These 5 stars have all been called style icons because of their own unique fashion sense. Some say they don’t understand or deserve the title, while others have been surprised to be called a style icon. Alexa Chung believes it is far too early to call her a style icon, while Emma Watson says she loves fashion but mostly has fun when it comes to creating original outfits. Musician Beck says he was shocked to find that people actually like how he dresses.
Alexa Chung says it’s too early to call her a style icon because those who truly deserve it have gained that title over time: “It might be premature. I always think of icons as women from previous decades who demonstrated a finesse in the fashion industry for many years and accumulated the praise gradually, whereas that seems to be a label that was stuck on me overnight. It’s incredibly flattering but also quite daunting.”
Actress, model and director Sofia Coppola is often hailed for her classic, elegant style, but she believes she isn’t worthy of the title ‘style icon’: “I don’t think of myself in the way I think of Tina Chow or Diana Vreeland or someone I thought was stylish when I was a kid. I just don’t think about it.”
After winning an Elle Style Icon Award, Emma commented that she is in love with all things fashion: “It feels amazing. Fashion is something that I love. I try not to think about it too much. I try and block all that off and I just do what I love and just have fun with it. I’ve definitely been feeling the pressure a bit more recently but it’s just fun for me.”
Deborah Harry was surprised to find that people care about what she wears: “Just before Blondie got back together I started really noticing that attitude coming from people – the reverence for the image thing – and I was completely shocked by it. I hate the word ‘icon’. I don’t even know what that is, actually. I guess it’s a bit like a trademark so, in that respect, it’s successful marketing but, when it first started happening, it was really weird.”
Beck says that he started to dress in thrifted clothes on purpose, and was surprised to find that people actually admired his scruffy look: “I was doing everything I could to ruin my career, I would make this big mess of a noise and dress all downbeat. My look was kind of like a 12-year-old. That’s what I was told at the time. I didn’t have any money, so all I could afford were these really bad T-shirts from the 1970s. Within a couple of years people had kinda caught on.”