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.

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

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23.12.13 Best Of

Magnifique To Tragique 2013 – Marion Cotillard

Magnifique To Tragique 2013 – Marion Cotillard

Would you believe this is the second time Marion Cotillard has received this award?

It may seem harsh, but if we were to chart her red carpet looks from the sublime Dior Couture gowns during awards season to the Marrakesh Film Festival looks it would depict a sharp decline.

Maybe we expect so much from Marion because she has delivered so magnificently in the past, but wearing tent-like dress after tent-like dress had us losing faith and wondering if she had a baby on board.

That was the reasoning behind her last style shift and, if you remember, that was also the reasoning behind Kerry Washington’s autumnal blip prior to her announcement.

Hopefully we will see a resurgence in 2014 and she’ll go back to being Miss Consistent.

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23.12.13 Best Of

Best Dressed International Star 2013 – Nieves Alvarez

Best Dressed International Star 2013 – Nieves Alvarez

Spanish model and TV host Nieves Alvarez was your best-dressed international star of 2013.

Some stars peak only during major events like Cannes, or a big-budget promo tour; however, each of Nieves’ looks were high on glamour, from hosting her Solo Moda show to the Goya Awards – even her promotional efforts to promote wool were another picture-perfect moment.

Nieves was the total package, never letting us down in the hair, makeup and especially the shoe department.

My personal highlights were the Goya Awards and Cannes Film Festival.

Runner up: Léa Seydoux

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