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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23.12.13 Best Of

Most Underrated 2013 – Emmy Rossum

Most Underrated 2013 – Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum is no shrinking style violet, continually giving us elegantly timeless, yet still trendy ensembles that are always appropriate and that never fail to raise the fashion bar on the red carpet.

Despite her impossibly chic statements, she seems to be missing the fashion cred she’s so certainly owed.

This past year, she has shown off sweet and sophisticated Oscar de la Renta frocks, ritzy-glitzy, embellished numbers from Elie Saab and Naaem Khan, and all-out glamour girl gowns from the likes of Andrew Gn, Carolina Herrera and Zuhair Murad.

She even channelled her version of pretty-punk in her dazzling Donna Karan Atelier design at the 2013 Met Gala.

She may be a quiet fashion victor, never generating the kind of chatter lauded upon the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, but she should with head-turning looks that have perfection written all over them.

Runner up: Miley Cyrus

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23.12.13 Best Of

Shoe Of The Year 2013 – Casadei ‘Blade’ Pumps

Shoe Of The Year 2013 - Casadei 'Blade' Pumps

Since Casadei’s ‘Blade’ heels were launched in 2011, there’s barely a red carpet starlet who hasn’t been papped in them.

With fans including Cameron Diaz, Kristen Stewart, Victoria Beckham and Jessica Alba, the Casadei ‘Blade’ Hollywood IT-shoe du jour was the most worn shoe of 2013.

The perfect pointy pump with a bad-ass metal spike heel looks businesslike from the front, but sexy from the back.

We have seen the ‘Blade’ heels, which also come in an ankle-strap version, in a variety of colours and colour combos.


You can buy Casadei’s ‘Blade’ heels from Casadei.com

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