By Brittany Keeton
We all look at celebrities for inspiration and have those few that are #Goals. The question is, ”Where do they get THEIR inspiration?” Well most celebrities fall into one of three fashion categories: innovator, leader and follower. Now, so you can keep it straight, innovators usually don’t draw inspiration from a certain person, they create trends and inspire others. Leaders follow the innovators’ lead, but bring lots of attention to the style. People watch them and wait for their approval, then copy what leaders do. Followers follow mainstream trends and are in style, but never ahead of the style game.
True innovators are hard to find these days but we found some iconic ones in Stevie Nicks and Siouxsie Sioux. Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks was the bohemian queen who made the top hat trendy for women in the 70’s. Across the pond in the 80’s, Siouxsie Sioux was introducing the androgynous Punk vamp style. Recent innovators that have shook up the pop culture world are Lady Gaga and Kanye West. From 2009-2014 Lady Gaga’s picture could have been next to the word outrageous in the dictionary. We all remember her meat dress she wore in 2010. Lady Gaga doesn’t care what people think. She lets her style define her. Kanye is creating ground-breaking trends in street wear with his Yeezy collection. He’s even making a sweatshirt a trendy item now.
Fashion Leaders come into play next. The popular leaders today are Gigi Hadid, Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo. Gigi Hadid is the hottest “It Girl” in the modeling industry right now. Every blog and website reported what she was wearing during fashion week. Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo are always in the know and follow the trends just before they hit mainstream. Alexa Chung has friends in high places: she is a contributing editor at British Vogue and partnered with many brands, most recently with UGG serving as their art director. Olivia Palermo isn’t running low on the influential friends either. Olivia is a socialite and her style is constantly being watched. She is a real life Blair Waldoff.
On the topic of New York “It Girls”, Taylor Swift is considered a fashion follower. She is always on trend but she isn’t ground breaking. I would describe her style as an edgy take on ‘Hamptons Prep’. Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens would fit in the follower category. Selena is wearing the latest trends but she isn’t the first to break the trend. Vanessa’s style is classic boho chic but you don’t see her in the style news much.
Do you know what category you fall into? Do you wish you were an innovator? Well step out of your comfort zone and start making statements with your clothing. Not that bold? That’s ok, draw some inspiration from your favorite celebrities and be the first in your friend group to rock a new look like Gigi and Alexa. Being a fashion follower is totally fine as well, it’s working well for T-Swift.
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