With hair down to there, perfect English-rose coloring, and angelic wide-set eyes, Edie Campbell could easily be mistaken for a schoolgirl--of the hip Brit variety, of course. Discovered first by Mario Testino, who shot her alongside Kate Moss in the Burberry F/W 09 campaign, this budding model is totally magnetic and has an unmistakable Alexa Chung-inspired appeal thanks to her quirky, individualist style. Whether she's mixing socks with strappy sandals, opting for a statement-making striped dress, or putting her own spin on a skater skirt, Campbell's approach to fashion is enthrallingly fresh, which is why she's the perfect subject for January's Girl of the Month.
Maybe it's because she so looks the part, but we can't help but swoon for Campbell's more scholarly ensembles. Take, for example, the all-gray outfit she wore to a Mulberry party during New York Fashion Week (bottom row, center) this past September. Campbell combined a Lacoste duffle coat with toggles with an Alaia bodysuit and self-proclaimed "ancient" wool Bonpoint skirt to create a stylishly youthful ensemble. The monochromatic palette is the epitome of winter chic, and we like how she contrasted her flirty skirt with boyish touches in the form of a newsboy cap and Church's lace-up shoes. Holding fast to her position at the head of the class, the across-the-pond stunner was snapped in an equally erudite outfit at the premiere of Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston at the Electric Cinema in London that same month (top row, far left). Campbell paired a vintage H&M dress with Lacoste's Wool Jacquard Cardigan ($73) to create a Chanel-like look that is girlishly refined and perfect for the event.
In addition these sweet and swirly outfits, our model muse also knows how to work a skinny pant, as she demonstrated at Fashion's Night Out at the Armani store in September (bottom row, far left). Campbell styled a pair of high-waisted RARA trousers with a bodysuit and a vintage blue velvet jacket, resulting in a texturally complex ensemble we love. We also adore the pants-centric look our GOTM selected for Matthew Williamson's book party launch at the Somerset house in London earlier this fall (top row, center). This time Campbell played with proportions by mixing cropped bottoms with a Uniqlo double-breasted wool jacket (which is from their +J Fall 09 collection), and then further personalized the look via a pair of gray socks and strappy heels. She finished her outfit with a cream and teal bag--specifically Anya Hindmarch's Keaton Bag ($950)--a perfect addition to her otherwise understated look.
Clearly this face-to-watch can create loads of noteworthy neutral ensembles, yet she's definitely not afraid of more dramatic fare. Case in point: for the British Fashion Awards reception at the Savoy Hotel in London earlier this month, Campbell outfitted herself in head-to-toe Kinder Aggugini, specifically a stunning printed silk dress and mohair cardigan from the designer's F/W 10 collection (top row, right). The rising model also demonstrated her love for elongated silhouettes when she selected a Louise Gray dress to attend the launch of LuLu & Co. at the Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge earlier this fall (far right). She expertly finished the striped column dress with red Chloe booties from F/W 07, resulting in an ensemble that's rife with individualist it-girl style.
While Campbell is certainly a fashion force, translating her ensembles can be a piece a cake--all you need are a few key pieces! Start by loading up on some high-tea worthy skirts and dresses to pair with your cardis and coats. We like Forever 21's Classic Smocked Skirt ($16) or Georgie's Cherly Pleated Skirt ($172) to wear with your fitted bodysuits or Temperley London's Martina Silk-Jersey Dress ($895) and Topshop's Chiffon Cape Dress ($90) for dress versions of this favored skater-skirt silhouette. Next, secure some snazzy outerwear to help complete your Campbell-inspired looks. For a blazer similar to her blue velvet vintage jacket, try Club Monaco's Noel Trapeze Velvet Blazer ($249), which would look absolutely fabulous styled with silk or brocade pants. When it comes to cozy coats to mix-and-match with cropped pants, we like Rag & Bone's Trench Cotton Coat ($345) or Motel's Robyn Coat ($178), both of which chicly nod to the military trend. Fancy a toggle version instead? Then be sure to check out AllSaints' Nix Duffle Coat ($292.50), which should provide the ideal finish to your school-girl ensembles!
To get some of our style subject's upscale panache, don't forget to pick up a few floor-length frocks--after all, you never know when the next glamorous invite might pop-up! For those dazzling soirees on the horizon, scoop up Tibi's Zola Long Strapless Dress ($478), Diane von Furstenberg's Julian Wrap Gown ($725), or Free People's Floral Halter Maxi Dress ($148), the latter of which could also be worn with lace-up flat boots for a more boho-chic evening ensemble. Finally, take a page from Campbell's lookbook and stock up on some menswear-inspired shoes. Our top picks are American Apparel's Hannah Shoes ($97) and Pour La Victoire's Nicia Oxfords ($195), both of which will help you fully execute this GOTM's must-try look.--Liza Kaplan
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