22.12.15 Best Of

Emerging Brand of 2015 – Self-Portrait

Emerging Brand of 2015 - Self-Portrait

Unabashedly feminine with a calm, cool, and collected edginess, the London-based Self-Portrait design studio is a revelation.

For the good part of 2015, pretty young things have been reveling in the label’s equally pretty looks that are darling and just a little bit daring.

Red lace was never so classically dainty than in Abigail Spencer’s Azaelea midi dress while Ashley Madekwe proved that polka dots can be both playfully fun and playfully sexy in a cutout culottes ensemble.

Likewise, Rachel McAdams put the power of a good cutout on her side in an LBD that achieved the next level of greatness with impactful box pleating and ladylike tailoring.

Other fans of Self-Portrait include Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr, Chrissy Teigen, Olivia Wilde, and so many more, all of whom have embraced the line’s girly appeal and its all-grown-up sophistication.

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22.12.15 Best Of

Most Consistent 2015 – Naomie Harris

Most Consistent 2015 – Naomie Harris

Throw any look the way of Naomie Harris, and the actress beautifully flaunts it with nothing short of the ultimate polish and panache.

It was difficult enough to settle on a favourite look from her ‘Spectre’ promo tour, which effectively demonstrated her impressive consistency. There was nary a dull moment or a dud among them.

James Bond has nothing on this style star—and she rises above the rest of her impressively turned-out peers by never being afraid to explore bold, bright colour palettes, punchy patterns, and interesting silhouettes. Yet she never compromises her spirit of classically refined chicness.

She has a veritable laundry list of designers who are behind her consistently well-dressed endeavors: think Altuzarra, Balmain, Christian Dior, Dion Lee, Kaufmanfranco, Lanvin, Michael Kors, Mugler, Ralph Lauren, Roksanda, and Valentino. The sheer variety of these labels only further demonstrating her sartorial power.

The orange Stella McCartney strapless, corset gown at the London premiere of ‘Spectre’ was nothing short of a revelation, as I’m sure many of you will agree.

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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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