22.12.15 Best Of

Most Underrated 2015 – Dakota Johnson

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Dakota Johnson skyrocketed onto the scene thanks to her role in the hotly anticipated, boundaries-pushing ‘50 Shades of Grey’ film.

Early on, the starlet’s style captured my attention. While some perhaps found her monochromatic palette during the ‘Grey’ promo tour rather uninspiring, I couldn’t have been more intrigued by the striking, minimalistic appeal that always bloomed with a touch of the romantic.

The chic streak continued after her movie duties, and she duly coloured outside the lines, pushing her once-black-and-white ensembles into even more vibrant territory.

She’s worn a veritable alphabet of designers—Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel, Christian Dior, all the way to Gucci, Michael Kors, Saint Laurent, and more—and she’s donned everything from elegant long gowns, glitzy disco-ball frocks, and a notable goldenrod, bow-accented dress that only she could wear with such panache.

While some may have only seen a gray area with Dakota’s style, she was the dark horse of the red carpet, quietly captivating in an eclectic mashup of looks that proved she’s no one-trick pony.

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22.12.15 Best Of

Most Worn Brand 2015 – Valentino

Most Worn Brand 2015 – Valentino

It may seem that fashion powerhouses such as Christian Dior or last year’s most worn brand, Louis Vuitton, were easy winners for 2015’s most popularly donned brand. But no matter how many times Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Portman wore Dior, the classic charms of Valentino proved victorious.

Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli created nothing short of sartorial magic for a range of celebrities this past year.

The constellation of Valentino-clad stars including Jane Fonda, Kate Mara, and Zoe Kravitz (debuting a lovely softer side in an ethereal white gown) shows the sheer versatility of the label to cross the red carpet, style, and age spectrum.

From intricately beautiful floral embroideries to out-of-this-world planetary patterns and goddess gowns, the sense of artful sophistication is strong, all amidst a sweetly whimsical background.

Clearly, such a fusion makes for quite the winning combination.

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Lupita Nyong’o In Proenza Schouler – ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ London Premiere

Lupita Nyong'o In Proenza Schouler  - ‘Star Wars The Force Awakens’ London Premiere

Lupita Nyong’o joined Daisy Ridley for the premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ at Leicester Square on Wednesday (December 16) in London, England.

Fully awakening the futuristic fashion force within her, she wore a Proenza Schouler Spring 2016 directional ensemble that was nothing short of business on the top and party on the bottom.

While the peplum-inspired, criss-cross top translated rather heavily, the sheer mesh, pearl-studded skirt lightened up the look.

I have a feeling that the galactic blue lip, silver statement earrings, and mesh hair accessory will have taken the whole look slightly into costume-y territory for many of you.

But you have to admire her willingness to push the boundaries—and the fact that she wasn’t wearing solid pumps.

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16.12.15 Premiere

Daisy Ridley In Roland Mouret – ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ London Premiere

Daisy Ridley In Roland Mouret - 'Star Wars The Force Awakens' London Premiere

Daisy Ridley attended the premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ at Leicester Square on Wednesday (December 16) in London, England.

Continuing to show her chic versatility, the starlet donned a bespoke Roland Mouret asymmetrical, embellished gown that was strikingly architectural in nature, as we’d expect from the designer.

I love how she echoed the cosmic theme of the film in the utmost of style-forward sophistication, with the starry, sparkling cutout bodice delivering plenty of cosmic impact.

Even her sculptural updo is exactly how the updated Princess Leia buns should look.

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Alessandra Ambrosio In Valentino – ‘Daddy’s Home’ New York Premiere

Alessandra Ambrosio In Valentino - 'Daddy's Home' New York Premiere

Alessandra Ambrosio attended the ‘Daddy’s Home’ premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on Sunday (December 13) in New York City.

After her Audemars Piguet outing last week, the supermodel again kicked cutouts to the curb in a Valentino Fall 2015 embellished, gold lace gown that sees her embracing a significantly more covered-up style.

A sense of poetic, bohemian romance ran throughout the layers of this dress, but I still would have never guessed this was Alessandra.

What say you of her walk on the less skin-baring side?

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