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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22.12.15 Best Of

The Red Carpet Looks From 2015 We Didn’t Like

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  TV personality Kim Kardashian attends LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala Honoring James Turrell and Alejandro G Iñárritu, Presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images  for LACMA)
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1. Kim Kardashian in Givenchy – LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala
2. Sienna Miller in Galvan – ‘High-Rise’ San Sebastian Film Festival Premiere
3. Jennifer Lawrence In Christian Dior Couture – ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ Paris Premiere
4. Miley Cyrus in Ulyana Sergeenko Couture – 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards
5. Lorde in Givenchy – 12th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards
6. Gwen Stefani in Reem Acra – 2015 UCLA Neurosurgery Visionary Ball
7. Beyonce Knowles in Philipp Plein – TIDAL X: 1020
8. Rita Ora in Vera Wang – ‘Blitz to Hits’ 5th Anniversary Celebration
9. Jennifer Lopez in Bao Tranchi – 46th Birthday Celebration
10. Jessica Stam in Francesco Scognamiglio – The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 2nd Annual Saint-Tropez Gala

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24.12.14 Best Of

Best Dressed Of The Year Critics’ Choice 2014


1. Jennifer Connelly in Givenchy Couture – ‘Noah’ Mexico City Premiere
2. Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé – Chopard Party
3. Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace – ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
4. Blake Lively in Gucci Première – ‘Grace of Monaco’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere & Opening Ceremony
5. Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa – 2014 Met Gala
6. Lily Aldridge in Rosie Assoulin – 2014 amfAR New York Gala
7. Emily Blunt in Prada – ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ New York Premiere
8. Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci – 2014 SAG Awards
9. Lily Collins in Elie Saab Couture – ‘Love, Rosie’ Rome Film Festival Premiere
10. Lea Seydoux in Prada – ‘La Belle et la Bete’ Premiere

11. Blake Lively in Gucci Première – ‘Captives’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
12. Pink in Elie Saab Couture – Oscars 2014 Performance
13. Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab Couture – ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ London Premiere
14. Emma Stone in Atelier Versace – ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro’ World Premiere
15. Aishwarya Rai in Roberto Cavalli – ‘Two Days, One Night’ (‘Deux Jours, Une Nuit’) Cannes Film Festival Premiere
16. Olga Kurylenko in Ralph Lauren Collection – ‘The Water Diviner’ Istanbul Premiere
17. Gemma Arterton In Prada – Laurence Olivier Awards 2014
18. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci Première – ‘The Search’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
19. Keira Knightley in Giambattista Valli – 2014 Hollywood Film Awards
20. Padma Lakshmi in Cushnie et Ochs – 9th Annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball

I would like to thank you all for your comments and support this year.

I’m so excited that 2015 will be my 8th year covering awards season and Cannes Film Festival.

Happy Holidays. Look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Best Catherine aka FC xx

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24.12.14 Best Of

Woman of the Year 2014 – Jessica Chastain

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Jessica Chastain has taken Hollywood by storm in 2014, gracing red carpets the world over with her talent and her enviable style. The actress has not only experienced a whirlwind year of mega movie promotions, but also a magnificent 12 months of timelessly elegant and effortless looks that remain unforgettable and that have landed her at the top of many a BDOTW poll.

That said, it’s not hard to see why the flame-haired star is the consummate Woman of the Year for 2014.

Still going strong, she has most recently been premiering her latest films, ‘A Most Violent Year’ and ‘Interstellar.’ In fact, it was the ‘Interstellar’ promo tour where we saw her stunning Saint Laurent salmon-pink, one-shoulder gown at the London premiere and a swoon-worthy Givenchy Haute Couture backless black lace gown at the Los Angeles premiere.

Her promo tour for ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ was likewise brimming with breathtaking exits—and it was where we witnessed one of her best looks of the year, an electric-blue Atelier Versace gown. The colour… simply unreal.

And the Cannes Film Festival wouldn’t have been complete without her and her lavender Elie Saab confection present and accounted for, nor the Golden Globes so golden without her classically glamorous Givenchy strapless black gown.

Nothing short of a standing ovation is in order.

Jessica Chastain

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