23.12.17 Best Of

Most Worn 2017 – Halpern’s Draped Bustier Top

While Christian Dior knickers may have been the trend of 2017, it was a different kind of lingerie-inspired piece that commanded the top spot for most-worn item.

Although, I have to say I would have never predicted that it would be Halpern’s high-octane, draped bustier top that would have won the prize.

The corset-inspired piece, with its long side train, is such a power player with its explosion of glittery embellishment—a multi-colour confetti of dazzling sequins. Generally, these types of statements are not trotted out on multiple occasions.

But, after Marion Cotillard debuted the look, there was no deterring any of its future wearers, as Katy Perry, Cardi B, Rita Ora, and Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert each one-by-one in succession continued carrying the sparkling torch of the look.

I do love how Giovanna rounded out its fifth outing with a bang by skipping the bedazzled trousers underneath and letting her own gorgeous games do the talking.

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23.12.17 Best Of

Best Newcomer of 2017- Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown has made waves this year as the power player on Netflix’s hit series, ‘Stranger Things.’

But, she’s also rocked the boat on the red carpet with her quirky sense of style that some might say is well beyond her 13 years.

Perhaps it’s to be expected, though, from the precocious—and precious—starlet.

While she wasn’t immune to the adorable, princess moment at the Emmys in a precious Calvin Klein by Appointment frock, the tulle and the twee stopped there, as she explored far more funky mini and midi dresses.

But, it was her Giamba embroidered tapestry ensemble at the SiriusXM Studios and the schoolgirl-charm of her Gucci ruffle dress and statement buckle-bow shoes that remain some of my favourites for their chic sense of youthful yet refined direction.

What about you?

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23.12.17 Best Of

Emerging Brand of the Year – Johanna Ortiz

Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz has captured the fashion hearts of a number of starlets this year.

And, it’s no wonder, as she conjures hyper-feminine looks that are full of sass and attitude—but never too contrived or twee.

Her signature look rests in her exuberant use of ruffles, bold and beautiful prints, and flattering off-the-shoulder and shoulder-baring silhouettes.

It all makes for a fresh and approachable look that fits anyone’s style—as the wide range of her followers can attest—from Kerry Washington to Malin Akerman, Beyonce, Rachel McAdams, and the list goes on and on.

She’s a designer for the girls who just want to have fun. And, who doesn’t qualify for that.

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23.12.17 Best Of

Best Promo Tour of the Year, Most Consistent & Breakout Star of 2017

Zendaya Coleman has recently embarked on ‘The Greatest Showman’ promo tour, and it is apropos that this is the film that has wrapped up her ‘greatest’ style year thus far.

But, even earlier on in 2017, she caught our eye with an equally strong promo tour for ‘Spider Man: Homecoming.’

There was no better way to close out her successful year than with that Moschino butterfly dress—visually recognizing how much the starlet has taken flight this year.

With her wide range of strong looks that also include Delpozo and Ralph & Russo Couture ensembles, among so many other designers, she’s really set the pace for promo tours, raising the bar on what a sartorially successful tour should look like.

Not only did Zendaya have the Best Promo Tours of the Year, she was our Most Consistent and Breakout Star of 2017.

She may only be 21, but we’ve known that statuesque Zendaya to be a fashionable force to be reckoned with for some time, as she’s proved herself fearless in the face of ever-changing looks that still maintain consistent polish and panache.

But, it was in 2017, that her sartorial sass of punchy, power looks and colouful, chameleonic creativity fully bloomed to really dominate the scene.

We recently called her transformation over the last 12 months ‘stratospheric,’ and there’s no better way to characterize this starlet’s rise to style.

It’s not just her fashion choices that make a statement, though. It’s the authority with which she wears them—from head to toe—that really commands attention and sets her apart.

I cannot wait to see what 2018 holds for Z.

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22.12.17 Best Of

Entertainer of the Year & Street Style Star of 2017 – Celine Dion

Celine Dion experienced something of a rebirth in 2017, and I think it’s safe to say that we all enjoyed—or were at least entertained—watching every minute of the iconic singer take the stage—both literally and figuratively.

It was a big year for the songstress, as it marked the 20th anniversary of her equally iconic ‘Titanic’ love song, ‘My Heart Will Go On.’

And, because she’s never done things by halves, her style was equally monumental, with a focus on couture.

Early on, she had me sitting up and paying attention with her white Stephane Rolland Couture gown that put any other rendition of bold shoulders to shame. Couture moments from Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad also provided plenty of sartorial eye candy.

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22.12.17 Best Of

Model Of The Year 2017 – Lily Aldridge

Models have become infamous for taking the less-is-more route when it comes to fashion—as their brand of minimalism is maximum exposure.

That’s why we love our Model of the Year Lily Aldridge for showing that there is far more to style than just skin.

The stunning brunette, who just wrapped up the year walking her ninth Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, is both a runway and red-carpet veteran.

And, she has never looked more elegant.

No matter if she’s suited up in Ralph Lauren, or upholding classic black-gown glamour in Alex Perry, or captivating in crimson-red Zac Posen, she brings a sense of classic seduction that’s far more sensual than any see-through or skin-baring look.

It was her green J. Mendel pleated cape gown, though, that resonated as one of her most breathtaking moments of the year. Would you agree?

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22.12.17 Best Of

Designer of the Year & Couturier of the Year – Ralph & Russo Couture

You may remember that Elie Saab has been the longstanding king of the Designer of the Year crown, but 2017 ended his five-year reign.

It was none other than Ralph & Russo Couture who captured the crown, ushering in a new form of red-carpet allure for 2017. And, they’ve even entered the royal ranks, with Meghan Markle recently opting for the brand in her engagement photos.

Even though eveningwear may be the London-based label’s sweet spot, the two Aussie designers behind the dazzling designs ultimately prove that variety is the spice of life.

And, that was even more true, as they debuted their ready-to-wear collection for Spring 2018 that brought their distinct breed of luxury to more diverse yet still-dazzling territory.

Luxury took on new meaning—sometimes with girlish whimsy, as in Kaia Gerber’s youthful ruffles. Other times, feathered fun and metallic moxie took front-and-centre stage.

Of course, there’s no forgetting the sweeping ethereality of pure delicacy that defined Lily Collins’ Cannes Film Festival shimmering, pale pastel gown.

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