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Amber Valletta, Miranda Kerr and More Style Stars on Their No. 1 Fashion Icon

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From left: Miranda Kerr, Amber Valletta and Portia Doubleday

Hint: Audrey Hepburn gets name-checked, as does someone's grandmother.

What if there could be just one?

Harper’s Bazaar didn’t have to settle on selecting the most fashionable woman in the world -- instead the iconic magazine played off its incredible milestone anniversary this year by compiling its first-ever list of the 150 Most Fashionable Women (in the world), as voted on by top editors from all 33 of the mag’s international editions. The buzzworthy list received a proper unveiling on Jan. 27 with a Sunset Tower-hosted party where some of those lucky numbered ladies mingled with the mag’s longtime editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey.

Pret-a-Reporter didn’t witness any sparring or shade between those who did make the list (Demi Moore, Salma Hayek, Miranda Kerr, Cassandra Grey and Kendall Jenner) and those who didn’t (Louise Roe, Rachel Zoe, Yara Shahidi and Zoey Deutch). Sometimes even 150 isn’t enough. Bailey admitted that the biggest challenge was cutting the candidates down to match the milestone: "Everybody wants to represent their own countries, yet many of the lists were remarkably similar. It’s a reminder that fashion is an international language."

While Harper’s now has its list (check the ladies out here), Pret-a-Reporter asked a few of the night’s notable names to come up with their own on-the-fly list of just one – their ultimate fashion icon. (Speaking of No. 1, Friday night’s event served as the inaugural event of the mag’s 150th anniversary celebrations, which will continue throughout 2017, this one presented by TUMI in partnership with American Express, exclusive fashion sponsor La Perla and exclusive jewelry sponsor Hearts On Fire.)

Miranda Kerr: "My grandma. Because she’s always looked elegant to me, and chic and didn’t matter if she was going somewhere or just at home cooking in the kitchen. She has a grace about her even now. She’s the epitome of elegant."

Amber Valletta (in a black leather Alexandre Vauthier ensemble): "I love Jackie Onassis and Bridget Bardot. I love that classic simplicity with a little sexy, chic vibe. I love that mixture of classic with an edge — like you’re always daring but still elegant."

Petra Nemcova (wearing Tommy Hilfiger, Chopard jewelry and carrying Rubeus Milano's "Red Carpet" champagne python box clutch): "For me, it’s always been Audrey Hepburn. Not only just the way she styled herself on the outside but her inside, too, in the way that she carried herself. She’s my all-time favorite."

Alexandra Shipp: “My fashion icon would have to be Diane Keaton. She broke boundaries when it came to gender norms and what you’re supposed to wear and how you’re supposed to look. She knows the art of layering, and I only wish to be so talented with how I put my outfits together. I can layer, like, really weird patterns and look like I shouldn’t be places, but I would like to be her and look amazing. She’s the best."

Portia Doubleday: "Every time I see a carpet or an image of her, Sienna Miller. I love her taste. She seems to always nail it while at the same time trying different looks. And that’s a hard thing to do. I went through a lot of dresses for this tonight, and it can get tricky when you take risks. I fortunately have an incredible stylist. I work with Monty Jackson. I tried on like 15 dresses and I put this on and it reminded me of a fun '60s Twiggy vibe. I felt it and thought it would be fun for tonight. This is it."

Alia Shawkat: "I love Isabella Rossellini. The way she carries herself always is my favorite."

Laura Marano: "I have two. I love Natalie Portman because she’s so classy and she embodies absolute elegance anytime she’s on the carpet. On the other side, I love Rihanna. She’s exciting, and you never know what she’s going to wear. Every time she’s on the carpet, it’s always surprising and amazing."

Johnny Wujek: "Veronica Lake was always so chic, but I think it’s because I love the hair. Diane Kruger is fierce. Blake Lively is fierce. J.Lo doesn’t ever get it wrong. Laura Marano [one of his clients] would be my No. 1 pick for 2017 right now."

Julia Haart, La Perla creative director (who dressed Kendall Jenner for the night): "Audrey Hepburn. That woman embodied it all: elegant, chic and still always with her own personal style. I’m a huge, huge fan."

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