24.12.14 Best Of

Fashion Rebel 2014 – Rihanna

Fashion Rebel 2014 - Rihanna

She’s provocative. She’s brash. She’s bold. And she’s completely unapologetic. All of which makes Rihanna the perfect recipient for our Fashion Rebel nod, a newly added Best Of award for 2014.

Rihanna has been pushing the envelope and colouring outside the lines for awhile now, but this past year may have claimed her most memorably daring ensembles yet. Breaking all the rules, she marched to her own uber-sexy beat, showing off her attitude and assets, often with as little fabric as humanly possible.

She rocked a risqué Tom Ford white gown at the amfAR L.A. Inspiration Gala with strategically placed purple embellishments. A Stella McCartney oversized tuxedo blazer—and nothing else—was her look du jour at the British Fashion Awards.

Yet none of her rebel wardrobe could have prepared us for that gown at the CFDA Fashion Awards—you know the one. The sparkling, sheer Adam Selman fishnet dress was one Swarovski crystal away from total nakedness, but we’d expect nothing less from our resident fashion rebel. Her gothic-punk, black sheer lace Givenchy Couture number at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, worn with a green pout, was tame in comparison but no less unorthodox.

It’s not that she didn’t have plenty more modest, at least on her terms, outings. But they still had every bit of Rihanna’s signature sexed-up, rebel edge—just without so much skin. Sometimes even rebels have a softer side, after all.

Runner Up: Jena Malone

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24.12.14 Best Of

Best Dressed Male 2014 – Eddie Redmayne

Best Dressed Male 2014 – Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne has done it again. The British cutie is three for three the past three years as your best-dressed man around. However, let’s face it, when he clenched the Best Dressed Male 2013, we were already anticipating he’d keep his winning streak going strong in 2014.

Of course, it doesn’t take much to make this boyish-handsome hotshot stand out among the rest. But he’s really upped the stakes this past year while playing the fashion game.

Flashing an impish grin at every turn, he’s a walking billboard for the power of a Burberry Prorsum slim-fit suit and the strength of a well-tailored Tom Ford satin-lapel tux.

But, in addition to his sharp-as-a-tack looks, what’s really swoon-worthy is the actor’s continued fearlessness when it comes to colour combinations, sporting every shade from burgundy to midnight blue and bright teal. His recent Hardy Ames navy plaid suit at the London premiere of ‘The Theory of Everything’ couldn’t have been smarter if it tried.

Oh, and he’s also now fully mastered the art of the pose, always striking his signature lean-left or lean-right stance, which only adds another note of swagger to his style.

With impeccable tailoring, interesting colours, and undeniably good looks all on his side, he’s a triple threat. Will any other well-dressed male ever stand a chance?

Runner Up: David Beckham

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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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24.12.14 Best Of

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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