Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Best Newcomer & Breakout Star 2013 - Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o came out of nowhere and took the red carpet by storm this year and her reign has only been 4 short months, yet she’s standing shoulder to shoulder alongside veterans like Diane Kruger and Cate Blanchett as, like them, she is very consistent, possesses great style and has an elegant grace about her that has made her so fascinating to watch.

From her very first look in Prada back in September during the Toronto Film Festival, which gave me goosebumps, I knew she was going to be something special; how special I could never have predicted, but you voting her your Best Newcomer of 2013 proves you believe it too.

She has since gone on to give us many memorable moments in Rodarte, Miu Miu, Lanvin, Prabal Gurung and, most recently, my favourite, Elie Saab.

Lupita is a refreshing beauty with great style, but let’s not forget her credentials as a talented actress and filmmaker.

With SAG, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Awards nominations for Best Supporting Actress in ’12 Years A Slave’ under her belt so far, we can look forward to many more impressive red carpet moments from Lupita during awards season in 2014.

Runner up: Zhang Yuqi

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Promo Tour Star 2013 – Elizabeth Banks for 'The Hunger Games Catching Fire'

For most outlets, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ promo tour was all about Jennifer Lawrence, but here we were in awe of Elizabeth Banks.

While some thought her overdressed, considering she wasn’t the lead actress, others like me are glad she stepped up to the plate, taking this promo tour by the scuff of the neck and making it one of the most impressive promo-tour runs in memory.

With Elie Saab and Alexander McQueen her go-to designers, she kicked things off in grand style wearing a Jason Wu custom gown worthy of a world premiere.

Just when we thought she may have peaked too soon, she floored us with an Elie Saab Couture gown, which was one of your favourites of 2013 and was her best look of the tour.

The only other person who came close to Elizabeth this year for me was Kerry Washington for ‘Django Unchained’, who was my favourite to take this award until Elizabeth picked us up and swept us off our feets.

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Best Dressed Teen 2013 - Kiernan Shipka

Kiernan Shipka was voted your best-dressed teen star of 2013.

The ‘Mad Men’ actress, who narrowly lost out to Elle Fanning last year, was stylish, event appropriate and totally adorable for each of her red carpet appearances.

Going from cutesy dresses to single-handedly putting Spanish brand Delpozo on the fashion map, I still feel that there is more greatness to come from this young fashionista.

She had many great looks this year, but if I had to narrow down my favourite it would have to be her Oscar de la Renta SAG Awards dress followed by her Delpozo Emmys dress.

The best thing about Kiernan is that she doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to dress too maturely, a la Miley Cyrus during her Hannah Montana latter years.

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Best Ensemble Cast 2013

Last year, it was all about the dramatic ‘Les Miserables’ troupe. This year, the hottest topics on the red carpet have been the cast of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’

Actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks and Jena Malone, along with their handsome co-stars Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin, jet-setted from city to city, leaving plenty of memorable looks in their stead.

With styles as fiery and fashionable as the film itself, the leading ladies frequently sizzled. Despite a few questionable entrances, Jennifer had a group of Dior looks that delighted—from her navy, strapless gown in Madrid and her vanilla-hued couture look in Rome to her daring sheer, knitted dress in Los Angeles.

However, it was Elizabeth who really delivered the most dramatic, take-your-breath-away entrances. Her yellow Jason Wu gown at the London world premiere was bold and beautiful, whilst that Elie Saab Couture confection in Berlin was just plain breath-taking. And who could forget her smouldering orange Versace number. She had us captivated at nearly every turn.

Jena, too, had plenty of firepower in her eclectic fashion statements, with her red-hot Monique Lhuillier fringed gown in London, that shiny, metallic Nicholas Oakwell Couture creation in L.A., and her forever-chic Valentino frock in NYC all providing their own special punch.

With the girls glamming up the proceedings, the guys still held their own on a relatively impeccable level, with well-suited, handsome appearances in such labels as Dior Homme, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen.

Runner up: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

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Best Dressed Film Festival 2013 – Cannes

While Toronto was my personal favourite film festival this year, as I felt everyone stepped up their game for the Canadian event, you were memorized by the 12 day glamour-fest of Cannes.

The French film festival is the playground for fashion types, filled with many gown swooshing moments at every photocall, screening, premiere and after party.

What we love most about Cannes is that A-listers like Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard can sometimes give us three looks in a day.

There are also no rules during Cannes.

It’s not uncommon to wear Couture before noon for a photocall, even Olivia Palermo was seduced by the festivals glamour donning an animal print Roberto Cavalli gown for her first red carpet appearance.

We are unlikely to see that outside of Cannes, but that is the beauty of the event.

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