23.12.13 Best Of

Unsung Hero 2013 – Ilaria Urbinati

Unsung Hero 2013 - Ilaria Urbinati

This is a new award for 2013, the Unsung Hero award – or in this case, heroine.

The Hollywood Reporter named Ilaria Urbinati the 20th most powerful stylist in Hollywood after dressing 21 people during Oscars week, including ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ nominee Bradley Cooper, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ actor Jason Clarke and ‘The Vampire Diaries’ actress Nina Dobrev, but here at RCFA she was our number one.

Her list of clients includes James Marsden, Armie Hammer, Leighton Meester, Krysten Ritter, James van der Beek, Jayma Mays, Chris Evans, Ian Somerhalder, Joel Edgerton, Richard Armitage, Juliette Lewis and Margot Robbie, to name a few.

I couldn’t be more jealous of her amazing job, which includes not only being surrounded by stunning gowns by my favourites Elie Saab, Monique Lhuillier and Naeem Khan on a daily basis, and turning around Juliette Lewis’ red carpet looks from non-newsworthy to totally amazing, but she’s also probably had the pleasure of seeing Bradley, Armie and James in their underwear – lucky girl.

Nearly every week her clients make the Best Dressed of the Week list, and last week alone she had three clients on the list. No mean feat.

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23.12.13 Best Of

Entertainer of the Year 2013 – Beyonce Knowles

Entertainer of the Year 2013 - Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles has taken the fashion world and the music universe by storm with her style, singing a trendsetting tune at every turn.

Not only did she just recently break boundaries, daringly debuting her fifth album as a surprise release, the songstress was making waves early in the year as the star of the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show in her Rubin Singer exaggerated moto jacket and a warrior-like black leather bodysuit accented with lace. She also was featured in H&M’s Summer 2013 campaign.

And who could forget her bold move to chop her tresses into a pixie cut—or that she promptly put extensions back in. Better to flip her hair with while performing, after all.

Of course, she has undeniably dominated her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour stage with a range of glam-bam, custom creations that only Sasha Fierce—or Mrs. Carter—could pull off with panache.

Her chameleon-like costume changes have favoured Balmain boldness and Gucci glitz, along with David Koma, Dsquared2 and Ralph & Russo bodysuits. She also strutted out a set dramatic looks by Emilio Pucci, with a colourfully embellished jumpsuit, a sparkling crop top and mini, and a beaded, fringe frock each taking top billing.

Of course, when she’s not performing, Bey works the high street style with the best of them. Topshop tops her list of off-stage labels—but, naturally, so too does Gucci, Tom Ford and Stella McCartney, among others.

Runner up: Paloma Faith

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23.12.13 Best Of

Model of the Year 2013 – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Model of the Year 2013 - Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was your model of the year. Why? Because she can do it all.

By doing it all, I mean delivering on the runway, the red carpet, and the front row, and her street style is something we all aspire to recreate.

After a false start at the Golden Globes she pulled things back, looking uber chic front row at Burberry, on fire at the Met Gala, plus she took her street style to a new level working a Mary Katrantzou blazer.

Other memorable looks include her simple Dior frock worn to the amfAR Against AIDS Gala, her street-chic head-to-toe Isabel Marant look, her Gucci LACMA Art + Film Gala look and, of course, her breathtaking Antonio Berardi suit worn to the British Fashion Awards.

Runner up: Miranda Kerr

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23.12.13 Best Of

Fashionista of 2013 – Olivia Palermo

Fashionista of 2013 – Olivia Palermo

Stylista, fashionista, accessory aficionada… Olivia Palermo has marched to the beat of her trendsetting style drum throughout the year, whether she’s on the red carpet or on the sidewalks of New York City.

More often than not, the socialite favours a signature boho-chic, ethnic-inspired approach matched with a feminine aesthetic, which is often manifested through a range of refined, yet relaxed, looks by London designers.

Her ensembles are never without an accessory (or five), as she always fluffs up her ensembles with plenty of accoutrements—think armloads of bangles, doorknocker necklaces, oversized shades, her go-to Aquazurra heels, and bold belts and handbags.

We’ve seen her in everything from Alexander Wang to Louis Vuittion, Tibi and Willow, with her embrace of the high-street quite evident, as well. Over the past year, she’s shown off outfits from ASOS, Topshop, Whistles and Zara.

Yet she is also not afraid to go bold with sultry Roberto Cavalli gowns such as those at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala and the Cannes Film Festival.

Whether she’s posing at a posh party, or on her best street-chic behaviour in off-duty looks that are perfectly put-together, or retaining her place as a front-row regular at Fashion Week, Olivia works the fashionista angle in more ways than one.

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23.12.13 Best Of

Designer of the Year & Couturier of the Year 2013 – Elie Saab

Designer of the Year Elie Saab

The king of the red carpet is none other than Elie Saab. This is the third year of his ravishing reign atop the Best Of list, scooping up the honour of Designer and Couturier of the Year.

The fashion darling of the celebrity set, the Lebanese designer consistently dazzles with looks that are trendsetting without being try-hard—and that are uncompromisingly beautiful. Nearly every major event, soiree and awards show has his name on it. With his sweeping gowns, deliciously embellished dresses and other magical confections, they are practically fit for royalty.

Indeed, he even created a wedding gown for a princess. Claire Lademacher, now Princess Claire of Luxembourg, walked down the aisle in his haute couture lace stunner in September.

Even then, perhaps the most memorable moment this past year was Elizabeth Banks’ take-your-breath-away entrance at the Berlin premiere of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire;’ a silver delight from the Fall 2013 Couture collection. A close second, of course, was Taylor Swift, who wore a captivating crimson gown from her go-to designer at the 47th annual CMA Awards.

Also caught under the Elie Saab style spell is Fan Bingbing, who might just be his biggest fan, donning the designer a record four times during the Cannes Film Festival. Amy Adams, too, has had her own fair share of fashion victories at the hands of Elie.

With these enchanting entrees, can he ever be removed from his sartorially superior throne?

Couturier of the Year 2013

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23.12.13 Best Of

Street Style Star 2013 – Miranda Kerr

Street Style Star 2013 – Miranda Kerr

Put Miranda Kerr on any sidewalk, and it instantly transforms into her personal catwalk. The supermodel has street cred in spades when it comes to her impeccable off-duty fashion; so much so that she easily stole this year’s nod for the second time in a row.

The Aussie beauty has a near uncanny ability to strut out look-at-her ensembles that are effortless but oh-so-perfect, rather ironically making her street style just as memorable—if not more so—as her red-carpet entrances.

From skinny jeans (Frame denim is a fave) and rocker-luxe blazers (say, a leather one by Balmain) to breezy dresses and maxi skirts, her closet is undoubtedly an enviable one, filled with cool-girl labels like Diane von Furstenberg, Isabel Marant, Michael Kors and Stella McCartney.

Of course, accessories are key, too, whether it’s a pair of oversized Stella shades, Christian Louboutin flats or her still-favoured Givenchy ‘Antigona’ bag.

Whether she’s flaunting first-class airport style or chicly jet-setting around New York City, Paris and beyond, this model mom is the epitome of everyday glam.

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