While we’re tallying up your votes for Best of 2012, we thought we’d take a moment to show love to those style stars who shined this year, and who are poised to shut it down in the next. Whether you were fans of their looks (or not), it’s clear these ladies are set to make a huge splash on the fashion front in 2013.
Here are some of our picks:
1. Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks burst onto the scene in 2012 as fashion’s little hip-hop darling. After her video for ‘212’ went viral, the rapper became an overnight sensation and a source of inspiration for the fashion set.
Check her credentials: she performed for Karl Lagerfeld at his house in France, worked with Thierry Mugler Creative Director and Lady Gaga stylist Nicola Formichetti, attended the Met Gala on the arm of Alexander Wang, appeared in the designer’s T diffusion line campaign, made Vogue‘s 120 most stylish stars list, snagged a campaign with ASOS, and released a limited edition lip color for M.A.C. Phew! out of breath yet?
Not to mention, the rapper’s appeared in and covered countless fashion glossies this year.
It’s clear this is only the beginning for Ms. Banks. The ‘Liquorice‘ rapper is set to release her first album, with which will no doubt usher in more endorsements, more videos (hopefully styled by Mr. Formichetti!), and who knows– maybe a fashion or beauty collaboration or two. Either way, Banks’s kooky sense of style is set to not only improve on the red carpet, but possibly get more fun and experimental onstage.
We can’t wait to see what she serves up!
2. Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris enchanted us all with her effortless grace and beauty this year on the press tour for 007 Skyfall. We can all agree: the actress slayed and slayed again in looks from top designers like Stella McCartney, Chanel, Lanvin, and more. Thankfully, it looks like we haven’t seen the last of her!
Harris is set to star in a Nelson Mandela biopic alongside our collective imaginary husband Idris Elba. So you know what that means: more press tours and promotional appearances in even more fabulous ‘fits.
On a personal note, I’ve been hoping to see the beautiful Harris become a designer muse– maybe my wish will come true in 2013?
3. Teyana Taylor
You guys nominated Teyana Taylor for “Most Improved Fashionista” this year, and it’s clear to see why. The ‘Google Me‘ (remember that jam?) rapper has certainly managed to elevate her tomboyish personal style. We’ve seen Taylor experiment with street-chic ‘fits, rocking snapacks and baggy bottoms, flaunting her enviably toned midsection in her beloved midriff tops.
Next year is sure to be a big one for Taylor. Not only is she signed to Kanye‘s G.O.O.D. music label (which is sure to grant her access to some of Yeezy’s fave high-end designers), but she’s also collaborated with Adidas on a pair of sneakers that are admittedly hot. They’re due out February 16th.
So, what’s in Teyana’s future? Certainly more great outfits, and with this upcoming collaboration, there’s no doubt she’s got more up her sleeve for 2013.
4. Ashley Madekwe
Ashley Madekwe reminds us of that girl in high school whose style we always envied. How does she manage to look so effortlessly chic on a regular basis?
We fell in love with her style, and have (on more than one occasion) stalked her personal style blog Ashley Madekwe Ring My Bell to get a dose of her easy, breezy, cool-girl style.
We’re expecting to see more of Ash’s fab style this year. She is shining on ABC’s primetime mega-hit Revenge (who else is obsessed?), and her Ring My Bell blog is only going to get bigger.
5. Rita Ora
Love her, hate her, there’s no doubt Rita Ora‘s poised to be a huge style star. While she started the year giving us a ‘Riri taught me’ vibe, we’ve been happy to see her blossom into her own with the backing of her Roc Nation overlords.
She went from baggy sweats and Trapstar caps to sleeker, chicer duds from top designers. We’re talking Marchesa, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Emilio Pucci (by Peter Dundas, of course), Roberto Cavalli, House of Holland— the list goes on… and on!
With the US version of her album set to drop this year, it’s clear we will be seeing a lot more of Ora in 2013. And who knows? With her RocNation connects and popularity in the UK, maybe we’ll be treated with a design or makeup collab from the singer. Only time will tell…!
And there you have it! Our picks for style stars to watch next year. Who topped your list?
Stay tuned tomorrow for Fashionista of the Year!