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Best Dressed Of The Year Critics’ Choice 2014

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1. Jennifer Connelly in Givenchy Couture – ‘Noah’ Mexico City Premiere
2. Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé – Chopard Party
3. Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace – ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
4. Blake Lively in Gucci Première – ‘Grace of Monaco’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere & Opening Ceremony
5. Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa – 2014 Met Gala
6. Lily Aldridge in Rosie Assoulin – 2014 amfAR New York Gala
7. Emily Blunt in Prada – ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ New York Premiere
8. Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci – 2014 SAG Awards
9. Lily Collins in Elie Saab Couture – ‘Love, Rosie’ Rome Film Festival Premiere
10. Lea Seydoux in Prada – ‘La Belle et la Bete’ Premiere

11. Blake Lively in Gucci Première – ‘Captives’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
12. Pink in Elie Saab Couture – Oscars 2014 Performance
13. Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab Couture – ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ London Premiere
14. Emma Stone in Atelier Versace – ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro’ World Premiere
15. Aishwarya Rai in Roberto Cavalli – ‘Two Days, One Night’ (‘Deux Jours, Une Nuit’) Cannes Film Festival Premiere
16. Olga Kurylenko in Ralph Lauren Collection – ‘The Water Diviner’ Istanbul Premiere
17. Gemma Arterton In Prada – Laurence Olivier Awards 2014
18. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci Première – ‘The Search’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
19. Keira Knightley in Giambattista Valli – 2014 Hollywood Film Awards
20. Padma Lakshmi in Cushnie et Ochs – 9th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball

I would like to thank you all for your comments and support this year.

I’m so excited that 2015 will be my 8th year covering awards season and Cannes Film Festival.

Happy Holidays. Look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Best Catherine aka FC xx

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24.12.14 Best Of

Woman of the Year 2014 – Jessica Chastain

Woman of the Year
Jessica Chastain has taken Hollywood by storm in 2014, gracing red carpets the world over with her talent and her enviable style. The actress has not only experienced a whirlwind year of mega movie promotions, but also a magnificent 12 months of timelessly elegant and effortless looks that remain unforgettable and that have landed her at the top of many a BDOTW poll.

That said, it’s not hard to see why the flame-haired star is the consummate Woman of the Year for 2014.

Still going strong, she has most recently been premiering her latest films, ‘A Most Violent Year’ and ‘Interstellar.’ In fact, it was the ‘Interstellar’ promo tour where we saw her stunning Saint Laurent salmon-pink, one-shoulder gown at the London premiere and a swoon-worthy Givenchy Haute Couture backless black lace gown at the Los Angeles premiere.

Her promo tour for ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ was likewise brimming with breathtaking exits—and it was where we witnessed one of her best looks of the year, an electric-blue Atelier Versace gown. The colour… simply unreal.

And the Cannes Film Festival wouldn’t have been complete without her and her lavender Elie Saab confection present and accounted for, nor the Golden Globes so golden without her classically glamorous Givenchy strapless black gown.

Nothing short of a standing ovation is in order.

Jessica Chastain

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Most Worn 2014 – Burberry Prorsum’s Colour-Block Check Blanket Poncho

Most Worn 2014 – Burberry Prorsum's Colour Block Check Blanket Poncho

Louis Vuitton may have been the most worn label of 2014, but it was British brand Burberry Prorsum that received the high honour of most worn item with a colour-block, check blanket poncho that quickly made waves with its autumnal hues and monogrammed initials.

Extra-popular among the model set, the personalized wrap had way more than 15 minutes of fame with catwalkers like Cara Jocelyn Delevingne taking her CJD rendition straight from runway to sidewalk.

Further upping our desire for the piece, fellow models Suki Waterhouse, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexis Chung all looked equally cool in theirs. Even Sienna Miller managed to dress up her sweats and sneakers with the boost of Burberry. Yet it was Olivia Palermo who took the poncho to the next level, throwing it over a checquered blouse, tailored shorts and thigh-high boots for an impossibly chic effect.

It was the ultimate off-duty look. Don’t we all want our initials on a Burberry blanket shawl now?

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Most Worn Brand 2014 – Louis Vuitton

Most Worn Brand 2014 - Louis Vuitton

Hardly a day has passed in the fashion universe when the Louis Vuitton letters have been missing from the red carpet. The constellation of stars who wore the venerable French label are as numerable and varied as the ensembles themselves.

Call it a mild obsession among the celebrity set.

Among the devotees who pulled off the edgier, fashion-forward statements were Nicole Kidman in a custom, floral-embellished red gown, along with French beauty Adèle Exarchopoulos in full-on flower-power mode. Likewise Julianne Moore upped the ante and the edge factor in her burgundy leather top and sparkling, spiral skirt, also custom. Even designer Victoria Beckham stepped foot out of her own eponymous label for Louis Vuitton, wearing a more mannish vest and trousers combo.

The most dedicated darlings of the brand—and really, to its designer, Nicolas Ghesquière—were rarely, if at all, dressed without that LV monogram on the tags, even favouring the more eccentric Spring 2015 collection on many occasions. Charlotte Gainsbourg tops the list of Nicolas’s most faithful, often donning the top-to-toe runway looks or custom-made creations like a two-piece, sequin gown at the Venice Film Festival.

Jennifer Connelly was right at her heels, as she plucked out look after LV look, including a particularly interesting trompe l’oeil mini and lace tights. Michelle Williams drank the designer Kool-Aid, too, stepping outside her standard style in outfits including a white leather dress, whimsically printed in lipsticks, nail polish, eyelash curlers and the like.

We may not have always liked what Louis was dishing out—especially not those leg-stumping ankle boots. But there’s no denying that 2014 was a power year for the powerful brand.

Nicolas Ghesquière’s Favourite Girls

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Best Brand Ambassador 2014 – Keira Knightley for Chanel

Best Brand Ambassador 2014 - Keira Knightley for Chanel

Keira Knightley is your Best Brand Ambassador 2014 for Chanel.

With Jennifer Lawrence raising eyebrows on countless occasions for her Christian Dior affiliation, it likely comes as little surprise that Keira was selected as the superior ambassador.

Her classic, Audrey Hepburn-esque style mixed with a contemporary, bohemian flair and the occasional tomboyish mood makes her a good model (most of the time) for the revered design house.

While she by no means exclusively wears Chanel, she does wear the label well, as can be seen in such ensembles as a playfully printed frock, flipped at the hem, and a sophisticated and smart, black-and-white dress donned at the Chanel Fall 2014 show—paired with gold pumps, no less. A whimsically embellished chiffon gown, which she debuted at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party, really channeled that boho side.

But perhaps one of her most gorgeous Chanel statements was at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of ‘The Imitation Game,’ where she stunned in an enchanted, off-white neoprene embroidered dress with a silk tulle skirt. This is what a brand ambassador looks like.

Runner Up: Victoria Beckham for Victoria Beckham

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