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DRESS LIKE
THE WORLD’S
MOST STYLISH
WOMEN

Get the Look

DRESS LIKE
THE WORLD’S
MOST STYLISH
WOMEN

As London Fashion Week begins, take your cues from the magazine editors and stylists who sit on the front row. Here’s how to work out their winning style formulas

 

Dressed-down cool: Emmanuelle Alt

The formula: quality essentials + confidence = effortless chic

French Vogue’s editor-in-chief () personifies Parisian cool. “Forget trendy designer labels,” she says. “[Think] jeans, a sweater or a T-shirt worn under a jacket that seems welded to you. When it’s just right, when you don’t see the effort, it’s irresistible.”

Quirky chic: Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert

The formula: bold colour + unexpected silhouettes = playful femininity

Stylist-extraordinaire, Milan-born Giovanna () has been working in the fashion industry since she was 17. Consulting for brands such as Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana, she is known for her natural ability to mix sophisticated, eye-catching pieces with a playful spirit. “I always say too much is never enough – it’s my favourite saying.”

If, like Giovanna, you’re colour-blocking head-to-toe, see how she’s paired a statement skirt with a simple T-shirt. The effect is cool but considered.

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Smart & feminine: Anna Wintour

The formula: nipped-in-waist + midi hemlines = pure sophistication

Dame Anna Wintour () has been at the helm of American Vogue for nearly 30 years, so naturally she knows a thing or two about dressing for big occasions. Her look is pristine – but she’s thrifty too and a huge advocate for wearing the same outfit numerous times. “Recycle. It’s totally OK. I even recommend it,” she says. Her uniform consists of flattering dresses and skirts, statement patterns (you’ll never see her in head-to-toe black) and, of course, a pair of sunglasses.

The key is to keep it simple. If you’re wearing a standout dress or trying a new print, pare back the accessories. If you’re keen to look smart, polished and elegant, Anna’s is the look for you.

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Easy sophistication: Caroline Issa

The formula: wardrobe staples + wow-factor accessories = grown-up glamour

When she’s not designing clothes, Caroline is consulting for brands and heading up the fashion team at cult bi-annual magazine Tank. A true advocate for classic style with a twist – usually an amazing bag or shoes – she has also become a certified street-style favourite. “There’s real power in accessories,” she says. “Great footwear or a statement set of earrings is a definite confidence booster.”

Caroline’s look is ideal for the office – sleek and sophisticated but with a dose of personality. Next time you’re in a rut about your working wardrobe, try adding a look-at-me bag – it will give even black trousers and a white shirt a new lease of life.

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Photographer: Getty Images and Jason Lloyd Evans

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