Elle Wall

Check out our celebrity trend editorial for the September issue of Elle, South Africa…


And here’s the raw and uncut version for your viewing pleasure…

ALEXA CHUNG

Alexa’s modeling roots, hipster accolades, and designer stints make her a fashion darling with front row status at runway shows (if she’s not on one herself). With that said, the expectation for her style to be on-trend is a given and she never seems to disappoint in that regard. Her looks range from funky separates to feminine dresses and always incorporate unique accessories or pixie prints and details. She is the epitome of the downtown girl who always has the perfect vintage piece to pair with an avant-garde staple. While she stays with the current silhouette trends (i.e. shorts with oversized jackets), she takes her cues from street chic and rare finds, making her outfits completely her own. She is the poster girl for “where did you get that?” dressing, with pieces like these high-waist black leather shorts with slashed hem detailing or this sweet little bo peep number that looks like it was pulled out of her grandmothers closet (perhaps it was?). Alexa colors her looks with trends like doctors’ bags or socks with stacked heels, but she rarely stays within the lines.

CAREY MULLIGAN

The adorable and talented Ms. Mulligan has an elegant style that makes her look timeless. Although only in her early twenties, Carey has the grace of a mature icon ala Audrey Hepburn. Take this lovely Vionnet gown that she wore to the BAFTA’s – most young and fresh actresses of her age would go for exposing more skin, but her classic taste allows for her to pull off elegance without looking old. But then there are times when Carey let’s her cute little pixy doo lead her to more modern looks, like in the case of this asymmetric coral silk dress, that she paired with strappy heels – very chic. One of my favorite looks from her is this cheery yellow summer dress, and the show stopping two toned heels. This outfit makes her look so comfortable and pretty, and reminds me of her similarity to the free-spirited model, Twiggy in the 1960’s.

ZOE SALDANA

As an ex-model and native New Yorker turned California girl, I’ve always thought that Zoe’s style exuded effortless chic with both casual and formal looks.  She has mastered an update to the “jeans and t-shirt” uniform that models wear when off the runway. Zoe uses her model frame to her advantage by rocking on-trend distressed slouchy boyfriend jeans paired with a trench, while still pulling off sexiness with a sheer tee for an otherwise classic look. What I love about the trench is that not only is it fitted, but it’s leather and in a hue that channels sophistication, but isn’t too serious. When one is famous, it is hard to step out without having a fashion twin, but Zoe’s choice of a delicate necklace or a vintage looking belt make her look personalized. For proper red carpet, Zoe chooses delicate and sometimes old Hollywood dressing. Her style is a nod to Jason Wu and the vanguard of young designers who are doing flirty yet elegant formal wear, but her youthful spirit attracts a shorter hemline and sweet princess frocks with a more edgy shoe selection. Take the platform Louboutin peep toes with just enough animal print trim to complete what could have otherwise been a tooth-ache of fairy bliss. Her Dominican roots may be the answer to her choice of eye-catching prints or baroque lace, but she seems to stay within a neutral palette, which makes her dressing refined.

NICOLE RICHIE

I feel like we have seen Nicole grow up right before our eyes, and her style has followed. With such a tiny frame, she used to bury herself in oversized jeans and tees when being photographed by paparazzi, but motherhood and going brunette have agreed with her. In these looks there has been a turn to more of a fitted sophistication. She has not fully departed from her boho chic staple kaftans, vintage Pucci-esq knits, and flowy print maxi frocks, but the way that she’s wearing her looks are more sensible, and less over-accessorized than before. She seems to have adopted a confidence in simplicity, which comes through in this sequined mini dress look. No jewelry needed, no skin showing, and simple black tights and heels is a mature statement from this ex-party girl (especially considering that it was worn on New Year’s Eve). By balancing classic silhouettes like this fitted flesh tone pencil dress, along with bangles, python pumps and arm cuffs, she is looking more like a rock stars wife than a socialite heir, which works well for her.  Even her jeans are getting slimmer, and are now being paired with heels, smart jackets and silk scarves. She continues to stay true to her hippie aesthetic by choosing round frame shades, which are a big trend now. Nicole is certainly growing into her style, but is grounded in the retro bohemian essence that never seems to go out of style for her.

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