FASHION ICONS OF 2020
As much as 2020 held many –many- negative surprises, there is one thing we were happy to see: a wave of excitement for a broader, more welcoming and less stereotyped definition of beauty and style. That’s why our pick for the 10 most influential people in fashion this year includes celebs that did more than just look stylish: they helped redefine an aesthetic, or made waves for bold, unconventional choices that helped break with past standards of what fashion should be. These celebrities were selected based on their relevance, media exposure and social media presence; and since we are at Stylight, we threw in a little extra data for you, analysing the average monthly Google searches these icons received worldwide in 2020.
2020 was hard, so we turned to one person to make our days better: Harry Styles, the Internet’s unofficial boyfriend. Thanks to his genderless, 70s inspired style, he has helped redefine the notion of masculinity in fashion. In 2020, Harry Styles was searched more than 6 million times a month on Google, which is +234% more searches compared to 2019.
All hail queen Zendaya: not only is she an extremely talented actress, who in 2020 has become the youngest Emmy winner in the history of the award; she is also incredibly fashion forward, able to pull off innovative, stylish looks – remember the Tom Ford “boob armour” that went viral? Her sense of style and relentless activism has earned her the Green Carpet Fashion Visionary Award. No wonder her name was googled over 4 million times a month in 2020.
Kate never stopped being a style icon, but this year she really had a major comeback. In 2020 we saw her wearing some of the most viral looks of the year, from her reused Alexander McQueen gown, to the floral dress by Faithfull the Brand, which right after the appearance grew by +390% in clicks on Stylight. Her mix of affordable brands, sustainable labels and high-end designers makes her a true millennial fashion idol: in 2020, her name was googled over 2.7 million times a month.
Aside from being an incredibly talented artist, Billie Eilish also helped redefine what femininity in fashion means; namely, whatever a woman wants it to be! With the intent of reclaiming her own body, she made oversized clothing her signature style; and then flipped the script by wearing tight clothing in the short film “Not My Responsibility” (because yeah, she should be able to wear whatever she wants!). Since 2019, searches for her name have not increased – but remain high at over 13 million per month on average.
Charlie & Dixie D’Amelio
When it comes to influential personalities of 2020, these TikTok stars are bound to be on the list. The two sisters fully embody the Gen Z aesthetic: crop-tops, distressed denim, tie-dye everywhere. Searches for the D’Amelio sisters have grown exponentially (over 1000%) in 2020 vs 2019.
Hailey Bieber’s mix of edge and comfort has made her a true 2020 fashion inspiration: always on trend, everything she wears is destined to be copied by fashionistas around the globe (admit it, you’ve wanted her signature Celine sunnies since day 1!) Google searches for “Hailey Bieber style” have increased by 816% in 2020 vs 2019.
Megan Thee Stallion
Not shy of controversy, Megan Thee Stallion, the queen behind hits like “Savage” and “WAP”, is never afraid to pull off bold looks on- and off- stage. Her style? “Classy, bougie, ratchet”: no wonder searches for Megan on Google grew by 235% vs 2019.
Paloma Elsesser is one of the most wanted models in the business. A great spokeswoman for women of color and plus size women, she’s walked for the likes of Fendi, McQueen, and Lanvin. She’s one to watch: her name has been googled almost 3x more in 2020 compared to 2019 (+178%).
Ellie Goldstein, British model with Down Syndrome and Gucci muse, had to be in our top 10 of the year! At a time where the world is longing for a more broad definition of beauty, Ellie is paving the way for unconventional beauty standards in mainstream fashion & media. We love her: Google searches for her name have increased by more than 1000% in 2020.
Emily in Paris
However fictional, Emily in Paris (aka Emily Cooper) has made waves this year: her style, defined by some as “desperately fashionable”, has divided the world, with searches amounting to around 50,000 a month for this controversial fashion icon. On Stylight, we saw a peak of +30% clicks for Chanel worldwide in the week following the release of the series.