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22.12.15 Best Of

Model of the Year 2015 – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Model of the Year 2015 – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has strutted to the beat of a very stylish drum this past year, thus seizing the Model of the Year reigns from last year’s queen Karolina Kurkova.

Long drawing attention for her street-chic style, Rosie has continued to fascinate us—every day is a fashion show for this beauty, and the world is most certainly her catwalk.

Par for the course are the models of the moment who dress all too provocatively, or even worse yet, in a nearly unthinkable uninspiring mode.

But Rosie toes the line between sexy and sophisticated quite well, not falling into the trap of overly exposed and tasteless—plus her looks always seem to simmer with a rock-goddess edge that’s sometimes tinged with romantic femininity and other times with old-Hollywood elegance.

Nothing like seeing fashion come to life through Rosie-coloured glasses.

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22.12.15 Best Of

Couturier of the Year 2015 – Ralph & Russo Couture

Couturier of the Year 2015

Couture confections generally have the most hypnotizing effect on the red carpet. And Ralph & Russo Couture have positively mesmerized with their entrancing statement-makers.

A combination of pure architectural grace and charismatic enchantment, the often-directional pieces are nothing short of works of art.

The real power is in Ralph & Russo Couture’s simultaneous ability to translate a powerful strength of form while maintaining the height of delicate femininity.

Erin O’Connor, Paz Vega, and Fan Bingbing are some of the stars that have brilliantly brought to life the couture designs that are a natural pairing with the most anticipated red carpets the likes of the Cannes Film Festival and beyond.

The only natural response is to stop and stare at these creations, and thus you will be forgiven for gazing too long.

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Menswear Designer of the Year – Thom Sweeney

Menswear Designer of the Year - Thom Sweeney

All the most handsome cool-kids had Thom Sweeney on their side this year.

The menswear designer outfitted some of our favourite gentlemen on the red carpet, only upping their fine factor with bespoke suiting that meshed contemporary style with the highest level of craftsmanship.

Flawless tailoring and unmatched sartorial excellence have defined every ensemble, which each boasting an unmistakable elegance to its name.

Actors including the fetching Chiwetel Eljiofor, the dapper Michael Fassbender (in Thom Sweeney’s signature horseshoe waistcoat, no less), and the ever-hot Bradley Cooper are just a few who wore the brand best.

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Designer of the Year 2015 – Elie Saab

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Perhaps few will be surprised at the announcement that Elie Saab has snagged the Designer of the Year 2015 award yet again.

The crown has been his for five years now, as this red-carpet magician conjures up pure magic for a never-ending list of red-carpet beauties.

Continuing to send a jaw-dropping variety of looks out for all the style gawkers among us, the Lebanese designer shows no signs of slowing down the movement of his wizardry wand.

And, like 2014 proved, he has plenty more to offer aside from sequins, beading, and shine—an impeccably fitted, red brocade gown – worn by Katrina Kaif – couldn’t have been more strikingly refined without a hint of sparkle or embellishment.

Some of this year’s other highlights from the Lebanese designer include a non-dress, perfect pants moment from Jessica Chastain and Taylor Swift’s gorgeous-in-teal-green, ombre gown that was the most exquisite example of the high-low trend; the fuchsia heels the mere cherry on top.

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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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