22.12.15 Best Of

Clutch of the Year 2015 – Edie Parker

Clutch of the Year 2015 - Edie Parker

Good things come in small packages—at least when it comes to the Edie Parker clutch.

Starlets were majorly crushing on these mini bags, gripping onto the little jewel-box designs and thereby enhancing their ensembles with the virtual flick of the wrist.

The clutches weren’t made to blend in—rather, they serve as an accent piece to red-carpet wear, bringing party-ready flair to any ensemble.

Most significantly, bespoke phrases and names emblazoned on some of the designs, such as Sophia Bush’s “Sophia” box clutch, literally make a statement.

Think of an Edie Parker piece as icing on the cake—and how sweet it is.

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22.12.15 Best Of

Entertainer of the Year 2015 – Taylor Swift

Entertainer of the Year 2015 Taylor Swift

We are clearly all remembering Taylor Swift standing in a nice dress—or two, no less—this year. The songstress is the consummate talent, and her trophy case only keeps on expanding come every award show. Little wonder, then, that she is our Entertainer of the Year again, following last year’s win.

And she’s only continued to raise her style game, too, as her star power continues to shine ever brighter.

Thankfully, 2015 saw her continue to move farther and farther away from sugary sweetness and into far more interesting and enthralling territory. Her model besties certainly didn’t hurt either in establishing T-Swift as a trendsetting, talented force to be reckoned with.

Those with any doubt only need see a few of her wardrobe selections beginning with the Elie Saab jaw-dropping teal-blue, high-low gown that balanced youthful playfulness with a fashion ‘it’ girl vibe. A black-lace-encrusted, grass-green Julien MacDonald gown brought in an element of vampy, good-girl-gone-edgy.

Her cutout white Balmain jumpsuit at the Billboard Music Awards may have been one of her most significant highlights for me. Seductive minimalism at its very finest.

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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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22.12.15 Best Of

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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22.12.15 Best Of

Designer of the Year 2015 – Elie Saab

Designer of the Year 2015 Elie Saab 2

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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