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Designers design it, celebs make it work
Posted March 28, 2008
Erin Konrad
Arts Editor

I would probably consider myself to be a fashionista. Of course, I don’t spend that much money on clothes and I only fantasize about purchasing couture, but I love to keep up on the newest trends and dream about the day when I can actually purchase a real Chloe bag and not a knock-off.

One of the most important aspects of fashion is the movers and shakers—the designers. However, it is the stars wearing their styles that ensure their designs make it from the runway to the streets. Here are 10 of my favorite fashion inspirations:

1—Mary-Kate Olsen
. Some would argue that her boho look leans more towards inspiration from the homeless than from hot designers, but I’ve always found her style to be original and fun. Her casual looks, always completed with stiletto Manolos or Balenciaga platforms, take low-key pieces like a shirt from American Apparel to make her outfit completely unique.

2—Rachel Bilson
. This girl took her preppy “O.C.” vibe and balanced it with vintage pieces to remain completely adorable whenever she’s out on the town.

3—Adam Brody. He’s one of my favorite guy inspirations because he’s so totally unassuming. He was the one who brought back the cardigan for guys and made Converse and slip-on Vans more than just a uniform for the California surfer.

4—Kanye West. I’ve never heard of anyone so arrogant—except he’s actually a really fine dresser. He spends an enormous amount of time getting the details right, so his argyle outfits make him look surprisingly acceptable for hip-hop, instead of for the putting green.

5—Nicole Richie. I don’t care about who she’s dating or why she looks sickeningly thin all the time. I just care that she continues to make the perfect choices when dressing. Her leopard scarf trend can be seen on tons of starlets, and she always looks amazingly glamorous when she hits the red carpet.

6—Johnny Depp
. Of course, he’s an odd duck, but his fashion choices are always interesting and exciting. What other guy can pull off scarves and eyeliner without looking totally ridiculous?

7—Sarah Jessica Parker
. Who hasn’t tried to copy at least one of Carrie’s looks from “Sex and the City?” While they weren’t always the most wearable choices, Parker has always refused to play it safe. That’s why her style is inimitable. While those have tried with flower broaches and nameplate necklaces, Parker will always have knockout clothes.

8—Rihanna. She has perfected the urban hip-hop girl mixed with glamour. Her many drastic haircuts in the last couple of months have solidified her as a genuine trendsetter. Although not all of her outfits are strokes of fashion genius, she has proved to be daringly creative. Move over Beyonce, there’s a new diva in town.

9—Cate Blanchett. She is by far my favorite of the red-carpet dressed celebrities. She’s never worn a gown that was ugly or unflattering. She knows what works and she sticks with it.

10—Natalie Portman
. Admirable mainly for the fact that she has just put out her own line of vegan footwear, but also because she is a conscious dresser, never coming out of the house wearing anything PETA would disapprove of. She’s unique without being over the top.

Erin Konrad, a junior journalism major, is arts editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at