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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

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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22.12.15 Best Of

Most Worn Brand 2015 – Valentino

Most Worn Brand 2015 – Valentino

It may seem that fashion powerhouses such as Christian Dior or last year’s most worn brand, Louis Vuitton, were easy winners for 2015’s most popularly donned brand. But no matter how many times Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Portman wore Dior, the classic charms of Valentino proved victorious.

Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli created nothing short of sartorial magic for a range of celebrities this past year.

The constellation of Valentino-clad stars including Jane Fonda, Kate Mara, and Zoe Kravitz (debuting a lovely softer side in an ethereal white gown) shows the sheer versatility of the label to cross the red carpet, style, and age spectrum.

From intricately beautiful floral embroideries to out-of-this-world planetary patterns and goddess gowns, the sense of artful sophistication is strong, all amidst a sweetly whimsical background.

Clearly, such a fusion makes for quite the winning combination.

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