Up and Coming Style Stars

By Erin Mayer , last updated December 30, 2011
2011 was the year of the starlet. We saw a whole crop of bright young stars on the cusp of fashion icon status. With their fresh, hip style choices that defy expectations, this set of up-and-coming celebrities is redefining what it means to be in style.

Chloe Moretz

The 14-year-old starlet is bold and trendy beyond her years. She seamlessly blends hot indie designers like Christopher Kane and SUNO with established fashion houses (Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana are favorites) and new-guard names such as Proenza Schouler. Chloe’s most memorable looks of 2011 had the perfect proportion of femininity and edge. At various events this year, she paired a sweet lacey cream frock with chic black cigarette pants for a funky twist on a red carpet classic, mixed sheer Valentino polka-dots with a leather skirt, and wore daring yellow-and-black lace trousers with a black moto-jacket and edgy shoes.

Elizabeth Olson

This Olson sister sports a very different brand of cool than her elder twin siblings. Rather than piling on hip layers, she opts for sleek evening looks by the likes of fashion greats Valentino, Chanel, and McQueen and also shows support for younger labels. Elizabeth Olson chose lots of floor-length showstoppers in 2011. Some of the most notable include and ultra-slinky beaded design with ‘20s flapper flare; a black piece from Mary-Kate and Ashley’s hot label, The Row, featuring a sequined top and thigh-high slit; and ERDEM’s splashy, Impressionist printed poppies. Her red carpet choices might be elegant, but the details give them a sense of sexy irreverence.

Elle Fanning

The younger Fanning’s star is on the rise and at age 13 she has more fashion flair than many women three times older. Her choices are mature-yet-youthful and she has a knack for carrying wearable art as nonchalantly as she would a blouse and jeans. Fanning has worn everyone from Marc Jacobs to Valentino to Rodarte, always going for ethereal confections with an off-kilter twist. Memorable looks from 2011 include the embroidered white Louis Vuitton frock with origami folds in the skirt, her long-sleeved white lace dress from the Alexa Chung for Madewell collection, and the fluffy pastel blue number by Marc Jacobs.

Shailene Woodley

The star of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of an American Teenager underwent a major career shift and is generating Oscar buzz for her performance alongside George Clooney in The Descendents. The maturity of her acting career led to mature-yet-playful fashion choices and Woodley pulled out all the stops on the red carpet this year. Her grown-up prom night style blends flirtatiously feminine classics, like a strapless floral Dolce & Gabbana number or pretty Prabal Gurung and Chrsitian Dior dresses, with frest new trends. Her standout look of the year was a slick black tuxedo pantsuit, also by Dolce & Gabbana, worn with pointy grey pumps and a youthful, rumpled side braid.

Look forward to seeing what these four lovely ladies shock and inspire us with in the up-coming year!

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