Sex Education’s Emma Mackey is About to Be Your New Style Crush

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Words by Nicole Thomsen
January 30th, 2019

Sex Education has been lauded as the best TV show of 2019, a feat which is slightly undermined when you remember that it’s still January, but nevertheless, this is a show worth watching.

The Netflix coming of age dramedy makes for terrific viewing. Though it was something I flicked on with little to no expectations as to its greatness, intending to watch ‘just the one’ episode in the hopes that it would, at the very least, make me chuckle, three hours later I was already halfway through the debut season.

Sex Education is smart, funny, endearing, and important. It’s 2019’s answer to Skins, albeit slightly less R-rated — slightly. On top of all this, the fashion is a joy to look at. It’s exuberant and initially a little confusing, falsely leading you into the assumption that this show is set in the late eighties or perhaps early nineties (it’s not), and makes a strong case for owning a signature statement jacket — Otis (Asa Butterfield) is rarely seen without his retro colour block puffer jacket while Maeve’s (Emma Mackey) go-to is a vintage cropped fringed jacket. If and when fringed outerwear becomes a trend this year, you know why.

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Emma Mackey’s fashion credibility doesn’t end with Sex Education. The up and coming French-born actor has been catapulted into the spotlight thanks to her punkish pink-haired character Maeve but it is her off-screen fashion choices and insouciantly cool Parisian-come-Londoner vibe that have pinned her as a future style icon.

In the few shorts weeks since Sex Education was released on January 11th, we’ve seen Mackey return to her brunette roots, looking effortless in a series of oversized blazers, each time paired differently, though our favourite so far has to be the two-piece oatmeal suit she wore sans anything underneath while promoting the show.

Mackey also made her fashion week debut at Couture Fashion Week in Paris last week, dressed head-to-toe in Balmain, who returned to couture for the first time in 16 years this month. Pictured alongside Creative Director Olivier Rousteing on Balmain’s Instagram, this is no doubt the first of many fashion week appearances for Mackey and we for one can’t wait to see what she wears.



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