Restoin, founder of Equipment.
Whether she’s wearing a Band of Outsiders mini
dress and Miu Miu gladiator sandals or a
sophisticated crop top and pencil skirt, her look is
always unabashedly feminine. She took maternity
dressing to stylish new heights last year with a
wardrobe of knitted Azzedine Alaïa dresses.
Model-turned-presenter-turned-DJ Alexa Chung, 29, has transformed herself into a style authority. In recent years, Chung has polished up her look of kooky Peter Pan collars, vintage sailor dresses and school-girl Mary Jane shoes, as her friendships with the world’s hottest young designers have blossomed. She is often spotted in off-kilter dresses by Christopher Kane, Carven, J W Anderson, House of Holland and Erdem. It’s a formula that works: for three years the public has voted her the British Fashion Council Style Icon.
Cara Delevingne, 20, is the poster girl for a new outspoken breed of catwalk
talent – a social-media whizz, street-style star and international party girl,
Delevingne has ambushed the world of fashion, appearing in an unprecedented
number of runway shows – and parties. While her tomboy chic looks continue to
inspire us, it’s her chameleon-like ability to transform into a smokey-eyed
red-carpet vision that will ensure her longevity, while her ability to elevate a
brand into the must-have craze of the moment is unmatched.
Diane Kruger’s awareness of what suits her ballet-trained body, as well as a
sixth sense for patronising designers on the cusp of stardom, is a killer
combination. While she’s not averse to feminine drapery and dramatic ruffles
when handled by a designer as cool as Prabal Gurung, short, structured cocktail
dresses from Lanvin, Giambattista Valli and Versus are her calling card.
Besides, Kruger makes the cut alone for her demonstration of just how chic and
elegant bold print can be.
This is the woman that Alexander Wang, Erdem
and Joseph Altuzarra turn to when in need of a
little guidance. The stylist’s own wardrobe is
stripped of colour, but certainly not lacking in
drama. Cutaway dresses reveal flashes of midriff
and teetering high heels underpin her evening
look. For day, pencil skirts, cocoon-sleeved
sweaters and poker-straight hair rule for this
Style is in Bianca Brandolini d’Adda's blood. Her
mother, Countess Georgina Brandolini d’Adda,
was a muse to Valentino and today a similar role
has befallen the 26-year-old who acts as a house
ambassador for Dolce & Gabbana, which involves
fronting their SS13 campaign. Brandolini d’Adda
manages to make even the most colourful print
dress look unfussy; it's all down to her knack of
choosing uncomplicated silhouettes.
She may dress up every day for designers, but when it comes to her own wardrobe, Joan Smalls, 25, walks the sartorial line between caring and not at all, between artisan and over-embellished. The Puerto Rican model has a knack for making everything look easy: from her on-the-go uniform of Givenchy’s cult panther printed sweatshirt, leather trousers and pulled-back hair, to her elegant evening attire comprising sculptural, dramatic dresses.
This 30-year-old knows her best attributes: for her, short hemlines rule. Often
favouring the coolest up-and-coming talent, colourful cocktail dresses from Peter
Pilotto, Richard Nicoll and Stella McCartnery are Bosworth’s red-carpet currency.
LA-born and San Francisco-raised, it’s not surprising she has become Coachella’s
unofficial pin-up: cue aviators, vintage broderie camisoles and denim cut-offs.
Chinese fashion model Liu Wen, 25, always makes every outfit look elegant.
Her USP is grown-up chic: from long-sleeved dresses to racer-back
halternecks, even directional prints look easy and feminine. She has the ability
to throw on a mannish white shirt or loose-weave linen jumper with skinny
jeans and Converse trainers for a lesson in making off-duty style look graceful.