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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24.12.14 Best Of

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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24.12.14 Best Of

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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23.12.14 Best Of

Best Dressed Of The Year Readers’ Choice 2014

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1. Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé – Chopard Party
2. Fan Bingbing in Georges Chakra Couture – ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ World Premiere
3. Lily Collins in Elie Saab Couture – ‘Love, Rosie’ Rome Film Festival Premiere
4. Blake Lively in Gucci Première – ‘Grace of Monaco’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere & Opening Ceremony
5. Zhang Ziyi in Stéphane Rolland Couture – ‘Grace of Monaco’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere & Opening Ceremony
6. Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab Couture – ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ London Premiere
7. Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa – 2014 Met Gala
8. Lupita Nyong’o In Prada – Oscars 2014
9. Emma Stone in Atelier Versace – ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro’ World Premiere
10. Blake Lively in Gucci Première – 2014 Met Gala

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23.12.14 Best Of

Most Consistent, Breakout Star & Stand Out Star of Awards Season 2014 – Lupita Nyong’o

Most Consistent, Breakout Star & Stand Out Star of Awards Season 2014 - Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o one-upped herself this year, building on her 2013 Best Newcomer and Breakout Star award and doubling the recognition with a trio of wins for Breakout Star, Most Consistent and Standout Star of Awards Season.

It’s really no surprise though that the actress would score this Best Of trio. Ever since she stepped foot on the scene, we’ve been coveting her every style move, as she continues to make waves on the red carpet and in the industry as a filmmaker and an Oscar-winning actress. She also spent time in front of the camera for fashion rather than film, starring in Miu Miu’s Spring 2014 campaign.

Never afraid to trot out new looks, she consistently impresses in a range of silhouettes and a colourful palette of hues, always masterfully matching her impeccable makeup to her look.

She’s donned every major designer, from Altuzarra to Christian Dior, Chanel, Lanvin, Stella McCartney, and many more, but many of her most dazzling entrances occurred during awards season.

I’m still in awe of the glorious turquoise-blue Gucci gown with floral embellishment at the SAG Awards, not to mention her custom ivory Calvin Klein Collection cutout design at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. And who could forget that sweeping confection of a baby-blue dress from none other than Prada for the Oscars.

I can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2015.

Most Consistent Runner Up: Elizabeth Banks
Breakout Star Runner Up: Nicola Peltz

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23.12.14 Best Of

Needs A Style Do Over For 2015 – Rita Ora

Needs A Style Do Over For 2015

No better proof that Rita Ora is in desperate need of a style do-over in 2015 than her, ahem, creative and rather comical collection of looks over the past year that have likewise drawn a constant comparison to Rihanna.

Taken outfit by outfit, they are perhaps more digestible albeit no less excusable. But when stacked one right against the next, it’s clear just how far gone the British songstress’s application of tasteful style really is.

Just the very foursome of looks pictured here is a visual assault of magnificent proportions. I simply don’t know what’s worse—the bandanas and blue hair, the Ulyanka Sergeenko black velvet bodysuit, complete with thigh-high boots, at Z100’s Jingle Ball, the Fausto Puglisi sweatshirt and slit-up skirt at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball, or the Marchesa chiffon jumpsuit with a mystery ’do.

On some level, I think we all can appreciate her provocative, no-fear approach to fashion and beauty. And, on the rare occasion, she does teeter on tasteful, cool-girl territory.

But, all too often, she falls back to looks that are nothing short of tragique. She can do so much better in carving out her own unique style voice that’s bold and edgy without being brash and obnoxious.

Until then, though, hide your eyes.

Runner Up: Jennifer Lawrence

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