Today is Blake Lively Day! Well, if you're the average person. If you're a fashion person — a designer, a major magazine editor, the Chanel president — every day might be Blake Lively Day! Because while we civilians absorb the effusive coverage of the actress spilling over from the weekend papers to today's — a light shining into our retinas that we cannot escape, like going to the eye doctor — the light that is Blake Lively shines in a consistently pleasant fashion in the houses of so many fashion people. Karl Lagerfeld loves her, as evidenced by her Chanel handbag campaign, the first image from which you see here. Blake explains the secret to her appeal in WWD:
“I’ve just always believed you should put a lot of positive out there,” she says. “When I have bad days, I just eat lots of chocolate ice cream and dance to the ‘Lion King’ soundtrack. It’s really odd, but it’s true.”
Michael Kors loves her, but not because of her Lion King–fueled ice cream binges: "It’s the anti-bored, too-cool-for-school, locked in a club for months on end look that you see a lot of young actresses going for," he tells the Times. "There’s something very optimistic about her. I think she’s the anti-downer, anti-sad."
Vogue would agree — if you couldn't tell by the three covers the editors there have put her on so far. They first started liking her when she went to the Met Ball in 2009 wearing a one-sleeve blue Versace gown, with a slit nearly up to her hip bone and her cleavage spilling out of the neckline.
"That was when it all started," Vogue style director Alexandra Kotur told the Times.
“She has this East Coast-West Coast way of combining things that is very original,” Ms. Kotur added. “She’s a Malibu girl who can wear Chanel, and that’s where it’s really that bi-coastal chic that no one else has in America right now. She shows cleavage, she’ll show some leg. And it’s sexy.”
The editor of Allure, whose second Lively cover was the magazine's best-selling issue, thinks the Lively appeal is even more simple than that:
“She’s a living, breathing human being who smiles,” said Allure’s editor, Linda Wells. “And you think, why would that be so hard? Who knew the non-rebel would suddenly feel rebellious? Then you add that to the fact that she’s not going to get arrested and she’s not going to shave her head or end up in rehab, but she goes out enough to be visible. It’s kind of a perfect situation for designers and editors. She’s a safe bet.”
We knew people on magazine covers were aliens.