Front Row: Style Battle!

Fashionistas Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo are pitted against each other.

Few celebrities nail all their fashion looks like Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo. These IT fashionistas are always spotted in the front rows of fashion shows for a reason. We find out who would beat whom in the style department.

Alexa Chung was born on November 5, 1983 to a part Chinese father and an English mother in Hampshire, England. Although she planned on moving to London for university, fate had other plans and she was scouted by a modeling agency at 16, prompting her to change tracks. Chung’s publishing career took off in 2007, and she wrote personal columns for British magazines and newspapers. In 2009, she became a contributing editor at British Vogue. Her first book, aptly called ‘It’, was released in 2013.

Born on February 28, 1986 in Connecticut, USA, Olivia Palermo is originally of Italian descent. She is an alumna of the American University of Paris and The New School in New York. Palermo first shot to fame with her stint on MTV’s television show The Hills. She worked for Diane von Furstenberg and Elle before signing with Wilhelmina Models in 2009. Today, her status as a modern fashion icon has been cemented with many fashion editorials and magazine covers, collaborations with trendy brands, and her own lifestyle website. Her recent collections launched with Ciaté nail polish and costume jewelry brand Baublebar have been very successful.

Chung is always a sure contender on Best Dressed lists, and many designers count her among their muses. Her choice of designers includes 3.1 Phillip Lim, Carven, Christopher Kane, Marc Jacobs, Mary Katrantzou, Moschino, Stella McCartney and many more with a strong liking for British brands. Her red carpet looks tend to be minimal yet impactful, and she favors creating androgyny-inspired ensembles. A fan of layering, she also prefers to show less skin and still stay trendy. Chung’s short hair with styled bangs is a signature of her look. Paired with either a bold red lip or expertly made smoky eyes, her beauty routine is refreshingly laidback. With such a low-key vibe, it is amazing how she manages to inject glamour into her looks, making her a true style icon.

Palermo works couture and casual looks with equal ease, and her street style is always sharp and current. She prefers brands like Christian Dior and Valentino. Her enviable cheekbones and flawless skin make every beauty look suit her. Her doe eyes make a statement with classic cat eye liner and lush mascara. She displays her cheekbones to their best advantage thanks to her pretty dimples and perfect contouring. Palermo often experiments with hairstyles, and does not shy away from braids and buns on special occasions. When it comes to the red carpet, she is definitely one to watch out for as she makes all the right statements on the red carpet.

Both ladies have a very large fan following online, which follow their every look – from the sidewalk to the catwalk. Their evolving sense of style combined with a personal twist makes them so fashion forward. While Olivia Palermo slightly edges out Alexa Chung in terms of personal style, their combined tastes are sure to keep fashion enthusiasts inspired for a long time to come!

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