While the UK may be home to some of the most iconic models, it’s the Americans that are in charge of fashion on TV. We have the iconic Patsy Stone from Absolutely Fabulous, who will forever be famed and loved for her dramatic sense of style. We will never forget her massive perfectly coifed hair, and her equally as flamboyant outfits, especially the white suit.
But for our one Patsy, they have droves of women famed for their style. Below are just a few of the fashion icons American TV have introduced into our lives.
Cookie Lyon – Empire (2015-)
Cookie may be the newest addition out of this list, but she is also the fiercest. Her no-nonsense attitude is perfectly reflected in her wardrobe. Everything about Cookie is dramatic and over-the-top, even when power dressing, it’s not an average suit, it’s an animal print suit with thigh-high boots and flashy jewellery.
She came at the perfect time, to act as an antidote to the normcore movement that was taking over fashion, and brought some 90s hip-hop flair back, gone are the little influences of designer and instead just rejoice in it. Head-to-toe!
Alexis Carrington Colby – Dynasty (1981-1989)
From the new master of the fur coat to the original queen of fur. This has to be without a doubt, Alexis Carrington Colby! The original power dressing woman on TV, making her style as iconic as Joan Collins herself.
From the shoulder pads that were almost bigger than her head, to the slightly evil veils, you always knew every time Alexis was on screen there would be drama and one hell of a stylish look.
Blair Waldorf – Gossip Girl (2007-2012)
While Alexis Carrington bought undeniable drama and attitude to previous generations, the millennial generation got the gift of Blair Waldorf. Her overly complicated schemes mirrored her overly dramatic take on fashion.
Never once did we see her in her real uniform, instead it was decorated with ruffles, paired with coloured tights & her trademark headband. While her character evolution took her from school teen to fashion business owner, her style grew and evolved with her, whilst still making sure to include that beloved and iconic headband.
Olivia Pope – Scandal (2012-)
From one business woman to the next, Olivia Pope has helped to redefine what power dressing means in the 21st century. She has the work wardrobe everyone wishes they could wear to the office. Never once has our favourite gladiator put an on a bad outfit.
The most iconic element of her take on fashion is the use of coats, these are styled to perfection and enhance the fierceness of her character. Never before has a coat made such an impact as it does with Olivia.
Rachel Green – Friends (1994-2004)
Rachel Green was who every girl in the 90s wanted to dress like, and who most of us still want to dress like. From the ever changing hair styles to her ever-evolving wardrobe, she was easily the most stylish out of all the friends.
She is the main reason I get excited everytime the 90s comes back into fashion and I can get away with wearing plaid with oversize shirts.
No fashion icons list would be complete without a special mention for Carrie Bradshaw while Sex & The City left our screens back in 2004, she is still inspiring new generations of girls and women to be brave with their fashion, and just rock it.
Carrie Bradshaw has without a doubt become the most iconic fashion character that has graced TV screens, her light-hearted attitude to style and high-fashion offered a refreshing contrast to how career women were represented. The main reason I fell in love with her style was her focus on shoes, as a massive shoe lover myself, her shoe collection alone would have been enough for me to grant her fashion icon status.