How Emily in Paris made Lily Collins the fashion muse of 2020 

Lily Collins' off-screen wardrobe features latex dresses and new It bags

Collins, the daughter of musician Phil Collins and American actress Jill Tavelman, has delivered two breakthrough roles this year
Collins, the daughter of musician Phil Collins and American actress Jill Tavelman, has delivered two breakthrough roles this year

The actress all designers want to dress this season? It’s Lily Collins! While that may sound like a candyfloss-fluffy line from Collins’ hit Netflix series Emily In Paris, for the 31-year-old from Guildford-via-Los Angeles, here we really might have a case of life imitating art.

Collins, the daughter of musician Phil Collins and American actress Jill Tavelman, has delivered two breakthrough roles this year; first as the comedic fashion marketing executive Emily Cooper, and now as Rita Alexander in the Oscar-tipped 1930s Hollywood drama Mank, also available to watch on Netflix.

But through Emily in Paris, and the costuming on the show, the Hepburn-alike Collins is now being viewed as a muse and a plate for designers from Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent, to Hedi Slimane at Celine.

Collins’s character Emily was dressed by Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field, wearing outfits by Ganni and Marc Jacobs and carrying a Chanel bag in most scenes. 

Off-screen, Collins’s style was always interesting, but might Emily Cooper now have her way with Collins’s own closet?

As Saint Laurent’s artistic director Anthony Vaccarello unveiled his spring collection via a virtual fashion show this week, Collins was ‘there’, on Instagram, sharing her praise and modelling the clothes for her 22 million followers.

In other social media posts over the last week, she’s posed in outfits from Chanel and Giorgio Armani. She’s also been photographed with the new Celine Triomphe bag, and Vera Wang sunglasses.

Lily Collins on 6th December 2020

Away from all the sugar and colour of Emily In Paris’s wardrobe, the real Collins likes clothes that are a little edgier. For an appearance at the MTV Movie Awards this month, she wore a wet-look latex dress by Saint Laurent, while suede thigh-high boots, leather Dior coats and lattice knit minidresses have all featured in her Instagram repertoire.

For several years now Collins has worked with experienced image-makers Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn - the Hollywood styling duo behind Jennifer Lopez’s ageless bombshell wardrobe. 

Their efforts in helping Collins to define her style off screen now will be fascinating to watch.  She is likely being courted by several fashion brands right now, and will be taking advice as to which label she might pursue a lucrative advertising campaign deal with in the new year - the ultimate seal of approval for any actress looking to straddle the fashion sphere.    

All that, and there’s a wedding to plan - Collins announced her engagement to director Charlie McDowell in September. So which dress designer will get the commission of 2021?

Emily Cooper herself couldn’t have spun a better fantasy fashion story.