Some fashion icons are made. Some are born. Chung, with her unwavering individuality, is a shining example of the latter. The TV presenter and model certainly has no need for stylists. “I like to put my own look together because it looks more authentic that way,” she says. “And I don’t trust anybody else’s taste.” Winning the British Style Icon statuette for the third consecutive year at the 2012 British Fashion Awards confirms her credentials.
She has long been the queen of elegance, but it’s only since hitting 40 that the London-based actress has found the confidence to push her look from classic ice queen to trailblazer. From the flawless caped Tom Ford gown at the Oscars to the cutout Michael Kors dress at the Golden Heart Gala, 2012 has been Paltrow’s year of edgy experimentation.
Australian supermodel and mother-of-one Kerr is an expert at making off duty look sexy. The Victoria’s Secret “Angel” has a knack of dressing in a pulled-together yet never overdone way. From oversized knits teamed with sleek leather leggings to streamlined tops paired with the perfect pencil skirt, she’s the new hero of polished street style.
Liberty Ross, 33
What’s a girl to do when her personal life faces public scrutiny? Arm herself with a killer wardrobe, of course. Breaking out the Balenciaga, the model wore a host of high-end ensembles after news of her husband’s alleged infidelity broke. Revenge dressing at its finest.
Stella McCartney, 41
From designing the Team GB Olympics kit to running her power-fashion house, the British designer has remained the perfect poster girl for her brand, with a precision-cut wardrobe worn with inimitable London irreverence.
Kate Moss, 38
Whether owning the sidewalk in skinny jeans or upping the glamor stakes in sexy mini dresses and heels, Moss’s allure is eternal. At 38, her mix of rock’n’roll and high fashion will undoubtedly keep her on best-dressed lists for years to come.
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