Style Icons of 2014

I think we can all agree that 2014 was a pretty incredible year for celebrity fashion. Whilst we’ve witnessed the rise of some seriously savvy new stars, we’ve also seen others successfully maintain their style status. Impact looks back at some of our favourite fashionistas. 

Blake Lively


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve swooned over Blake Lively (and her husband and baby-daddy-to-be Ryan Reynolds too for that matter: the ULTIMATE celebrity couple). To me, Blake is the real-life version of my beloved childhood Barbie doll- except with infinitely better style. Her fashion choices merely enhance her beauty; she is one of the very few people who, in my opinion, always gets it right- there is really no such thing as an ‘off-duty’ look when it comes to Blake. I mean, just look at her street style: the woman is a superstar. Though a host of jaw-dropping dresses at the Cannes Film Festival were enough to steal my heart, the Gucci gown she wore to the 2014 Met Gala takes my pick as not only my favourite of Blake’s red carpet appearances, but is also my number one fashion moment of 2014. The epitome of glamour, girlishness and all-round gorgeousness, this goddess is my style icon of the year.

Tara Bell

FKA Twigs


FKA Twigs, for me, is the undisputed style icon of the year. The singer and performer has developed her own unique style and, in ways, has re-defined beauty. Referencing the 90’s but staying contemporary, she’s not afraid to be extravagant and out-there and it’s exciting! I can’t way to see what she does in 2015 both in terms of performance and fashion.

Eli Todorova

Olivia Palermo


Olivia Palermo shot onto my radar during the short-lived Hills spinoff The City. The details of the show soon faded from my memory but Olivia Palermo became my number one style crush. 2014 was an important year for her. She got married and wore a beautiful Carolina Herrera two-piece and wore her hair up in a ponytail. Her wedding outfit included a cream cashmere jumper and white shorts with a full tulle overlay. It flew in the face of every other over-the-top ‘My Big Fat Greek Gypsy Kardashian TV special’ wedding dress. It was such a refreshing difference that I’ve been obsessed with her style choices ever since.

Kimberly Nyamhondera

Taylor Swift


I think it’s safe to say there couldn’t be a Style Icons of 2014 list without it featuring Taylor Swift. She’s been an Impact favourite this year, featuring heavily on the Best list of our weekly Best and Worst Celebrity Styles, and I would argue that 2014 has been the year she has seriously proved her fashion worth. Taylor knows what works for her, enabling her to create a consistently polished look from head to heel every time. Her street style is largely vintage inspired and her wardrobe must contain an endless amount of miniskirts, shorts and blouses which she creates variety of stylish combos with. Yet, her red carpet attire is modern and fashion forward as she carries off high-end designer gowns with confidence. Also, any girl that can hold her own on the Victoria’s Secret Catwalk definitely deserves to be our icon- whether you like her style or not.

Zoe Williamson

Selena Gomez


To me a style icon is someone who’s style evolves and isn’t afraid to have fun with it, and so this year mine is Selena Gomez. She’s ditched the Disney child star image and has transformed into a sexy sophisticated women. Going from girl to woman in the public eye isn’t easy, but Selena makes it look effortless. With her beautiful skin tone, she can rock any colour and isn’t afraid to show off her killer figure.

Ike Denloye

Kate Moss


She might be an obvious choice but Kate Moss will always be my style icon and 2014 has been a fabulous year for the model. First she had yet another collaboration collection with high street giant Topshop, and then she was announced as contributing editor for Vogue and featured on the cover of the same. In addition to these major achievements, she rocked everything from a fur stola to Birkenstocks. Her effortless yet glamorous style is why she is my style icon, making me brave enough to wear the extraordinary.

Raphaela Ring

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One Comment
  • Pro Diversity
    5 January 2015 at 16:01
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    Have you noticed how every ‘style icon’ in your cover photo is a white, blonde, skinny woman? This theme is continued in your entire article. Fine, you have one woman of colour in this article but it’s hardly diverse as she still has what is an urealistic figure for many women. Perhaps Impact Style should focus on choosing a more inclusive range of women to look up to.

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