Top Brit It Girls
Britain has blessed the world of fashion with some of the most stylish women in the world, women whose individual take on style has gone well beyond cliché to create uniquely signature styles. We’re going to take a look at five British women who’re indisputable style icons.
Twiggy revolutionised the way British women looked in the 1960s, becoming one of the country’s top models after leaving school. Nicknamed ‘Twigs’ on account of her slim frame, that coupled with her gamine looks came to embody the Mod era, as her body was perfect for the rising hemlines and unisex stylings of the decade. She was a completely new kind of model, her short bob haircut coupled with her eyes enlarged with dramatic use of eyeshadow,
Jane Birkin was another icon of the sixties, who would make a splash on both sides of the English Channel. This archetypal English rose, who saw no need for makeup, would team up with Gallic songwriting genius Serge Gainsbourg to scandalise the French with such records as Je T’Aime…Moi non Plus (I Love You – Me Neither). She’s so cool Hermes named a leather tote bag in her honour, an original of which was sold for the highest amount a bag has ever gone for at auction.
Naomi Campbell would change the fashion world forever with her striking looks and equally forceful personality. One of the five original supermodels, she got her break and seized it with both hands, becoming the first black model to appear on the cover of TIME, as well as the covers of French, Russian and British Vogue.
They couldn’t possibly ignore this woman who’d conquered the catwalk parading the collections of designers like Chanel, Christian Dior and Versace.
Synonymous with a lavish lifestyle, with a soupcon of bling, Ms Campbell knows how to live life to the full, and is currently doing great work for charity.
Kate Moss burst onto the scene in 1990, in the pages of The Face, as the muse for photographer Corinne Day’s 3rd Summer of Love shoot. Day would shake up fashion photography with her more realistic style, and Moss with her waify, girl next door looks would be the ideal face for the occasion. Hailed as ‘the face of British style’, she courted controversy as the British face of the ‘heroin chic’ look, and her rock n’ roll lifestyle, which saw her hook up with bad boys including Johnny Depp and Pete Docherty, to the tabloids’ fascination. Dropped by several fashion houses for her lifestyle, Moss would have the last laugh – she’s a living legend, and successful entrepreneur with her diffusion range for Top Shop.
Alexa Chung was spotted at Reading aged 16, and encouraged to model for teen magazines. Disillusioned with the industry, which she claimed led to a distorted body image, she moved into TV presenting.
While she may have dropped out of modelling, she couldn’t stop the fashion industry’s interest in her, Mulberry creating an “Alexa” bag in her honour.
On the other side of the catwalk, she now runs her own clothing label, making exquisite clothes for a sophisticated clientele, and she’s just turned heads again by going shoeless at the Serpentine summer party.
Find inspiration from these incredible, iconic women, and create your own style in a uniquely British fashion.