From Cara Delevingne To Kate Upton: Here's Top 10 Fashion Icons To Watch For 2013

04 January 2013 by

GALLERY >> Top 10 Fashion Icons To Watch

In this week's magazine we've had a chat with our fashion idol of the year, a certain Victoria's Angel you may have heard of... [a target="_blank" href="/fashion/news/miranda-kerr-mango-behind-the-scenes-video">Miranda Kerr[/a]! But she's not the only fabulously dressed fashion-loving girl on our radar right now. In fact, there's a new crop of faces (and wardrobes) that we think are going to shape 2013. So scroll through the gallery above for Grazia's top ten predictions...


Cara has owned 2012 both on and off the catwalk. With such good brows and a powerful fashion CV behind her – that’s Burberry, Topshop and H&M campaigns, a signing as a Victoria’s Secret angel and a British Fashion Award for model of the year – we’re certain we’ll be seeing much more of this free-spirited tomboyish Brit. Whether she’s wearing one of her vintage varsity jackets, skinny jeans and Converse or glamming it up in a metallic mini dress, Cara maintains a scruffy-haired-I’ll-wear-whatever-is-on-my-bedroom-floor kind of vibe. We’re even fond of her bonkers onesie collection!


This Harlem-born rapper has already chewed-up and spat-out the music industry and the fashion world is next. She’s on US Vogue’s best dressed list, fashion photographer Rankin has shot her music videos and ultra-hip brands like Kenzo and Thierry Mugler are dressing the fearless, mermaid-hair swishing, potty-mouthed lady. Azealia’s style DNA includes her ‘do (which changes colour almost every day) and a mash-up of streetwear, ASOS and Topshop, plus anything ‘90s rave and saccharine sweet. That means flesh-baring, fierce combinations of metallic mini dresses, sparkly crop tops and ripped up shorts, goth-girl boots and baseball caps. And LOTS of pink.


Allison Williams – whose chestnut mane bears a striking resemblance to K-Middy’s - is the breakout fashion star of this year’s cult-followed Sex-And-the-City-for-a-new-generation, Girls. The 25 year old American actress and comedienne gives good dress by always opting for something simple with a twist. Like L’Wren Scott’s lightning bolt midi shift – safe shape, totally daring pattern. The world of high fashion is embracing her, but she’s just as happy in the likes of Target, too.


These two experimentally stylish siblings have been so decked out in Prada and Miu Miu recently we’re all expecting a campaign to appear any moment (fingers crossed!). For 2013 little sis Elle will play alongside Angelina Jolie in Maleficent, while Dakota will notch up four new releases. They’re both very good at rocking a pastel, despite their pale and interesting complexions, as well as little cut-away frocks or cute pinafores from Topshop. But they’ll just as easily tackle a head-to-toe runway look, no matter how challenging it is. Case in point: Prada’s geometric suiting complete with chunky loafers and cravat. Elle’s even been spotted in next season’s debate-creating geisha flatforms. Their signature is quite simply to have no signature! Well, they are teenagers.


No, we’ve not been living under a rock! We know Rita Ora has been blazing a bright fashion trail this year, but we predict the amount of interest in her will spike any moment now. Vivienne Westwood, McQ and Pucci have already dressed Jay Z’s new signing, but her urban ‘90s style fused with Hollywood-glam means she’ll pair up River Island and Nike with couture Marchesa. That’s why she’s already influencing girls on the street. Rita switches from daytime retro urbanwear - like high-waisted denim, a plaid shirt tied around the waist, crop tops and Doc Martens – to vixen-like bosom enhancing gowns or glittering show-girl bodysuits. There’s no safe mid-ground with this girl. 


New Yorker Harley Viera Newton is a model/DJ/musician (who famously spun tunes at the Olsen’s birthday party) and now a much-wanted presence on the front rows of Chanel, Christopher Kane and Mulberry. She has a penchant for eccentric extras like lace bunny ears, but it’s her signature mash-up of prim socialite and rock’n’roll muso-girl - that’s sweet second-hand little dresses worn with undone hair or a battered leather biker jacket, with short shorts and an odl band tee tee. And she’s not afraid to mix that with a good dose of American Apparel basics, Topshop sunnies and Levi’s denim  – that’s why she watched by tons of dedicated style-stalking blogs.


American swimwear model, actress and general goddess, Kate Upton has managed the difficult task of shimmying from Sports Illustrated sexpot into fashion’s elite inner circle. The 20 year old blondie is set to be body icon of 2013, so you won’t be surprised to find her making the most of those killer curves in fitted shift dresses and décolletage-revealing off-the-shoulder numbers. Right now she’s not a wildly directional trend-setter, but it’ll be no time until the designer big guns make their way into her wardrobe.


2013 sees the release of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, which means another round of Jennifer Lawrence’s rockin’ red carpet appearances! After wowing with a selection of Stella McCartney, Prabal Gurung and Tom Ford last time around, it’s no wonder she’s now been snapped up as the latest face of Dior. With her athletic build and All American good looks, you’ll find Jennifer sticking to classic, body-skimming, no fuss kind of frocks in block colours, unless she’s mixing it up in a mannish suit. And don’t even think about persuading her to over-accessorise.


Watch out Miranda Kerr, there’s another Victoria’s Secret girl in town and she too is fond of a blouse, a leather legging and a court shoe. Meet Lily Aldridge, the chic Californian with a most fashion fabulous family: she’s married to Kings of Leon vocalist Caleb Followil, her brother Miles is a photographer, his wife is Alexander McQueen muse Kristen McMenamy and Lily’s sister Ruby is also a much sought-after model! Her glossy sidewalk wardrobe consists of high fashion minimalism from Celine, Acne and Alexander Wang, naturally. We’ll head to Zara, then…


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