Celebrity fashion icons have varied roles. They act as influences on new trends, and also help to shape broader fashion appeals. Most fashion icons also deserve their status due to their willingness to take risks and experiment with various styles, while bringing other back into fashion. From royalty to up and coming actresses, and including some of the most long lasting fashion icons of the past few years, the top 10 celebrity fashion icons include:
Kate has been one of the undisputed fashion icons of the past few years, with her Royal Wedding to Prince William in 2011 cementing the fascination with her outfits. Her wedding dress sparked a revival of lace and mesh across different collections, while her outfit choices are scrutinised on a near daily basis for those looking to recreate her elegant designer and high street looks.
#2 Nicola Roberts
The Girls Aloud and solo singer has undergone something of a stylistic reinvention in the last few years, ditching some of the pale skin and red hair to experiment with honey blonde looks and extravagant variations on boho trends and prints.
#3 Lady Gaga
Difficult to get away from in terms of her consistent pushing of fashion boundaries, Lady Gaga has shocked and fascinated the fashion world in equal measures. From her meat dress to hair pieces and her Kermit the Frog dress, Lady Gaga is rarely boring.
Effortlessly stylish, even when heavily pregnant, Beyonce Knowles recently wowed audiences at New York's Met fashion show with a sheer dress, and has never been one to shy away from outfits that showcase her stunning figure.
#5 mila kunis
The actress has become a frequent feature of fashion magazines for her casual boho chic and shift dresses. Also regularly appears in vintage influenced styles and on trend maxi dresses.
#6 alexa chung
The presenter and journalist's style has run the gamut from tomboy to ultra feminine, and has particularly epitomised boho chic and unusual item choices. Particular items includes sweaters, cardigans, and unusual jewelry.
#7 Victoria Beckham
Long a fixture of style icon lists, Victoria Beckham deserves her inclusion for her particular ability to retain a distinct sense of her own style, and to successfully apply that to her own fashion label.
#8 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
This young British model and actress is the face of brands such as burberry Beauty, and has the distinction of being the only British model to be part of the Victoria's Secret Angels collection. Known for her super feminine glamour outfits. Huntingon-Whiteley is also one of the leading faces of boho chic.
#9 Felicity Jones
British actress Felicity Jones has recently worked with Dolce and Gabbana, and has also been seen in Proenza and Burberry. Influenced by street fashion, Jones also regularly appears in vintage styles.
#10 Cheryl Cole
Another long term style favourite and icon, Cheryl Cole's movement from girl group singer to fashion star has helped her to embody some of the most sought after looks in British fashion.
Matt Mynors is a freelance copywriter specializing in the Fashion industry, currently writing for ambitious startup company Rock.in on both Mens and Womens fashion.