Has there ever been a style icon as of-the-moment as Kristen Stewart? We've loved watching Stewart evolve from a hoodie-rocking teen to a risk-taking fashion maverick. But for every edgy choice we cheer (pairing a Yigal Azrouël minidress with Chucks, donning a tuxedo in Elle), her mainstream fans cry foul. Call us crazy, but we prefer Stewart's signature low-key, effortless mix of couture and kicks, to an updo and a smile. Call her look grunge luxe, but don't call it lazy: Stewart is the high priestess of don't-give-a-damn-glam.
We're not the only ones who adore Stewart's edgy side. Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière (no stranger to the high-fashion rebel look) made Stewart the muse for its new fragrance, Balenciaga Florabotanica — a bewitching scent that twists Turkish rose with hemp and vetiver roots for an addictive trail. The campaign has Stewart in full-on rebel mode, pairing a dress from Balenciaga's spring '08 collection with messy hair and combat boots. Some might say she needs a pair of heels, but we think her confidence and straight-ahead stare speaks volumes about her modern, fearless approach to fashion.
Do you have a question for our favorite fashion maverick? Then tune in to Balenciaga's website on October 18 at 3 p.m. EST for a live interview with Stewart. She'll be fielding questions from some very lucky fans (we want to know how she does that killer smoky eye). And if you're still not convinced the enigmatic actress deserves a place on our fashion icon list, we've put together a lookbook of our favorite Stewart style moments to sway you — along with the questions we're dying to ask. Check out her ever-evolving red carpet style ahead — and tell us this girl can't work Proenza and a pout.