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The Top 10 Red Carpet Looks We Loved in 2017

2017 is nearly at its end – before we go into the next year, it’s always nice to have a refresher of all the best looks that graced the red carpet this year, no? Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts too!

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#1: Zendaya in Vivetta Fall 2017, Calvin Klein Spring 2018, Giuseppe di Morabito and Moschino Spring 2018
Celine Dion might have made reinvented herself (fashion-wise) this year but it was really Zendaya who is Law Roach’s star client (Law Roach plays stylist to both of them). We’ve said it before – Zendaya is our pick as the next Rihanna – like Riri, you can never really predict what Zendaya is going to wear next and she’s got the balls and confidence to rock the hell out of whatever she’s wearing. People don’t really realise this but charisma is the final It-factor to really create a memorable look (and not just a “nice” one) on the red carpet, and Zendaya has it in spades. I mean, seriously, just look at that butterfly dress from Moschino’s Spring 2018 collection (not really a brand typically worn on the red carpet) – I cannot think of anyone else who might have looked as elegant in the… shall we call it, spirited design. #2: Amal Clooney in Atelier Versace
Ditto for Mrs Clooney, who walked away with what might just be the most romantic Versace gown this year. This is a woman who has just given birth to twins mind you. Everything worked – from the soft lilac hue of the gown to the retro beauty styling, it was an all-time great, even by Amal Clooney’s high standards. #3: Keira Knightley in Valentino Spring 2018
I was happy to see Keira Knightley back on the red carpet – she’s been largely absent from appearances this year. At the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, she was back in one of her two favourite labels, Valentino (the other being Chanel), looking her usual MO: ethereal fairy (notice I said fairy, not princess). To be honest, when I first saw the gown on the Valentino Spring 2018 runway, I was a bit perturbed by the lime green ribbons but now it makes sense – it adds a dose of whimsy to what might have been a pretty, but forgettable look. Yes, Knightley always tends to go for a slightly Victorian-ish vibe but when she owns the look so well, how can you say no? The only thing I would have changed would be her makeup – just the slightest bit rosier cheeks or lips and she would be the perfect English rose. #4: Emma Stone in Givenchy couture
This year’s Best Actress Oscar winner Emma Stone was the picture of a classic beauty in this Givenchy couture fringed number. It was reportedly former creative director Riccardo Tisci’s final design at Givenchy and it was exquisite – especially in movement (it looks a tad static here). I do still wish Stone had taken a more adventurous streak during her award seasons run, as she did two years ago in that spectacular Lanvin jumpsuit with the oversized bow (Alber Elbaz-era Lanvin please) but I can see why she chose to go the classic route at the Oscars – in years to come, she’ll still look faultless. Unlike Brie Larson in Gucci when she won her Oscar the year before – I think that look will age badly. #5: Lupita Nyong'o in Halpern Spring 2018
Snagging my favourite look from fast-rising label Halpern‘s Spring collection, Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Lupita Nyong’o (she plays Maz Kanata) was a force to be reckoned with at the movie’s recent premiere. Some might say she overshadowed lead actress Daisy Ridley but hey, anything is fair game on the red carpet. This rich emerald green embellished Halpern dress is really suited to Nyong’o – she usually favours bold, saturated colours and the green against her skin tone is divine. I love that she doesn’t shy away from adding a magenta lip (magenta against emerald green? Brilliant.) and her gold accessories complemented the dress perfectly. #6: Olga Kurylenko in Elie Saab fall 2017 couture
Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) was the ultimate lady in red in this hyper-feminine Elie Saab number. I’m normally not that enamoured with Elie Saab pieces and the women who wear them – typically princess-y – but this red pussybow gown feels totally perfect for the festive season and Kurylenko is really working the hell out of the gown with her posing. #7: Elle Fanning in Gucci Fall 2017, Vivienne Westwood couture, Rodarte, Dior couture
Beguiled star Elle Fanning had the most fantastic run during Cannes Film Festival earlier this year – each of her premiere looks, from the jade green Gucci to the intense lilac Rodarte, were well-considered. While it did not stray very far from Fanning’s usual girly, pastel-y looks, each was well-executed and elevated (rightly so, considering this is Cannes). If I really had to pick my favourite look though, it would have to be the lilac Rodarte (stunning colour) and the feather-embroidered Dior couture gown – the details are simply exquisite on the latter.   #8: Ruth Negga in Louis Vuitton
Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga (Loving) was the breakout star of the year during the annual award seasons run but nowhere was she better than in this custom-designed Louis Vuitton gown at the Golden Globes awards in January. Glamorous is one thing – but when it comes to major award shows, stars tend to take a safer (read: boring) route. Not Ms.Negga. Looking every bit a modern-day Joan of Arc (the gown worked so well with her gamine pixie cut), my only wish is she’d reserved it for the biggest stage of all – the Oscars. #9: Cara Delevingne in Iris Van Herpen Fall 2017 couture and Chanel Spring 2017 couture
Completing the trio of stars who had fantastic promo runs for their films (Zendaya and Elle Fanning are the first two), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets star Cara Delevingne was the strongest proponent of the sci-fi trend. First up – the Chanel Spring 2017 couture suit which she wore to the Met Gala. She took it one step further and painted her freshly shaved head silver to match the suit – now that’s what we call commitment. Totally memorable and a huge stand-out at the Met Gala, possibly my favourite at the Gala (sorry Rihanna). Secondly, the futuristic Iris Van Herpen Fall 2017 couture gown which Delevingne wore to the premiere of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Yes it is a sci-fi film and Iris Van Herpen is one of the most obvious options but when Delevingne wears it so well, let’s not nitpick. I love that her stylist went for a retro ’20s fingerwave look for her hair – the end result was that Delevingne looked both futuristic yet slightly redolent of the 1920s. #10: Erin O'Connor in Emilia Wickstead
Yes ’90s supermodel Erin O’Connor might be a surprise to some – she’s not your typical big name actress but she has poise for days – and then some. Looking utterly regal in a floral printed Emilia Wickstead dress, this was summer dressing at its most elegant. I wouldn’t change a thing about this look. Like this? Check out the dreamiest accessories we’d like from Dior this Christmas, 6 events to hit up this weekend that aren’t Christmas related and the top 10 acts we can’t wait to catch at Laneway 2018.