Top 25 style icons of the season

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Can you feel the frenzy of fashion week season fast approaching? Well to ease you in gently, we've rounded up our favourite 25 faces of the moment that are taking the fashion world, one catwalk at a time. From artists and novelists to film starlets and the occasional blogger, click on to see who made the cut...

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  • Giovanna Battaglia

    We know Italians don't do things by halves and editor of L'Uomo Vogue, Giovanna Battaglia, is no exception. Her head-to-toe designer looks seem to come hot off the runway but if you look a little closer, she's seasons ahead in her style.

  • Zadie Smith

    Indisputably one of the biggest book releases of the year, Zadie Smith served up NW after a seven year hiatus - and what a corker of a novel it is. Not only did we realise how much we had missed Zadie's idiosyncratic way of writing, we had also missed her style - from the specs and smart casual tailoring, to her unique ability to rock a turban. Serious style points indeed.

  • Florence Welch

    Granted Florence Welch's sartorial choices are often for the braver souls in fashion - but with her ethereal voice and as a serious champion of British fashion houses, we're giving her top marks.

  • Jessica Chastain

    We knew we were onto a winner when we interviewed starlet Jessica Chastain last year, to tie in with the release of The Tree Of Life. Her alabaster skin and fiery red hair give this actress a timeless presence in the style stakes - not to mention her ever-blossoming Hollywood career.

  • Blake Lively

    A pro at red carpet dressing, Blake Lively can switch effortlessly between off-duty bohemian ensembles and old school Hollywood glamour on the red carpet. What's more, she's also the new face of Gucci's Premiere fragrance so expect the Gossip Girl star to be everywhere this season.

  • Cara Delevingne

    The youngest of the Delevingne sister trio, Cara Delevingne single-handedly put the defined brow back on the beauty map and is the ultimate muse for Burberry's creative director Christopher Bailey.

  • Garance Doré

    If you aren't already a fan of Garance Doré's blog, check it out here and you soon will be - this fashion illustrator-cum-blogger-cum-writer has a serious following in the world of street style. With her trademark top knot and lick of red lipstick, not to mention the dishy boyfriend, you'll either want to be her or be her best friend.

  • Jessie Ware

    Jessie Ware has been the darling of the summer festival circuit and with good reason too. The London singer has wooed critics with her bitter sweet tunes and directional style. And with best mates like Adele and Tinie Tempah, we're expecting big things from her following the release of her stunning debut album Devotion.

  • Solange Knowles

    The younger Knowles sister has been quietly carving out some serious fashion credentials for herself. When she's not behind the decks spinning tunes at some of the biggest shows during fashion week season, Solange Knowles has been walking the catwalk herself (for Alberta Ferretti and Madewell). A model sister indeed.

  • Alice Eve

    She made waves for her turn as a bad-ass agent in Hollywood blockbuster Men in Black III but we're also coveting actress Alice Eve's bouncy blonde locks and her girl-next-door charm.

  • Gwen Stefani

    No Doubt came back this summer with Push and Shove, their first studio album in 11 years. Chances are all eyes for the next few months will be glued to front woman (and super-mum) Gwen Stefani. Peroxided hair never looked so cool.

  • Hanneli Mustaparta

    Hanneli Mustaparta, Norway's best fashion blogger, also knows how to put a beautiful outfit together. Whether it's a pair of monochrome Celine pyjamas or this romantic Valentino number, her style is always polished and effortless - two style icon fundamentals.

  • Iris Apfel

    Iris Apfel continues to prove that you're never old to live and breathe fashion. Her colourful yet fashion forward outfits have made her the grand doyenne of New York's fashion scene and long may she continue to reign!

  • Keira Knightley

    Keira Knightley certainly knows how to land a killer role - whether it's playing a young and impressionable psychiatric patient in A Dangerous Method or taking the star lead in the gorgeous new adaptation of Anna Karenina. With two major films under her belt in less than a year, it seems that Keira's star style is in the spotlight once again.

  • Lara Stone

    A modern day Brigitte Bardot and darling of the catwalks, Lara Stone flies the flag for true scandi-style, with a simple, minimalistic approach to dressing and curves that defy the modern model stereotype. Lara, we salute you.

  • Leandra Medine

    Another blogger that's fixed on our radar is Man Repeller creator Leandra Medine. If coining terms like 'arm candy' wasn't enough (read: LOTS of bangles and bracelets heaped on top of one another), her quirky, tongue-in-cheek approach to fashion is refreshing and a bloody good read.

  • Lulu Kennedy

    Lulu Kennedy has long been dubbed the fairy godmother of fashion. When she's not out flying the flag for British fashion alongside best mate Richard Nicoll and Louis Gray, Lulu also holds the role of editor-at-large of fashion bible LOVE magazine and was awarded an MBE earlier this year for her services to fashion. That's some serious multi-tasking.

  • Quentin Jones

    Fashion illustrator and animator Quentin Jones hit the headlines this year for creating an oh-so-sweet trailer for Victoria Beckham's diffusion line. The Cambridge graduate can pack a punch on the red carpet too - sporting bold graphic print dresses and quirky accessories (check out the nifty Minnie mouse ears opposite).

  • Rachel Weisz

    Classic elegance on the red carpet comes courtesy of Rachel Weisz this season. Sporting a creation from Raf Simons' debut collection for Dior at the premiere of The Bourne Legacy this summer, Rachel shows how a simple, clever LBD can still deliver a knockout.

  • Rita Ora

    Fashion and music make a natural pairing so it's hardly surprising that Rita Ora ticks both boxes. The young songstress - signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label - may well be Britain's answer to Jay's other ingénue, Rihanna.

  • Roksanda Ilincic

    Roksanda Ilincic's beautiful dresses have been worn by everyone from the Duchess of Cambridge and Samantha Cameron to Emma Stone and Rooney Mara, so the designer herself knows a thing or to about personal style. With their lady-like silhouettes and brilliant craftmanship, we're lusting after every Roksanda look for AW12.

  • Stella McCartney

    2012 has been a truly Stella year. After nabbing the title of Red Carpet Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2011, the designer went on to present one of her most covetable collections for AW12 back in February, gave a star-studded presentation dinner with entertainment that included a levitating Alexa Chung and designed the iconic sports kit donned by Team GB throughout the summer Olympics. We predict she'll be going for gold this season with her SS13 show...

  • Tennessee Thomas

    Drummer in cult indie group The Like and fashionable DJ, Tennessee Thomas' rockabilly style has quickly won over the critics. The British-born star is most often spotted stateside hanging out with chums like Alexa Chung and Leith Clark, while her taste in designer wares can range from Charles Anastase to Chanel. It's the fashion dream people.

  • Victoria Beckham

    From shy pop star to one of fashion's most in-demand designers, Victoria Beckham has carved an empire for 'Brand Beckham'. The consummate professional, her designs have won critics over for their craftsmanship and innovation and also bagged her a British Fashion Award in 2011 - a sign of huge things to come, we think.

  • Yayoi Kusama

    After a sell-out exhibition at London's Tate Modern this year, all eyes were firmly fixed on artist Yayoi Kusama. If her kaleidoscopic polka dot installations weren't enough (not to mention the hugely exciting collaboration with Louis Vuitton recently launching), just check out that cherry red bob. We're mesmerized.