Up-And-Coming Style Icons To Follow Now | Clozette

These days, great style inspiration is literally just at our fingertips and that, in theory, you're always just a few taps away from discovering your next fashion muse. But that's not really the case, is it? Social media is littered with noise, and finding good, unique content is ironically harder than ever. To help you sift through the digital pile, we created a list of ladies whose style caught our eye. From rising actresses to emerging fashion influencers, keep reading to get to know these up-and-coming style icons.

Elle Fanning

We know, it's strange to think of Elle Fanning as an up-and-coming style icon when the actress first had her screen debut decades ago at age two. But arguably, the 21-year-old is just now coming into her own brand of style and it's blowing us away. From showing up at Cannes Festival wearing envy-worthy ensembles like the pastel pink pantsuit to her cute casual looks, Elle Fanning is proving to be a style icon in the making.

Sadie Sink

Stranger Things breakout star Sadie Sink was introduced to us as a second lead, but the actress is now making a name for herself and growing a solid fanbase of her own. She kickstarted 2019 on a good note by starring in Kate Spade New York's Spring/Summer 2019 campaign. And in red carpet events and fashion weeks this year, she's spotted wearing unforgettable eccentric ensembles. We're excited to see her fashion evolution as she grows into a young lady. She's truly one to watch out for!


YouTuber Ashley of the channel BestDressed is one of the promising fashion influencers these days. Amassing an impressive following — bordering on two million now — in just a few years, Ashley is on a steady path towards style stardom. Her videos consist of the traditional lookbooks, how-to style tips and some personal lifestyle content.

Waikei Tong

With a feed full of fresh, colourful looks, it's no surprise that Waikei's following has doubled since her New York days back in 2016. Aside from getting some serious style inspiration from her cute and carefree outfits, her Instagram can also serve as a mini travel guide for discovering the most Instagrammable spots in various destinations.

Sophia Roe

Discover fresh spins on the minimalistic style by following Sophia Roe. Based in the idyllic city of Copenhagen, stylist Sophia posts about details of her style and general minimalist aesthetic. But what separates her feed from other minimalist-themed ones is the experimentation with elements from other more flamboyant aesthetics while still maintaining that crisp, sleek feel we all love.

(Cover photo from: @waikeezy)

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The concept of cultural appropriation is always difficult to discuss. Unlike racism or sexism, which are often blatant and done with obvious malice, an offence that results from the act of cultural appropriation frequently sparks a debate rather than a straightforward verdict. With the exception of overt inappropriate practices such as wearing a traditional national dress as a costume and doing a heavy foreign accent while doing so, most instances of cultural appropriation are subtle and can feel ambiguous for most. 

In the fashion industry, the discourse is louder than ever. Many labels have been called out for and accused of cultural appropriation, but the sentiment is never unanimous. It's always an issue of whether someone is just taking inspiration from another culture or is simply stealing and disrespecting its collective identity. The latest label to be on the hot seat is the house of Carolina Herrera. 

Their Resort 2020 collection, made by newly minted Creative Director Wes Gordon, feature several designs carrying motifs that are said to directly stem from the Mexican culture. Admittedly, the brand has said that the collection is indeed a "tribute to the richness of Mexican culture". But the government of Mexico doesn't see it that way and has accused the fashion house of inappropriate usage of indigenous Mexican patterns and designs. 

In a letter addressed to the fashion house (originally published by Spanish publication El País), the Cultural Director of Mexico cited the white dress with the "brightly coloured animal embroideries that intertwine with flowers and branches," which she said is from the "community of Tenango de Doria," as one of the examples of cultural appropriation that's apparent in the collection. As of now, the house of Carolina Herrera has yet to release a statement on what reparations or additional actions would be done in response to the Mexican government's accusation. 

We all know that this is not the first time that a fashion label was called out for cultural appropriation. From the infamous Marc Jacobs dreadlocks controversy in his Spring/Summer 2017 show to Gucci's Turban piece, the industry is littered with insensitive practices. Despite this, the debate on whether using elements from another culture can be considered stealing or be passed as homage is still alive.

In a creative industry where you need to churn out new ideas every season, it can't really be avoided to take inspiration from other cultures — especially in the digital age. But designers shouldn't just take inspiration or 'pay tribute'  to a culture, they should also include members of the culture they're taking inspiration from as part of the conversation.  

(Cover photo from: @wesgordon)



Our Friday is looking lit! In today's Insider Roundup, we spill the deets on Japan's MOS Burger chain coming to Manila, a cult-fave eyebrow product adding new shades to their range, celebs reconciling over cookies and more. Make sure you scroll until the end so you don't miss anything.

Japan's MOS Burger is coming to Manila

Manila is looking like a hot spot for international fast food franchises this year, with Shake Shack's recent arrival and In-N-Out mounting a pop-up stall recently. Following their footsteps is Japan's MOS Burger, which is the second largest fast food chain in the Land of the Rising Sun just after McDonald's. Looking to officially open their doors to the Filipinos in March 2020, we're already looking out for their famed rice burgers that made waves on the internet a couple of years back.

Benefit Precisely My Brow releases four more shades

Earning fame for its easy-to-use ultra-fine tip that allows for precise and natural strokes, this pick favoured by many Benebabes also boasts 12 hours of budge-proof wear. Previously offered in eight shades in a range of browns, the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil now adds four more colours to its lineup. It's now the largest brow collection in the industry. Say hello to 2.5 (a neutral blonde), 2.75 (warm auburn), 3.75 (warm medium brown), and the unique Cool Grey, which is a versatile colour that can be used by people with naturally grey or white hair.

Is this the hottest — and weirdest — trend this summer? 

As if our list of weird trends isn't already overflowing, another one grabs the spotlight. Say hello to the Towelkini. That's right! Why bring a bikini and a towel to the beach when you can have both in just one item? It's getting mixed opinions online and in mainstream media, but the only question that matters to us is your answer to the question "Would you wear it?"

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry end longtime feud with... baked goods? 

After their five-year feud over backup dancers, a back-and-forth of shady songs, and just a whole lot of drama, it looks like things have been patched up between T. Swift and Katy Perry. Earlier this week, Katy posted a photo of cookies with the words 'peace at last' while tagging Taylor in her caption. Tay-tay responded with 13 beating hearts in the comments, showing us that all is indeed well. Is it too early to ask for a collab?