This has been a big year for fashion hits--and a few misses, but we’ll stay mum about those! Everyone from Taylor Swift to Kate Bosworth turned out in their most dashing looks. Award shows such as the Grammys and the VMAs were red carpet bait per usual, as were the “fashion Oscars” at Vogue’s Met Ball and the parties of New York Fashion Week. We’ve rounded up our favorite superstars in their most show-stopping looks throughout the year.
The Golden Globes
The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards kicked off the year in fashion and did not disappoint. We love the Globes for their relaxed atmosphere--also known as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler drinking on stage. Everyone has fun with their outfits, putting their best fashion foot forward to welcome the new year. Emma Stone donned a bedazzled Lanvin jumpsuit with a wonderful sash, keeping her look youthful and fun yet formal. Allison Williams was another favorite, starting her big year in fashion off right. In crimson beaded Armani Prive, she got a little practice in girly gowns, ramping up for her Peter Copping for Oscar de la Renta wedding dress later that year.
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February came next. Our two favorites included Katy Perry in Zuhair Murad with newly-debuted lavender hair, and Taylor Swift in a stunning turquoise Elie Saab gown, complete with fuschia platforms. Both were age appropriate and representative of each entertainer’s personality. We hope these two can bury the hatchet soon, at least for the sake of fashion.
White, white, white hot! The Oscars, the most prestigious of all the acting awards, saw most people playing it pretty safe with their fashion. But not winner Julianne Moore, whose custom Chanel dress took almost 1,000 hours to make. The dress was accented by Chopard jewels and the actress was positively radiant--although that might have also had something to do with her win. Lupita Nyong’o, continuing her string of successes, wore custom Calvin Klein. The dress was beaded with 6,000 pearl beads and was stolen post-show, and later found back at the actress’s hotel. At least the thief had good taste. Nyong’o's dress is stunning.
Vogue’s Met Gala
The “fashion Oscars” came in May, and many interpreted the "China: Through the Looking Glass” theme in...unusual ways. But two stand outs who stuck to the theme and paid respects to the high altar of fashion were Emily Blunt in custom Prada and Rihanna in Guo Pei. Blunt’s custom Prada had nods to Asian motifs and her two-tone dress/cape combo was subtle. And RiRi not only stole the entire thing with her sweeping canary yellow gown and cape, but she was one of the few to wear a Chinese designer.
Young, fun and a little crazy--the VMA’s never disappoint when it comes to the red carpet. If you didn't notice, Miley wore next to nothing. But our favorites were two of Taylor Swift’s #girlsquad, Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid. Delevingne, who is known for her risks, went relatively safe with this fun Saint Laurent stunner. And Gigi Hadid...well, very few people can pull off this shade--see: RiRi--and the Middle Eastern-Dutch-American beauty is definitely one of them. Designer Emilia Wickstead is known as one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorites, so we love the shock of not only the color but the cut here--definitely not appropriate for the Princess, but appropriate for a member of one of reality TV’s first families!
New York Fashion Week
When the glitterati descend on New York in September to kick off what insiders now call “fashion month” (New York, London, Milan, Paris, phew!), we all look to see what the cool girls are wearing. This year was no exception. Kendall Jenner makes our list for her look at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons party, where she wore a sleek, streamlined Calvin Klein--a look she's done, but we're not complaining. We love this partnership--Jenner’s California cool is a great pairing to Francisco Costa’s minimalism. Kate Bosworth also kept it simple, photographed here at House of Gant. Some of our favorite fashion moments are the most simple, n’est-ce pas?
Later in the year the Council of Fashion Designers of America put on their annual awards show that brings out everyone from the Olsen twins to Diane Von Furstenberg. The A-listers, heavy hitters and fashion’s rising stars usually bring it full force to these awards, with most designers showing off their goods on the arm of a supermodel date. Designer Prabal Gurung went with model-beautiful actress Diane Kruger in a beaded red and black number with a high slit, while America’s sweetheart designer Tory Burch wore one of her own creations that would have been welcome at the Met Gala. Both were elegant and slightly out of the box, a winning combo for this particular event.