The 8 London It Girls Inspiring Us Right Now

Alexa and Poppy have jumped across the pond, Peaches is more into prams than the party circuit, and even Pippa seems to be laying low at the mo. One might almost think that the London It Girl has become extinct — but then, one would be totally wrong.
Truth is, when it comes to ladies with serious moxie, style, and power, London's cup runneth over. To prove that point, we've rounded up some of the city's newest, most inspiring female powerhouses, from fashion bloggers and style muses to designers and artists, to musicians, moguls, and brainy businesswomen.
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This next generation of It Girl does more than just swig champagne and pose for Tatler — not that there's anything wrong with that, either. They're sweeping us away with their inspirational style, business smarts, overwhelming talent, creative spark, and enviable energy.
Click through to meet the London ladies who are rocking our world right now, and get to know their style picks for the season ahead!
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Mirian Kihogo, celebrity stylist and consultant

With her signature look of prints-on-prints, headscarves and turbans, bold jewellery, and a pop of bright lipstick, it's no wonder Kihogo has become a street style star. Though she caters to celebrity clients and top fashion brands, readers of her eponymous blog can be privy to her fashion musings and inspirations. Speaking of which ...

"I am totally blaming the fall '12 collections by the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, J.W. Anderson and Prada for my current style obsession," she tells Refinery29. "I affectionately call it 'bottom layering' — think layering of clever proportions focusing on the bottom half of the body. Layering (my first love!) is no new kid on the block, but this particular new angle on it and the focus on the body from the waist down makes it feel fresh."

Photo: Credit Hannan Saleh courtesy of Marian Kihogo
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Pandora Lennard, stylist and fashion editor for Tank

Her hair colour may be quick to change, but one constant we can count on is Lennard's devotion to bold fashion choices and helping to create some of the most invigorating fashion editorials around. Her personal blog is a testament to style muses as diverse as Gwen Stefani's bindi art to Asia Argento's tattoos, but we think her own cut-loose taste is just as inspiring, no?

Photo: Courtesy Pandora Lennard
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Elizabeth Lau, designer

You may not know Elizabeth Lau, but chances are good you know her cousin, one Susie Lau, aka Susie Bubble. Apparently adventurous style runs in the family, because Lau, a fashion designer who's recently collaborated with ASOS, is certainly no slouch in the fashion department, tending to favour her own fun knitwear, heart-shaped sunnies, and patterned tights.

"My current style obsessions are big 1960s vintage sunglasses and quirky trousers with interesting cuts and quirky details," she tells us. "I just snagged a pair of Comme des Garcons, erm, half trousers/half skirt which I can't wait to wear."

Photo: Courtesy Elizabeth Lau
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Caroline Issa, Tank editor and style muse

It just wouldn't be London Fashion Week without seeing this Canadian-born editor and muse brightening up the front row. Issa's stunning looks come courtesy of a Lebanese father and Chinese mother, but her designer-laden wardrobe is all her own. Naturally, the J.Crew model and L.K. Bennett collaborator already has her eye on adding to her stash for the coming season.

"For spring '13, there was so many great looks that came down the runway I want to try — and many of them came from younger designers and labels that deserve a lot of support," she tells us. "I'm looking forward to wearing Emilio De La Moreno's multicoloured skirts, Barbara Casasola's long dresses, Palmer/ Harding white shirts, and Holly Fulton's transparent rain coat with embroidery!"

Photo: Via Patrick McMullan
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Carmen Busquets, founder of CoutureLab and GiftLab

Meet London's e-commerce queen. A native of Venezuela, Busquets has had a hand in launching some of the web's most beloved fashion sites. The elegant blonde was the major founding investor of Net-a-Porter, has invested in luxury sites like Moda Operandi, Mayet, and Astley Clarke, and is the founder of CoutureLab, which specialises in a sharply curated assortment of rare, handcrafted designer finds. These days the fashion mogul — a whiz at pairing killer black dresses with statement jewellery — is focusing on the recent launch of GiftLab.com, the covetable gifting site which made our holiday shopping a total breeze.

Her picks for spring '13? Rick Owens' silk georgette biker jackets, Alaia's "very feminine" broderie Anglaise dresses with flared skirts, Mary Katrantzou's notes and stamps-printed dresses, and handcrafted statement clutches and jewellery from Bea Valdes. We approve.

Photo: Credit Oleg Covian, courtesy of Carmen Busquets
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Charli XCX, musician

We're not the only ones with a soft spot for the Hertfordshire-born singer/songwriter's sassy streetwear style. Described by some as the second coming of Robyn and Lykke Li and with gigs supporting for Santigold and Coldplay under her belt, the artist formerly known as Charlotte Aitchison scored a V Magazine cover shoot last year. With her new single, "You (Ha Ha Ha)," dropping February 4th, there's no stopping this girl's rise. Watch your back, Florence.

"My current style obsession is definitely Adidas tracksuits," she tells us. "They are my favourite things ever right now! So warm, so comfortable, and they still look dope. I love that whoever you are you can put your own twist on an Adidas tracksuit ... I wear mine with chokers, crop tops, and my buffaloes. They're timeless and amazing. Long live the three stripe!"

Photo: Courtesy of Charli XCX
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Reiko Kaneko, ceramic artist

Fact: We never thought a second about eggcups until this Central Saint Martins grad started designing them. A specialist in covetable ceramics emblazoned with gold drips of paint and animal prints, the Japanese-born artist is, not surprisingly, quite sharp at recognising good design when you see it.

"Jil Sander is my obsession," she tells us. "I love how she combines sharp tailoring with unusual silhouettes, and the use of her softer and tactile fabrics like satin, silks, and soft knits. In a similar way, Yang Li's tailored tops does it for me. For accessories, I love Coops by a girl I studied with at Central Saint Martins, Emma Franklin. Pure simplicity."

Photo: Courtesy Reiko Kaneko
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Sofia Barattieri, founder and CEO of Motilo.com

“I just got back from Brazil and so am ready for resort," the beauty behind online shopping community Motilo tells us. "I love pairing a printed dress with a bright heel. It's a great way to bring a bit of colour into the grey London morning.”

We couldn't agree more, and this tech-savvy businesswoman knows all about adding some punch to the typical London wardrobe, no doubt due to her Italian background. A mother of three who can work leather like a pro? Love.

Photo: Courtesy of Sofia Barattieri
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