24.12.14 Best Of

Best Maternity Style 2014 – Blake Lively

Best Maternity Style 2014 - Blake Lively
Gorgeous mother-to-be Blake Lively is the inaugural winner of the new Best Maternity Style nod, and she’s so far done justice to the award with her curve-enhancing wardrobe.

The actress has always been a fashion-girl since her ‘Gossip Girl’ days. She favours strong, independent statements that are classically elegant with a contemporary, free-spirited spin—looks that have already garnered her recognition as one-half of the best-dressed couple of 2014 with her handsome hubby, Ryan Reynolds.

And, her sense of style has transitioned perfectly with her burgeoning baby bump. She kicked off her first public maternity appearance in fine form, showing her softer side in a Michael Kors oleander and lilac embroidered gown at the God’s Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards.

While she was likewise the epitome of sultry elegance in all-black Kaufmanfranco gown, her most pivotal moment thus far has been a pale-yellow Gucci gown with an embroidered plunge neckline at the Angel Ball; it maintained a beautiful balance between hot-mama sexiness and all-out sophistication.

Plus, there’s sure to be a few more modish maternity moments left from Blake before she and Ryan welcome their new little one, who will no doubt be just as stylish as his/her mom and dad.

Runner Up: Zoe Saldana

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24.12.14 Best Of

Promo Tour Star 2014 – Elizabeth Banks for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’

Promo Tour Star 2014 – Elizabeth Banks for 'The Hunger Games Mockingjay, Part 1'

Elizabeth Banks was once again our Promo Tour Star for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’ following her 2013 Promo Tour Star win for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’

With the film’s main star Jennifer Lawrence yo-yoing back and forth between stunning and less successful ensembles, Elizabeth yet again proved herself the leading actress on the red carpet with her breathtaking entrances.

A promo tour’s nothing without a good dose of drama in the form of striking, statement dresses, and Elizabeth’s gowns spoke volumes, none more so than the Elie Saab Couture confection that captivated us at the London world premiere. It was total enchantment.

The red-hot sizzle of her Saint Laurent side-slit gown at a Berlin press event was another unforgettable ‘Mockingjay’ moment, where she demonstrated just how powerful a more minimal look can be.

Runner Up: Emma Stone for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro’ World Premiere

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Best Dressed Teen 2014 – Kiernan Shipka

Best Dressed Teen 2014 – Kiernan Shipka

For the second year in the row, Kiernan Shipka was voted your best dressed teen.

The style-setting ‘Mad Men’ actress has continued to impress with her age-appropriate yet directional red-carpet selections. She’s a fashion girl in the making, and she will no doubt continue setting the bar for all fellow starlets.

Never afraid to go for bold, she’ll wear bright colours, daring prints, and statement-making silhouettes, deftly trotting out everything from rainbow lace to whimsical embroidery and flower-power patterns by leading labels the likes of Valentino, Christian Dior, and Mary Katrantzou.

The one common thread among all her outings is that they are absolutely adorable yet never toothache-sweet.

One of my favourite looks from Kiernan was her pink Marni embellished, peplum frock at the MuchMusic Awards, popped with a mint-green clutch.

In fact, that’s the beauty of Kiernan’s style; she dresses from head to toe, always ensuring every handbag, shoe (even a lemon-hued pump!) and accessory is a thoughtful and punchy addition.

Runner Up: Elle Fanning

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24.12.14 Best Of

Best Ensemble Cast 2014 – ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1’

Best Ensemble Cast 2014 – 'The Hunger Games Mockingjay, Part 1'

For the past two years, it’s been all about the game—‘The Hunger Games,’ that is, with the movie saga captivating our attention, not least because of its bevy of beauties who storm the red carpets across the globe for the promo tour of the latest installment.

Continuing their ‘Catching Fire’ Best Ensemble Cast victory from 2013, ‘The Hunger Games’ group was no less fashionable or fiery in 2014, yet again securing the status as your best ensemble cast as they promoted ‘Mockingjay, Part 1’ while jetsetting from London to Los Angeles, and New York City to Cannes.

The full set of femmes were all together, posing at the London world premiere. A rare group shot of the starlets showed off a motley mix of outfits that was anything but harmonious. However, it fully demonstrated the unique set of style personalities among the cast and the fact that they do little to coordinate their premiere looks—for better or worse.

While not everyone impressed—Natalie Dormer’s Nicholas Oakwell gown didn’t score high marks, although she later redeemed herself in L.A.—Jennifer Lawrence scored a rare hit in her pretty Christian Dior light-blue, high-low gown with black floral embroidery. Jena Malone was likewise radiant and intriguing in her Emilia Wickstead two-piece look grounded by a bright-yellow skirt. Even the movie’s ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ singer Lorde joined the fun in a signature mannish, black-and-white ensemble by Schiaparelli.

Julianne Moore was likewise in top form in London, wearing a Balenciaga black gown with a woven cape–like detail. Yet none were so breathtaking as Elizabeth Banks in her painterly Elie Saab gown that was utterly enchanting.

Although the guys, including Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Sam Claflin, also are due their own recognition for imparting a handsome, well-tailored spin to the ‘Mockingjay’ cast, no boys allowed here. After all, who needs them with this set of power girls.

Runner Up: ‘Noah’

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24.12.14 Best Of

Best Newcomer 2014 – Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Best Newcomer 2014 - Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw may be a newcomer to the scene, but she’s quickly staked her claim as a fashion force to be reckoned with.

The British actress has already racked up a list of colourful and classically modern, sartorial victories to go along with her film credits.

Where to begin? A custom Lanvin column gown by Alber Elbaz in emerald green at the ‘Beyond the Lights’ New York premiere couldn’t have been more elegantly refined if it tried—complementing rather than competing with her beauty.

Another custom Lanvin confection, this one in bold black and white floral print, was equally astonishing at the Met Gala.

A minimalist, pale-peach Calvin Klein dress was subtle and oh-so-sophisticated at an ELLE event.

Lupita Nyong’o left big shoes to fill in the Best Newcomer department last year, but Gugu has certainly strapped on her stilettos and done the role proud. She’ll not soon fall off our ones- to-watch list.

Runner Up: Odeya Rush

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Best Dressed Couple 2014 – Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively

Best Dressed Couple 2014 - Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds couldn’t be more beautiful and handsome if they tried. She, the definitive embodiment of glamour, and he, the distinguished, impeccably dressed gentleman who still maintains all the cuteness of schoolboy charm in his eyes.

Together, they are the consummate Hollywood couple, coordinating their style statements and complementing each other so well.

They were breathtaking in his and hers Gucci entrances during the Cannes Film Festival, working the union of black and white to ultimate effect.

The magic of their golden-age allure was also out in force at the Met Gala, where Blake again was at her best in a sparkling Gucci Première blush gown, elevated by blonde finger waves and a soft red lip. Ryan only needed the sharp cut of a Gucci Made to Order ‘Signoria’ tux to complete the picture.

Now, with baby on the way, no doubt they will be some of the most well-dressed parents around.

Runner Up: Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves

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Best Plus One 2014 – Camila Alves

Best Plus One 2014 - Camila Alves

What was the best thing about Matthew McConaughey’s awards season run, and who was only person who had a 100% record throughout the ‘Interstellar’ promo tour?

Camila Alves.

So it comes as no surprised that we’ve crowned her Best Plus One of 2014.

This award has been pretty much wrapped up since Oscar night, hence there being no need for a poll.

Whether she was complementing her husband in a chic Georges Hobeika Couture jumpsuit or stealing the spotlight in breath-taking gowns, she always played the leading role in this delightfully handsome red carpet double act.

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