10 Looks That Made Lily Collins a Style Icon Before the Age of 25

With every generation comes a list of inspiring fashion icons, from Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot in the '50s and '60s to Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker in the '90s and 2000s. And these days, with social media running rampant and 24-7 access to all of our favorite stars’ looks, we’re lucky enough to have a whole slew of style icons to look up to — one of those being the classically beautiful and always-fashionable Lily Collins. The actress and daughter of Phil Collins turns 25 today, leaving us feeling both amazed and inspired at the way in which she’s become a highly regarded style icon at such a young age. Don’t believe Collins is the real deal? This roundup of 10 of her knocked-it-out-of-the-park red carpet moments is all the proof you need.

2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

With an ultra-famous father, Collins has been in the spotlight for years, but it wasn’t until she hit the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in this jaw-dropping, tulle Monique Lhuillier gown that the fashion crowd really started paying the rising star the attention she deserved.

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2012 Met Gala

Keeping in line with the feminine (and notably conservative) style she chose for the Vanity Fair party, Collins showed up to the annual Met Gala wearing a delicate, lacy Valentino Couture number that paired perfectly with her bold brows and swept-back bun.

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2012 'Glamour' Women of the Year Awards

Embodying glamour in her pleated, forest green Alexander McQueen dress, Collins took home a “Breakthrough of the Year” award at the annual Glamour event — though she won best dressed of the night in our book.

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2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Looking fierce and edgy in a watercolor-print Balmain mini dress — a look she completed with stick-straight locks and bronze Casadei pumps — Collins was a veritable vision while promoting her 2012 film, Writers.

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2013 Costume Designers Guild Awards

Once 2013 rolled around, Collins ditched her long locks for a beautiful shoulder-length cut — all the better for showing off this statement-making, party-in-the-back gown by Paule Ka at the annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.

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2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Collins had a lot to live up to after that fabulous Oscars party look from 2012, but she outdid herself once again when she showed up to the bash wearing a stunning sequined number from Zuhair Murad.

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'The Mortal Instruments' Premiere in Los Angeles

Taking a decidedly edgier approach to fashion while promoting her film The Mortal Instruments, Collins hit the red carpet at a Los Angeles premiere wearing a sleek, cutout Cushnie Et Ochs dress, matching white Giuseppe Zanotti pumps, and a deep-red lip.

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2013 Teen Choice Awards

Every now and then, Collins loves to live by the fashion motto, “Go big or go home,” and her ensemble at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards was one of those moments. From the high-low Fausto Puglisi skirt in a tropical print to her big, bold bun, the actress had no problem making a major (but majorly cool) red carpet statement.

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'The Mortal Instruments' Premiere in Germany

Not all stars know how to pull off a crop top the right way, but Collins definitely does. Pairing a sleeveless Paper London top and flowing Halston Heritage skirt with voluminous hair and a chunky statement necklace, the actress managed to look both sophisticated and edgy all at once.

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'Glamour' 2013 Women of the Year Gala

Complementing her porcelain skin and beautiful brows with a burgundy lip, Collins looked like the red carpet pro she is in her high-slit, gorgeously embellished Julian McDonald gown. The look basically proclaims, “Here is one of our generation’s lasting style icons.”

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