Which Celebrities Should Be Muses to Which Fashion Houses?

Kristen Stewart for Balenciaga. Keira Knightley for Chanel. Marion Cotillard for Dior. Whether you love or loathe these celebrity-designer pairings, there's no doubt that the famous name with which a label chooses to align itself has an enormous influence over the brand's entire image. In addition to posing for print and multimedia campaigns, these stylish superstars act as ambassadors for their designated labels, agreeing to appear in public wearing a specific designer's creations—often to the exclusion of all others. Sometimes, a designer may even sketch and sew each season's ready-to-wear with his A-list lady of choice in mind.

Of course, such partnerships are backed by big contracts and millions of dollars, with the expectation that a celebrity endorsement will yield major sales for a certain fashion house. But what about those stars that don't appear to favor a specific label, or those designers that loan looks to lots of up-and-comers without zeroing in on one or two in particular? We took it upon ourselves to suggest a few celebrity muses for some of our favorite less-committal labels. Who knows—perhaps we'll spot them in their campaigns sometime soon. Click through to see our ideas!

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Taylor Swift for Ralph Lauren

Sure, the country-pop sweetheart's already got a Cover Girl contract—but besides a gig with Keds, she hasn't done much in the way of fashion campaigns thus far. We can think of no better match for the red-lipped, blonde-haired songstress than Ralph Lauren, the king of classic all-American style.

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Kerry Washington for Stella McCartney

Every few years, a relatively under-the-radar actress comes along whose innate style sense seriously blows our minds. Past examples—at least for this editor—have included Zoe Saldana, Kate Bosworth and Elle Fanning. This year, that lady is Kerry Washington. The star didn't miss a sartorial beat throughout her Django Unchained press tour, during which she wore a wide variety of top-notch designers (Peter Pilotto, Giles and Prada among them). Still, we think she looks best dressed in Stella McCartney's bright colors and feminine silhouettes. We would love to see her tapped as the label's next star ambassador.

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Saoirse Ronan for Rodarte

With her sci-fi flick The Host slated for release this March and expected to draw the same crowds as another little Stephenie Meyer-based franchise (ahem, that'd be Twilight), Saoirse's star is set to rise in a big way. Her ethereal Irish beauty is a perfect match for Rodarte's brand of avante-garde cool.

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Leelee Sobieski for Céline

With her patrician features and piercing blue eyes, Leelee's quickly become a designer darling over the past year or so. Unlike many young starlets who opt for ultra-embellished mermaid gowns and towering platforms every time they set foot on a red carpet, this 29-year-old mom is constantly snapped in chic suiting and flat, almost mannish footwear—the influence of her menswear-designer husband Adam Kimmel, perhaps? At any rate, we think she'd be an ideal face for Céline. Heck, Leelee could even make those furry Birkenstocks look good.

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Emma Watson for Christopher Kane

Now that PPR's acquired a majority stake in Kane's company and pledged to help him grow his brand in a big way, the British Fashion Council Fashion Fund winner's going to need a famous face to front his label. Emma's already got a soft spot for UK-based designers (see also: Peter Pilotto, Erdem) and, ever since the Harry Potter series wrapped, she's majorly upped her fashion game. We think these two would be very happy together.

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Michelle Dockery for Alexander McQueen

We already know the Downton Abbey star can pull off ornate embellishment both on- and off-screen. Now's the time for a major label to capitalize on her insane popularity—and, well, McQueen was made for the royal set.

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Chloë Grace Moretz for Kenzo

With Opening Ceremony's creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim at its helm, Kenzo's been completely reinvigorated over the past several years—and deserves a celebrity face to match its new top-tier status. Chloë, who'll soon be seen in Kimberly Peirce's buzzed-about Carrie reboot, is one of the most talented (not to mention stylish) young actresses around. Add that to the fact that she's worn Kenzo publicly several times in the past, and this would be one authentic and awesome team-up.

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Jessica Chastain for Jason Wu

Following her recent Golden Globe win, Zero Dark Thirty's leading lady is officially one of the most sought-after women in Hollywood. She's worn all manner of glamorous gowns on this season's red carpets, but we think she looks most beautiful in Jason Wu's ultra-feminine creations. These two still-rising stars would be a perfect fit for one another—especially now that Wu's finally doing print campaigns.

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