It seems that Bella Hadid sets the internet ablaze with every outfit she wears. Since signing with IMG Models in 2014 — and debuting on the Tom Ford runway a year later — the supermodel has both captured and defined the zeitgeist with her ever-evolving personal style. Throughout her career she’s been muse to designers from Jacquemus to Mugler’s Casey Cadwallader, the studied subject of Instagram style accounts and one of the world’s most-photographed women both on and off the pages of fashion magazines. She’s the undisputed queen of the Cannes red carpet — and the entire naked dress genre, for that matter. One immaculately styled outfit, or perfectly placed accessory, when worn by Bella, can launch a trend (2016’s denim craze and 2018’s micro-sunglasses) or reboot a dormant one (the Dior Saddle bag), boost the profiles of emerging designers (Nensi Dojaka, Charlotte Knowles, Supriya Lele), and nearly break the internet (her Schiaparelli Cannes moment.)
Despite the fact that her career is just getting started, Bella Hadid’s style has undergone a complete transformation since her 2014 debut, dipping in and out of trends, and weaving through fully-realized “eras” that have defined Bella’s style over the years. From gothic leather in 2016 and 2018’s streetwear tailoring, to 2020’s workwear looks and the pandemic’s DIY aesthetic, we take a look back at how the super has — and continues — to define and redefine fashion today. This is Bella Hadid’s style evolution.
At a Calvin Klein launch party with Gigi Hadid, 2014
Before moving to New York City and becoming a model, Bella was known primarily for her guest appearances on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where she shared the screen with her mother (and Real Housewife) Yolanda and big sis (and model) Gigi. During this era, Bella attended myriad fashion industry events alongside Gigi, wearing a series of sophisticated — and very safe — tailored looks. Think simple pencil dresses, all-black everything, pointed toe pumps, fitted blazers, tasteful leopard print and sleek jumpsuits, like the one seen here. Bella even stuck to this formula for her first-ever Met Gala look, a black embroidered sheath dress worn to the event’s 2015 edition. While these looks are a far cry from the risk-taking, trend-setting fare Bella’s known for today, they’re perfect for a fledgling model dipping her toe in the fashion industry pond.
Off-duty style in Los Angeles, 2015
A year after moving to NYC — originally to attend Parsons — and signing with IMG Models, Bella made her runway debut at Tom Ford’s AW15 show. In the year that followed, Bella stuck to the era’s standard model-off-duty uniform: tried-and-true basics like skinny jeans, turtleneck sweaters and bodysuits, leather leggings, hoodies and sweatpants, and leather miniskirts. All paired with either pointy black boots or simple trainers.