Every year, we look to street style to inform and inspire us. The pieces worn during fashion week by industry trendsetters can be the catalyst for new styling tricks or even the next It bag. Now that a new year is almost upon us, we're looking back at the iconic style stars that continue to inspire us.
So which women stand out from the well-heeled crowd? From the best dressed celebs to the industry veterans who are still changing the game, consider this a list of some of the fashion industry's biggest trendsetters. Below you'll find a breakdown of the women who earned the top spot in a host of categories—from who reps their city best to the up-and-coming names you need to know. Rest assured there was plenty to be impressed about from this chic bunch.
Read on to see the trendsetting women to know and prepare to be inspired!
Never one to shy away from bold colors and dramatic silhouettes, Yasmin Sewell was the street style star we can't stop watching. Part of what makes her so inspiring is her ability to keep an open mind—dressing through intuition and giving emerging designers a try.
There's no denying it: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has impeccable style. The model and actress has a way of taking something as simple as jeans and a T-shirt and making it feel polished. Whether she's hitting the gym or the red carpet, Rosie always offers a lesson in relaxed elegance.
Jan Quammie is seriously talented at mixing and matching the unexpected. The editorial director of Material Magazine and former stylist at MyTheresa.com is just as likely to be wearing Céline as she is to be in something cool and vintage. Bottom line: She's one to watch.
One thing we can always count on from Margaret Zhang? Some seriously genius layering. The multitalented founder of Shine by Three has nailed dramatic dressing. Whether it be with some serious sleeves or major volume, her looks are anything but ordinary.
We've spent a lot of time practically drooling over the looks of stylist, consultant, and Vestiaire Collective's Contributing Fashion Director, Kate Foley. She nails the accessory game—regularly carrying the latest It pieces from buzzy brands like Loewe, Chloé, and J.W.Anderson. Plus, we give her major kudos for her ability to wear Valentino heels just as easily as Vans. Now that's talent.
With over 4.7 million Instagram followers, there's no avoiding the star power of fashion blogger Aimee Song. She's mastered her angles, knows the art of the outfit lay-down, and is constantly brightening up our feed with her lust-worthy accessories and fashionable duds.
Giotto Calendoli and Patricia Manfield
On her own, street style star Patricia Manfield is inspiring enough, but with partner Giotto Calendoli by her side, they achieve the highest level of stylish couple goals. If that's not enough, the Milan-based duo also collaborates on their site The Atelier. Now that's a serious power couple.
Best Editor Style: Christine Centenera
Uniform dressing has never been as chic as it is on Christine Centenera. The fashion director at Vogue Australia sticks to a signature look: lots of black and plenty of edgy, yet classic pieces. Her styling always feels fresh—and if her vibe looks familiar, it's because she's also Kim Kardashian West's stylist.
If you've ever looked up the Instagram hashtag #EvaChenPose, you've seen over 10,000 attempts at re-creating the back-of-the-taxi shot perfected by Eva Chen—Instagram's head of fashion partnerships. Pretty impressive. But even more impressive is the range of looks she has worn in the last year alone. She's nailed the art of New York dressing—perfectly pairing practical pieces (hello, sneakers) with fashion-forward ones.
When we think of L.A. style, it's hard to come up with anyone who embodies the laid-back yet sophisticated look better than Nicole Richie does. For her, it's about taking those basics L.A. girls love and elevating them. Oh, and rest assured she'll always have a great pair of sunnies on hand too since the sunny weather is year-round in SoCal.
She may be constantly jet-setting between L.A., New York, and London, but Suki Waterhouse is a Brit through and through. Her signature look is both bohemian and sophisticated—a playful combination Waterhouse and the rest of the British style set pull off so well. No matter what side of the pond she's on, she nails the London look.
This year, there was one brand that had every street style star buzzing: Attico. Not surprisingly, the silky line was the brainchild of two of the industry's greatest—Milan-based Giorgia Tordini and her friend Gilda Ambrosio. Their launch alone earned plenty of buzz to keep her busy. When Giorgia isn't designing the next It pieces, the street style star is out mastering the aesthetic that's decidedly Italiano.
If we had to choose one word to describe Jeanne Damas's look, it would be "effortless." The French trendsetter makes pulling off the Parisian je ne sais quois look so easy. With effortless styling and her signature red lip, Damas proves time and time again that there's no city quite as stylish as Paris.
Best Photographer: Acielle of Style du Monde
Capturing the perfect street style shot is no easy feat, but head to Acielle's photography site, Style du Monde, and you'll find it bursting with colorful shots of the industry's biggest trendsetters. While she's shot for her own site since 2008, Acielle also works as a contributor at Vogue and The New York Times. Her photos have been featured in just about every major publication. Truly impressive.
Anaa Saber caught our eye with her cool blend of streetwear and designer pieces. And as a favorite among our readers as well, she is clearly one to watch.
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