Valentines Day: #1 – Most Fashionable Celebrity Couples

Valentines Day. It’s total calendar Marmite – you either love it or you hate it. Couples fashion has come a long way since Britney and Justin destroyed the denim dream for a whole generation, from Posh and Becks proving that two rights don’t make a sarong and from Katie Price and whoever she’s seeing this month. Well here at PAUSE we thought what better a time to reflect on 5 celebrity couples that get it right, viagra and prove that there’s always space in a wardrobe for love.


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PAUSE, and probably the world’s favourite couple, Jay Z and Beyonce are icons for several reasons. Their ability to eschew logos and invest in  staples is once of them, if ever the definition of ‘smart casual’ was visual, they are it. On stage their outfits are hard to ignore. Jay Z doing oversized streetwear, chains, kicks and sunglasses, Beyonce doing barely-there uber-sexualised pieces that per inch costs more than most people’s rent. Off stage, their outfits prove that an interest in fashion is innate. Their outfits bring the class to the casual, with both often seen together in unflashy basics that are mature without being fusty and coordinated without being nauseating.  To quote Beyonce, “I woke up like this. Flawless.”

Jamie Hince and Kate Moss

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Despite making some questionable personal choices, Kate Moss rarely puts a stylistic toe out of line. Moss has a history of dating men who are more Saint Laurent than Superdry – Johnny Depp, Pete Doherty and her daughter’s father, Dazed & Confused founder Jefferson Hack, and Jamie is no exception. Her and the Kills guitarist, a couple bound by a love of music and neckscarves, are the perfect example of rock-influenced dressing past your 20s. Hince’s wardrobe is built around a capsule of androgynous his n hers staples – skinny jeans, double-breasted coats, leather jackets, chelsea boots – the result being a penchant for effortless layering built around a small colour palette. As a couple they often complement each other rather than mirror – wearing differing shades of the same colour or focusing around a set piece, such as a biker jacket.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

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Perhaps a controversial choice, this couple doesn’t always get it right, but when they do, it’s a beautiful sight. Iit’s safe to say that both of them have come a very long way stylistically since their first steps into the limelight (especially Kim, who had…er…no clothes on). With a penchant for (Is That Jacket) Margiela, Rick Owens and Givenchy, both do their bit for diversity – Kanye proving that leather skirts and crystal facemasks have their place in an urban wardrobe and Kim proving that you don’t need to have a BMI lower than the inches of your stilettos to wear high fashion designers. Although his methods of wardrobe synchronicity may have most girlfriends running for the hills, (remember the Keeping up with the Kardashians episode where Kanye unscrupulously went through his beloveds closet, throwing out anything not to his taste?), they both prove that the couple that shops together, stays together. For now, at least.

James Righton and Keira Knightley

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The Klaxon and the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit actress got married last year, her in Chanel, him in a navy suit with powder blue tie, both in Ray Bans. Whilst their coordinating formalwear is slick and on point, this couple also gets an A grade for just-threw-it-on relaxed casual outfits, managing to pull variations of ‘jeans and a tshirt’ out of the bag without looking perpetually hungover or like they’re late for college.

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With collaborations with Louis Vuitton on a jewellery and eyewear line, furniture with Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, and sculpture with Takashi Murakami at Art Basel, not to mention his own fashion lines Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream, to say Pharrell Williams is a fashion obsessive would perhaps be an understatement. An important figure in streetwear design, Williams and his model wife, Helen Lasichanh have serious fun with fashion. Often coordinating prints and occasionally even whole outfits including his and hers suits and and never fail to make an impression. The fact that Helen in heels is quite significantly taller than her husband and they don’t pull any Tom Cruise/Nicole Kidman rubbish is also a testament to their dedication to fashion and also security in their own style. Though even after getting married last year in coordinating tartan, perhaps Pharrell was waiting til he’d put a ring on it before he busted out the 1982 Vivienne Westwood hat he wore to the Grammys.Words: Erin Carrington

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