For GentleWoman, Fashion Courier presents the 8 most interesting it-girls and influencers to follow on Instagram in 2023. They are exceptional women who provide an inspiring dose of styling ideas on a daily basis, as well as sharing their unique approach to the world of fashion.
Table of Contents:
- It-Girl in 2023 – what does the term mean in modern times?
- Tina Kunakey – more than just Vincent Cassel’s wife.
- Lyn Slater – stylish regardless of age!
- Camille Charriere – what is the style of a Parisian woman in London?
- Brenda Weischer – the definition of Berlin grunge style.
- Amanda Murray – who is the woman driving fashion in New York?
- Lara Violetta – a feisty fairy in a tweed Chanel jacket.
- Sophia Roe – feminine minimalism in a new edition.
- Liana Satenstein – a trendsetter who will suggest what vintage handbag will be the biggest hit of the next season.
It-Girl in 2023
Deadline it-girl emerged in the early 20th century, when Hollywood actresses were becoming an obsession with audiences – reigning on the silver screen as well as off it. It is said that Clara Bow, an icon of silent cinema, was the first it-girl in history: she inspired women across America with her exuberant lifestyle and intriguing style. More than a century later, Instagram and other social media have created a whole new generation of it-girls who dictate trends and fascinate with their unique aesthetics. These extremely stylish women don’t just shop in vintage stores for archival Prada handbags or filter through new collections in search of the next big thing. They also educate their observers (we’re talking a few thousand, as well as millions of followers) about protecting the environment, fighting discrimination against sexual minorities, and are eager to address such stigmatized topics as in-vitro and taking care of mental health. They know the history of fashion, consult the biggest fashion brands in terms of image, and create new trends that end up in chain stores within weeks and high-fashion designer shows within months. Specially for GentleWoman, Fashion Courier takes a look at 8 exceptional women from around the world to follow on Instagram for daily fashion and lifestyle inspiration.
The world media has meticulously followed Tina Kunakey’s every move since she became Vincent Cassel’s wife in 2018. Unfortunately, journalists are more often more interested in baselessly criticizing her relationship with a French actor thirty years her senior than in writing about her charismatic persona and important influence on French fashion. Kunakey is a brand ambassador for Alaia, as well as a friend and muse of Simon Porte Jacquemus, a designer who is redefining French style like no other. On her Instagram you’ll find paradisiacal postcards from Sao Paulo, the city that inspires her in terms of color, nature and the temperament of city life, as well as unfussy shots from Paris fashion shows. Every now and then, Cassel himself flashes on her aesthetically delightful frames as well. Tina’s style can be described as a balance of timeless classics – such as the juxtaposition of a white men’s shirt with beige chinos – and sophisticated sex appeal (the fashionista loves vintage creations from Vivienne Westwod as well as elongated silhouettes straight from the Rick Owens or Saint Laurent shows).
70-year-old Lyn Slater proves that it is possible to look stylish regardless of age. The fashion blogger has won a multi-generational fan base on Instagram thanks to her distinctive taste and fashion-forward styles that are a harmony of monochromatic elegance and artistic, even conceptual nonchalance. A university professor and social worker by day, Lyn is not at all interested in stereotypical articles in magazines titled “The world’s best. “What women over 60 should wear.” She completely ignores these made-up rules; she much prefers to carelessly play with fashion. Leather dresses with buff sleeves, pleated sets from Issey Miyake, floral 80s-style creations… the list of Lyn’s favorite styles is really long and will undoubtedly inspire you. Slater started her blog and Instagram account after she met with a friend before a fashion show and was unexpectedly bombarded by camera flashes. “I was surrounded by fashion photographers who took pictures of me, thinking I was some kind of fashion person,” she – she told the Huffington Post. “It was all really very random.” Hence her fashion nickname: Accidental Icon (“accidental icon“).
A Parisian living in London, Camille Charrière is the definition of an it-girl in 2023. Although she started her career as a lawyer, today she is a podcaster, creative consultant and designer, and her style is a fantastically eclectic mix of current trends and the French je ne sais quoi. This girl is a master at embodying the balance between English extravagance and Parisian naturalness. On top of that, she has an ironic sense of humor and an adorable kitty named Ravioli, who fits in perfectly with her Instagram feed full of satin Miu Miu ballerinas and vintage dresses with the John Galliano label (which Camille searches out in stylish second-hand shops in the Notting Hill neighborhood). Following her on Instagram, we see that Charrière can be a sexy party girl in a Magda Butrym sheepskin coat or Saint Laurent dress one day, and a tomboyin an over-sizeMango coat (sourced from her capsule collection for the brand) the next. We love it!
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Brenda Weischer is my favorite influencer from Berlin – although the word “influncer” is not tolerated. A creative consultant and owner of a carefully (and beautifully) curated fashion platform called Disruptive Berlin, Weischner is a fan of dark, avant-garde style with a hint of urban grunge. In her closet you will find primarily one color: black. He pairs silk skirts from Ann Demeulemeester with Maison Margiela’s iconic “Tabi” heels, and styles Peter Do coats with archival belts from John Galliano’s shows for Dior. Brenda is fearless in her quest to create an open, inclusive and unique community that talks candidly about the fashion industry. Watching her during fashion weeks, one can expect merciless yet entertaining reviews of fashion shows and new collections. For the Berlin-based magazine 032c, he conducts candid interviews with the most prominent members of the fashion world who are worth knowing.
Since moving from London to New York’s Brooklyn more than 10 years ago, Caribbean-born Amanda Murray has become a true trendsetter. “I went through a very painful breakup and one day I thought: I’m moving to New York and I’m going to live my best life like the women from ‘Sex in the City.’ I will become a black version of Carrie Bradshaw, he recalls in an interview. Working in the luxury fashion industry in London, she felt she was being slowed down by the restrictions on development that affect and discriminate against black women in the UK. As of today, Murray is the most in-demand creative consultant among fashion brands in New York, and there are indeed many fans of her authentic style (a platform of nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram certainly proves it!). Designers listen to her constructive feedback, and her everyday styles (such as pairing floral Dries Van Noten coats with Junya Watanabe tulle skirts or going out to the grocery store in a Christopher John Rogers ball gown) generate considerable excitement and regularly make the pages of American editions of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Murray is not afraid to play with fashion and encourages others to do so. She combines brands that are radically different in terms of aesthetics; she experiments with challenging cuts; and she is not afraid of seemingly “strange” color combinations. Watching Amanda on Instagram is a daily dose of fashion stories and exclusive news from the fashion industry. New Yorkers have it worse: if a handbag or a pair of stilettos shows up on her Instagram accounts, they are sold out in just a few hours at Bergdorf Goodman – her favorite shopping address.
Lara Violetta’s style stole the hearts of street-style photographers at the recent Paris fashion week. The influencer’s long, ash blonde hair goes hand in hand with her signature style of a feisty fairy. Violetta is the chief representative of the #Y2k aesthetic (i.e. fashion obsession with the 2000s): On her Instagram we see pastel styles consisting of loose hoodies and feminine ankle-length skirts, as well as huge down jackets worn with equally over-sizepants. She breaks up the elegance of tweed outfits from Chanel with rubber wellingtons and striking glitter makeup. Influenced by her daily styles, one is tempted to want to purchase the huge sunglasses from Rick Owens….
Sophia Roe, an influencer and designer based in Copenhagen, is an advocate of feminine minimalism – but with a new twist. On her beautifully managed feed you’ll find mostly black-and-white styles consisting of loose shirts, voluminous jackets, seductive slip-dresses and timeless accessories (she loves vintage Chanel handbags, which are a better investment than gold). Unlike the iconic it-girls from Scandinavia – such as Pernille Teisbaek, who is followed by nearly 1.5 million users – Roe’s style is more spontaneous and casual than cool and meticulously thought out. For summer, we’re sneaking a casual styling patent from her: a classic white t-shirt, white jeans (or linen pants), leather accessories and round 1960s glasses. Simply nothing to add, nothing to take away!
If you need a fashion prediction of what will be fashionable next season, ask Liane Satenstein. The former Vogue journalist with Ukrainian roots can predict like no one else which handbag from a few decades ago will return to favor (she is credited with the new interest in the Saint Laurent “Mombasa” bag, forgotten for years). Recently, she even launched a fashion trend for the iconic GAP striped turtleneck, which last made waves in… 2003. Satenstein finds fashion inspiration in Madonna’s 90s music videos or the off-duty style of Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas. It also hints at who to follow on social media for daily fashion news. On her Instagram, Liana conducts entertaining live broadcasts with famous New Yorkers, looks at their closets and together they debate successful (as well as unsuccessful!) fashion acquisitions from years ago.
At GentleWoman‘s editorial team, we value unique style and an unconventional approach to fashion. In our opinion, the aforementioned it-girls and influencers provide just that on a daily basis on their creatively run, Instagram profiles. We strongly encourage you to take a peek into their worlds!
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