Thursday 21 June 2018

Who wore it best? Our 2017 style queens

 

Ruth Negga
Ruth Negga
Michelle Pfeiffer
Celine Dion
Nicole Kidman
Natalie Portman
Rihanna
Zoe Kravitz
Cara Delevingne
Victoria Beckham
Kate Middleton
William H Macy and Felicity Huffman
Harry Styles

Meadhbh McGrath

From red carpet to workwear and maternity, find out which celebrities wowed us with their sartorial choices this year, writes Meadhbh McGrath

Best Export: Ruth Negga

The undisputed queen of Oscar season was Ruth Negga. As well as landing a US Vogue cover and being name-checked in that Meryl speech, the Irish-Ethiopian actress shone at every press conference, premiere and awards show and quickly established herself as a fashion darling. She enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Maison Valentino, but it was her custom Louis Vuitton gown at the Golden Globes that proved to be her true movie star moment.

Best Red Carpet: Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman
 

2017 has been the year of the Kidmanaissance. Between Big Little Lies, The Beguiled, Top of the Lake and The Killing of a Sacred Deer - not to mention a smouldering cover shoot for Love magazine - the 50-year-old is enjoying a spectacular career resurgence, with a red carpet wardrobe to match. The Calvin Klein by Appointment dress she wore to collect her Best Actress Emmy, styled with mismatched heels, was the standout.

Best Comeback: Michelle Pfeiffer

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Michelle Pfeiffer
 

Michelle Pfeiffer returned to the big screen this year with scene-stealing turns in mother! and Murder on the Orient Express. The 59-year-old wowed in delicate lace and body-skimming chainmail at the Venice Film Festival, but it was her stunning liquid silver Prada gown in London that really stole the spotlight.

Best Street Style: Celine Dion

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Celine Dion
 

Following the loss of her husband Rene Angelil last year, the Canadian pop diva has reinvented herself as a fashion icon. The evolution of her style has been a thrill to watch - with the help of an edgy stylist, Law Roach, she developed a fearless new look, taking Paris Couture Week by storm in a series of ever-more extravagant designs by Balenciaga, Fendi, Dior and Off-White. Her all-python-everything outfit by Rochas and Balmain is just one in a long line of exquisitely outlandish ensembles.

Best risk taker: Rihanna

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Rihanna
 

The pop star has come to be just as well-known for her fashion choices as her music, and it's at the Met Ball where she really seems to come into her own. Her dramatic yellow Guo Pei cape at the 2015 gala was a tough act to follow, but she more than delivered in a beautifully ornate Comme des Garcons look to honour the designer Rei Kawakubo. No wonder Rihanna's already been invited back to host the 2018 event, which bears the ambitious (and potentially very controversial) theme 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination'.

Best Maternity: Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman
 

Most A-listers in the late stages of pregnancy tend to shy away from anything too dramatic on the red carpet. Which is why we have to commend the gorgeous Natalie Portman, whose second pregnancy coincided with her second Best Actress awards-season run. Instead of playing it safe, she opted for thrillingly unique designs, like the voluminous ivory gown, fresh off the Dior Haute Couture catwalk, at the Screen Actors Guild awards.

Best Newcomer: Zoe Kravitz

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Zoe Kravitz
 

With parents like the impossibly cool Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, this 29-year-old was always destined to become a style star. While she has been an underground darling since her teens, 2017 was her breakout year, after landing a starring role in hit series Big Little Lies, a YSL beauty campaign and a heap of magazine covers including Vogue and ELLE. Her feathered ombre Dior Couture dress at the Emmys was a breath of fresh air.

Best Distraction from a Critical Flop: Cara Delevingne

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Cara Delevingne
 

The hugely-anticipated Luc Besson epic Valerian was met with dreadful reviews, but its star Cara Delevingne (along with Rihanna, who had a small role in the film) kept audiences gripped with a dazzling press tour wardrobe. Never mind that the film bombed at the box office, the 24-year-old held our attention with a string of chic, sci-fi-inspired looks.

Best Workwear: Victoria Beckham

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Victoria Beckham
 

Since she abandoned the body-con, plunging necklines and teetering stilettos of her Wag years, Posh Spice has become the ultimate workwear pinup. As well as being an excellent ambassador for her own brand - she frequently wears outfits straight from the runway - VB demonstrates how to pull off duo-toning (colour-blocking contrasting shades) and modest dressing that still looks fresh and feminine.

Best Makeover: Kate Middleton

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Kate Middleton
 

We may have gotten wrapped up in Meghan mania towards the latter half of the year, but let's not forget that her soon-to-be sister-in-law had a stellar year too. Kate tends to play it safe with a fairly conservative wardrobe, but she started to shake things up in 2017 with a bold, stylish new look. She stole the show at Wimbledon in a monochrome polka dot dress by Dolce & Gabbana, replacing her famously long locks with a youthful 'lob'.

Best Couple: Felicity Huffman and William H Macy

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William H Macy and Felicity Huffman
 

Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Felicity Huffman and William H Macy were easily the cutest couple of awards season. Shots of the pair pulling goofy poses and Macy gazing admiringly at Huffman as she posed for the cameras in delicate blue Tony Ward lace were enough to melt the hearts of even the most hardened cynics.

Best Bloke: Harry Styles

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Harry Styles
 

When he first shot to fame, Harry Styles' look consisted of skinny scarves, cardigans and a mop of curls. Now his bad boy days are (temporarily) behind him, the former One Directioner has chopped off his hair and rebuilt himself as a sort of Baby Jagger. With a Gucci-heavy wardrobe of flamboyant suits, he presents a delightful change from the typically dreary uniform of the male superstar.

Irish Independent

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