Each new year brings with it a fresh crop of style icons, It Girls, if you will. And from what they wear, to where they go, and who with—well, we just can’t get enough.
What makes an It Girl, though? It’s more than just great style. It’s about confidence, being comfortable in your own skin, and making trends work for you—not the other way around.
The past year has seen it’s fair share of It Girls, who taught us the power of styling of a tailored coat (thanks, Kendall Jenner!); how to master off-duty California cool (you too, Gigi Hadid!); and the most simple ways to mix color into your wardrobe, à la Victoria’s Secret Angel Martha Hunt, to name a few.
Now, as we close out the year, it’s prime time to get a head start on 2016’s ones-to-watch—and the eight women below have certainly got that magical It quality. Here are our predictions on the new year’s most promising style stars:
Why we love her: Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is most recently on our radar for her stunning performance in The Danish Girl. This classically elegant beauty strikes the perfect balance between red carpet-worthy gowns, slinky slip dresses for nights out, and off-duty denim looks to be envied. She got off to a strong start in 2015, and we see lots of potential for iconic looks to come.
Why we love her: The newest addition to a long line of Wonder Women, Gadot brings the sex appeal in more than just her on-screen bodysuit. Though her style is more refined than her superhero counterpart, she rocks everything from skinny leather pants to midi sheath dresses with effortless glamour.
Why we love her: Favoring colors, prints, ankle boots, and statement shoes, Temple is our modern bohemian girl-of-the-moment. Starring in HBO’s upcoming series, Vinyl, we can’t wait to see her out and about more regularly than we have in years past.
Why we love her: With a sister like supermodel Kate, it’s no surprise 17-year-old Moss has developed a style to be envied. Having made her Fashion Week debut in Paris this past March (she walked in the Sonia Rykiel show), her youthful off-duty style is eclectic and fun-loving, yet refined and relatable at the same time.
Why we love her: At 19 years old, this model to watch has already earned her wings—Victoria’s Secret Angel wings, that is. Part of one of the most coveted #squads out there right now, this Angel has mastered an edgy glamour that has date night perfection written all over it.
Why we love her: 14-year-old daughter of look-alike mother Cindy Crawford (You know: That little-known model you may have heard of…) it’s clear that Gerber has been blessed with some pretty awesome genes, if you ask us. With a penchant for casual cool, she’s been known to pair sneakers with everything from skinny jeans to cocktail dresses. Plus, she’s all set with a modeling contract. World, get ready for more Kaia!
Lily Rose Depp
Why we love her: Much like Gerber, the beauty genes run deep for Depp, who is the spitting image of mother Vanessa Paradis (she’s also daughter of Johnny Depp). With an ultra-elegant taste, Depp possesses a quirky take on fashion that we’ve come to be obsessed with, as her wardrobe runs the gamut from vintage dresses to cut-off denim; cropped T-shirts to embellished pencil skirts. Karl Lagerfeld is into her, too, as she made her first appearance on the Chanel runway this year, and stars in the brand’s eyewear campaign.
Why we love her: We were early fans of Ridley, and now, the fashion force is with her too. The Star Wars starlet’s off-camera looks include classic silhouettes in unexpected colors and textures, whether it’s a layered feather pencil skirt, two-tone tweed pantsuit, or patchwork midi dress.