Kristen Stewart: A Reluctant but Real Style Icon

Kristen Jaymes (love that middle name!) Stewart was born on April 9, 1990, in the United States. She is probably best known for her film roles which include Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga film series, The Runaways, Snow White and the Huntsman and this year Clouds of Sils Maria. While she has film projects lined up for the future (including starring roles in Still Alice and Equals) she also has a reputation in the world of style and fashion: On 11 December 2013, Chanel announced that Stewart was its “new face” for a Western-inspired fashion collection.
This was no flash-in-the-pan knee-jerk quick-buck-making overnight venture. The campaign was shot by Karl Lagerfeld and was released online in May of this year. Subsequently Balenciaga released a new fragrance, Rosabotanica, with Stewart being the face of the brand.
So why Kristen Stewart? She is not the most, how shall we say it, natural poser on the red carpet or head-turner at events. But therein lies her secret. Whereas others we could name will immediately turn to face the sound of clicking cameras and cries of “over here miss!” and present a set pout or pose, Kristen will not. She will actually admit to being a bit of an awkward icon when in the shot of a lens, but therein lies her charm. Her naturalness. Her indifference is, well, different and refreshing. She actually makes black tie dressing look cool. And she takes risks. Do you recall the Zuhair Murad nude number she sported up for the LA premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. This was basically see-through lingerie masquerading as a frock. Very risky rather than risqué in anybody else’s catalogue, but because there’s a lot of goodwill and encouragement for someone who doesn’t follow the pack, she pulled it off bigtime! If you wanted another example of her poo-pooing of celebrity chic, there was an occasion when she matched up a truly jaw-dropping sheer Marchesa dress with a pair of really distressed trainers/sneakers. This on a red carpet- I kid you not!
Kirsten is a great fan of those difficult to get right jeans… the skinny jeans. But on Miss Stewart they look excellent when teamed up with a music tee shirt. In fact, when not at big events and red carpet bashes, it’s more fun to try and spot when she isn’t in her skinnies!
Another Kristen trade-mark, which she will decry as such and laugh it off, is her dressing in men’s clothes- usually her boyfriends’. This includes Vans, plaid shirts and Harrington jackets. If you are one of her boyfriends, then better check your wardrobe quick!
Kristen loves to mash things up and challenge you fashion-wise. The French would probably call it ‘jolie-laide’. I call it provocatively satisfying. In Dallas earlier this year at the Metiers d’Art fashion show, she presented us with Camel leather trousers, a grey cropped sweat shirt, and a different grey knit around the waist. On paper, that’s bad. But did it look bad? No! That’s because Kristen has an innate inner talent to mix ‘n muck about. She’s not trying too hard. In fact she’s not trying at all a lot of the time, but even when she wears a reverse peaked sports cap- so last decade it’s laughable, it looks cool and college-girl ace.
Good for Kristen Jaymes Stewart- a real style icon, even if she as pains to show reluctance in that field!

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