My Best Dressed Celebrities: 2014

Last year I had the foresight to create a Pinterest board, starting in January to keep track of all the amazing looks that would hit the red carpets throughout awards season, Cannes, the MET Gala and the numerous film premieres and press tours and make my life easier when it came to my compile my annual list.

It’s my favourite part of the year because it’s a treat to be reminded of all those epic dresses that were debuted and some of them I had forgotten about. It was clear early on who would definitely earn themselves a spot high on my list (*ahem Lupita*) but also those looks that still deserve a mention despite not making it on to my list.

Jessica Chastain’s stunning electric blue Atelier Versace and lilac Elie Saab gowns, Amal Alamuddin Clooney’s whole wedding weekend, Lily Collins’ Elie Saab at the Rome Film Festival and Emily Blunt’s vivid red Prada at her New York film premiere for Edge of Tomorrow and Elizabeth Banks’ breathtaking Elie Saab confection from the London premiere of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Also who could possibly forget Kim Kardashian West’s Givenchy wedding dress and Angelina Jolie’s unique Atelier Versace wedding dress.

10. Diane Kruger

Always one to push the envelope with different silhouettes, hair, accessories, colour and beauty, Diane Kruger is a rare celebrity in that she can never look bad.

I’ve been a massive fan of the actress for years now, and of course being one half of a beautiful couple always does favours. She has the best accessory around in her long-term partner Josh Jackson and is always radiant on the red carpet.

My favourite look from Diane this year was her black and floral embellished Elie Saab gown that she wore to the Critics’ Choice Television Awards in June. I had this on my wish list for the red carpet when I saw it float down the runway and I was more than happy to see my favourite style icon wear it. Other fabulous looks include her Valentino Couture dress from the Vanity Fair Oscars party and a beautiful velvet Preen ball gown she wore to Sean Penn’s Help for Haiti annual ‘do.

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9. Taylor Swift

I have had a strange love affair with Taylor Swift this year. It wasn’t long ago I was professing my absolute hatred at how annoying the starlet was, but then the songstress gave herself a total makeover and I fell a little bit in love.

A couple of things happened to Taylor this year, she chopped off her hair released a brand new album and a major style turning point came in April when she wore that black and white J.Mendel gown to the American Country Music Awards instead of her usuall glittery sequined outfits. The haircut is still a little twee, but it has a hint of BFF supermodel Karlie Kloss about it and was a nice refresh. I cannot tell you how jealous I am of her gravity-defying side-swept fringe, if only.

Taylor Swift is one hellishly busy lady so it was near impossible to include every look she’s ever worn just this year alone because she treats the pavement like her catwalk too and dishes out plenty of high end designers amongst high street brands like ASOS and Topshop.

One of my favourite looks from Taylor came at the American Music Awards where she wore a custom turquoise Michael Kors column dress tied definitely with her super-sexy Zuhair Murad look for the Victoria’s Secret after party.

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8. Kate Hudson

Kate is always a feature in my lists, she doesn’t hit every red carpet going but when she’s on one you definitely know it because she will be easily the best dressed there.

The actress hit a home run early on in 2014 at The Oscars where she turned up in a jaw-dropping Atelier Versace gown that topped my looks of the evening. She then didn’t stop there but arrived at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party in a black Zuhair Murad gown that was equally as beautiful.

My favourite look from Kate, apart from her Oscars gown of course, was her purple Stella McCartney dress that she wore to the Baby2Baby Gala in November. Showcasing her bangin’ body is Kate’s go-to and this cutout look is perfect for the Californian beauty.

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7. Ashley Madekwe

British-born Ashley is one of those celebrities that is not recognised enough as a style powerhouse, yet you look back at every single red carpet she’s appeared on and you would never find a bad look. Ever.

A massive style and beauty crush of mine (I owe the discovery of MAC’s Ruby Woo to her), she has worked a lot of red carpets this year in designers from Dior to Elie Saab to Burberry.

I struggled to pick one look as a standout because I was massively torn between her burnt orange Wes Gordon slip dress she wore to the amFar Gala in Milan, her white hot Banana Republic suit at the recent BFAs, or her super chic Burberry look at London Fashion Week. Pick for me?

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6. Rihanna

Could I ever really do a best dressed list in 2014 and not include Rihanna? This woman marches to the beat of her own drum and doesn’t not give one shiny f**k what anyone thinks.

By no means has every look that Rihanna wore this year been commended, I mean her Givenchy black lace green-lipped look at the iHeartRadio Music Awards was scary, not to mention the times she stepped out looking like Smurfette, but the rest of the time she will be the major star on the red carpet pulling something off that absolutely no one else could even dream of (yes I’m talking about you Rita Ora).

My favourite looks come courtesy of Rihanna’s stunning red Zac Posen gown she wore to her inaugural Diamond Ball for her Clara Lionel Foundation, that super chic pink tweed Altuzarra suit, her white Ulyana Sergeenko nightie she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards and that super fun Stella Jean bodycon dress that she wore when visiting the White House larking around pretending to be Olivia Pope.

I can’t include Rihanna without mentioning that naked Adam Selman dress she wore, because yes her areolas were on display and so was her bare arse, but the make up, the matching Swarovski-adorned bandana and jewels was one of those moments you will always list when talking about the pop star. And she looked hot, and if you hadn’t figured already she’s Rihanna she can do what she wants.

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5. Emma Stone

Emma knows what works for her and that’s her red hair. She had a brief dalliance back to her natural blonde colour not so long ago for her part in Birdman (which FYI is brilliant go and see it immediately), but her red roots make her looks really pop.

So from wearing a vivid yellow Atelier Versace to her Spider-Man London premiere or a forest green Valentino at the Birdman premiere at the Rome Film Festival she will always top the best dressed in my eyes.

Emma has worked several different silhouettes this year, with a particular stand out being the Saint Laurent check suit she wore doing press at the BBC Radio One studios and that adorable red sixties-inspired Valentino dress she wore for an appearance at the Empire State Building.

My favourite look from Emma Stone this year was the beautiful white Prada dress she wore for the New York Spider-Man premiere. I’m always surprised when I see a particularly spectacular red carpet look from Prada because Anne Hathaway’s 2013 Oscars dress is still burned in my mind.

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4. Blake Lively

The Queen of Cannes Film Festival this year, Blake Lively was on a high right at the beginning of 2014. Basically every time the blonde appeared jaws dropped to the floor.

Her beauty is absolutely her best accessory not to mention those long luscious L’Oreal preened locks of hers. When she strutted out as part of her ambassador role for the cosmetics powerhouse we expected nothing short of magnificent, and we were not disappointed.

Not only did Blake work the Cannes carpet to astonishing effect, but she also still managed to pull out yet another epic Gucci Premiere gown for the MET Gala with her perfect plus one hubby Ryan Reynolds. Then she announced her pregnancy and looked even more blooming lovely, can this woman ever fail?

Wearing one of my favourite looks of the whole year number one comes in the guise of Blake’s black and white tuxedo-inspired Gucci gown from the Cannes premiere of Ryan’s film Captives.

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3. Lupita Nyong’o

A major player early in the game, Lupita Nyong’o absolutely nailed red carpet dressing this year. A newcomer to the awards circuit, she was nominated at every major awards for her role in 12 Years A Slave which culminated in picking up the Best Supporting Actress gong at The Oscars.

What a way to start the year for this amazing woman, not only picking up awards but a fashion campaign with Miu Miu, a beauty campaign with Lancome and a coveted Vogue cover in July, Lupita is a major voice in the rights for black women should be given in the entertainment industry. She gave a particularly amazing and inspirational speech at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards that is well worth a listen.

Lupita’s favourite look for me this year has to be the red haute caped Ralph Lauren dress that she wore to the Golden Globes. It literally won award season for me, as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one. But let’s not forget the stunning turquoise Gucci dress she wore to the SAG Awards that popped against her skin and that custom white Calvin Klein she wore to the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. I wasn’t as in love with the star’s pale blue Prada Oscar dress but can appreciate how beautiful it made Lupita look, and her jewel green Dior dress she wore to the BAFTAs.

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2. Emma Watson

Emma made my year when she turned up to the Golden Globe Awards in vintage Dior Couture. Not only was in a unique look but she was in trousers and still made it to the top of every best dressed list out there. Trousers are not a brand new thing that nobody has done before – it was just all in Emma’s execution. I’ve never understood why celebrities have to do that looking-over-the-shoulder-arse shot but if it were not for that then we would have never seen the beauty of Emma’s look.

From this moment on Emma has been seen in several more Dior looks, which lead me to championing the Harry Potter actress to take over as the new face for the brand over Jennifer Lawrence. It always amazes me at how hit-and-miss Jennifer is when appearing on the red carpet in Dior, yet those who are not loyal to the brand can put the Hunger Games starlet in the shade. Maybe 2015 will be the year for Emma to land her own fashion campaign, if not for Dior then Ralph Lauren at least.

Emma has been slowly shedding that sugar coated Hermione look for a few years now, after drastically cutting her hair into a pixie crop to going sexy minis. She seems to have found her signature style this past year that suits her, not overtly sexy but so sleek, chic and oozing old Hollywood glamour.

I loved her style during fashion week with the Valentino FROW look a particular fave, and it seems that Emma has a thing for trousers sporting no less than six more red carpet masculine-inspired looks throughout 2014.

Emma also launched the movement for gender equality campaign HeForShe, in which she gave an impassioned speech on how men are also welcomed into the fight for equality between gender which you can listen to here. She wore possibly the most perfect Dior frock coat that I just can’t get enough of proving once again just how well she is suited to the French design house.

My favourite look of Emma’s this year is tied between the red Dior look and her white Ralph Lauren gown she wore to the London premiere of Noah.

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1. Solange Knowles

To the winner. Hands down. Without a shadow of a doubt. Solange Knowles killed it in 2014. Her wedding to Alan Johnson in New Orleans may have had something to do with her taking my number on best dressed celebrity of this year in her custom Kenzo wedding gown, but just take a look back at her rainbow-tastic wardrobe and you’ll soon agree she never misses a beat.

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The more stylish Knowles sister (sorry Bey) never shies away from a bright colour palette favouring mostly yellows, oranges and blues and when you see Solange in black it’s always a treat because it very rarely happens.

Solange is the queen when it comes to dressing in just one colour. From jewel red in Paper London, to head-to-toe orange MaxMara and then yellow Paper London at Coachella, a hot pink Gucci suit is a favourite, to more yellow in Christopher Kane and Christian Siriano.

One look to really test the senses was her Milly FROW look – a bold electric blue coat by the brand, paired with a vivid orange hued look topped off with Barbie pink stilettos. I mean no one else could even think about this without looking like some sort of Sesame Street character.

Other beautiful moments came via her Calvin Klein embellished dress she wore to the CFDAs harking back to the classic Diana Ross vibe with her amazing ‘fro and the yellow Cedric Charlier strapless dress she wore for her mother’s birthday.

But of course the crowning moment for Solange comes at her wedding in November. The bride wasn’t happy to go with just the usual one look, instead choosing three Stephane Rolland jumpsuits to complement her custom Kenzo gown. She rocked up to the church on a bike strewn with flowers working a low-cut backless caped off-white jumpsuit with her husband-to-be in a matching tux. Then there was that beautiful gown adorned with simple gold cuffs which was followed by a one-legged ruffled jumpsuit then to top off the trifecta of trousered looks a jumpsuit that worked elements of both in with a deep cleavage and caped ruffles.

Solange Knowles was the best dressed bride this year, I mean she was competing with Kim Kardashian West, Amal Alamuddin Clooney and Angelina Jolie and in my eyes she easily came out on top. Well done Sol, keep on rocking in 2015.

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Do you agree with who I picked for my best dressed of 2014 list?

Who would you have placed in the top spot, check out my Best Dressed of the Year 2014 Pinterest board and let me know in the comments below or tweet me @nlcorner with your top choices!

Sources: RCFA, Zimbio, JustJared

The Oscars 2014: After parties

The main event was a bit of a letdown for me, there was some stand out dresses on The Oscars red carpet, but the celebrities really come out to play at the after parties.

As I mentioned in my Oscars red carpet round up, Kate Hudson managed to select another jaw-dropping gown to attend the Vanity Fair Oscars party wearing a black and nude Zuhair Murad Couture look.

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Kate Hudson in Zuhair Murad at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Evan Rachel Wood chose an emerald green Elie Saab Couture dress that perfectly matched her complexion, she always looks best in green.

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Evan Rachel Wood in Elie Saab Couture at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Emmy Rossum worked the green and cream carpet in a Monique Lhuillier confection, the perfect princess moment.

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Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhuillier at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Anna Kendrick shed her edgy red carpet J.Mendel dress for a super sexy second skin Atelier Versace, I never would have thought she could pull something like this off but she definitely did.

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Anna Kendrick in Atelier Versace at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

There were so many gorgeous models there, that it’s hard to pick a favourite. Karlie Kloss worked sexy glamour with the most revealing of cutouts without looking trashy, Chanel Iman wore an electric blue glittery Zuhair Murad also with daring cutouts, absolutely adored Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s pale blue Cushnie et Ochs dress, Miranda Kerr obviously looked every inch the hot starlet in Kaufmanfranco and Karolina Kurkova worked the supermodel glamazon look in white lace Elie Saab Couture at Elton John’s Oscar Viewing Party.

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Karlie Kloss at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

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Chanel Iman in Zuhair Murad at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Cushnie et Ochs at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

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Miranda Kerr in Kaufmanfranco at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

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Karolina Kurkova in Elie Saab Couture at the Elton John Oscar Viewing Party

When I first saw Diane Kruger‘s Valentino Couture dress, I was a bit unsure, but the more I looked at it the more I loved it. The lace is beyond perfection, and I loved the braided up do and of course her flawless make up. Not forgetting to mention her best accessory, Joshua Jackson.

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Diane Kruger in Valentino Couture

I can’t go without mentioning how good Ellen Page looked. She absolutely rocked her Saint Laurent head-to-toe outfit, she shone and was clearly comfortable and sexy and all the better for it.

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Ellen Page in Saint Laurent at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party

Here’s the best of the rest:

You can see all my favourite red carpet looks from Awards Season 2014 over on my Pinterest board

Video: Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson star in first movie together…

But alas it is not what you think. My favourite Hollywood couple Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson took part in the ‘Defying Death Valley’ challenge with Mercedes-Benz.

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Just casually being good looking people.

They were challenged to survive Death Valley, one of the hottest and driest places on earth, with only the water their F-Cell Mercedes-Benz car produced.

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson have been together for around eight years, and although many continue to speculate the couple are going to get married because they occasionally wear gold bands on their wedding fingers, they’ve often said that they are commitment rings and are in no rush to get married!

But the couple looked adorable on their trek into the Valley with Diane losing the coin toss to take the first sip of the water produced by the car.

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Well done Mercedes-Benz for getting two international stars to appear in an ad that will no doubt be a success on the other side of the Atlantic as green-obsessed LA falls over one another to get their hands on the limited run of F-Cell engines.

My Best Dressed Celebrities: 2013

I’ve spent way too much time looking at pretty pictures of celebrities in amazing dresses that I would never in a million dreams be able to get my hands on, but that was time spent productively as it means I have my finished Best Dressed Celebrities of 2013 list.

So sit back with a brew and get scrolling as I count down my top ten eleven best dressed.

11. Nicole Kidman
A last minute entry and the reason my top ten is now a top eleven… I’m usually very against Nicole’s frozen look on the red carpet but she had some truly beautiful moments on the red carpet this year especially in Cannes. I don’t know what it is about the French film festival, but Cannes always brings the most amazing, jaw-dropping gowns. Nicole was serving on the grand jury for Cannes Film Festival this year and she wowed us with a Valentino Couture gown which is the same gown rumoured to have been Anne Hathaway’s original choice for the Oscars before she picked that ghastly Prada monstronsity. Nicole is also BFFs with Mick Jagger’s partner, fashion designer L’Wren Scott, so we always see a lot of her dresses on the statuesque red head. A particular standout moment for me of Nicole was her campaign for Jimmy Choo, a total move away from her normal look, I absolutely loved that choppy fiery bob.

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10. Solange Knowles
Solange is of course the lesser known Knowles sister, and has always been known for her daring approach to fashion which I think has definitely rubbed off on Beyonce in recent years. Particular standout looks for me were Solange’s Stephane Rolland white jumpsuit she wore in Cannes better than the red carpet gown she wore, her green bejewelled Ralph & Russo dress she wore to the Grammys and her (some might say) marmite Christian Siriano look she wore to a Vogue event in Dubai. Solange always knows how to rock her ‘fro whether wild and crazy or in box braids, and she knows a thing or two about a sexy thigh split.

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9. Nicole Richie
Nicole has upped her game in the past year, gone but not forgotten are her boho roots and in their place was an ultra glam refined woman. You can still see her unique twist on a look with her own range of House of Harlow accessories, and a eclectic set of hairstyles and a perfect smoky eye. Her standout moments come in the form of a stunning Dolce & Gabbana gown at the LACMA Gala, that Marc Jacobs 90s inspired dress and a classic Hollywood moment at the Golden Globes. Thank god Nicole ditched Paris and saught out a career in fashion, much like Victoria Beckham, when she was villified for her path to fame (despite being Lionel Richie’s daughter) she has proved her worth.

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8. Elizabeth Banks
Not many looks from Elizabeth Banks this year, but still worthy of an entry on my best dressed list. Thanks to another Hunger Games promo tour we got to see Elizabeth at her best, she wowed us with two Elie Saab gowns, a neon yellow Jason Wu and a dreamy silver dress by the same designer on the same night. She placed second in my best dressed list last year with her rainbow red carpet wardrobe and 2013 again demonstrates an actress not afraid to inject some colour into her look.

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7. Jennifer Lawrence

There are 23 looks here from Jennifer Lawrence and believe me when I tell you that’s not all of them. She comes in at number seven on my best dressed of 2013 list because she’s Jennifer Lawrence and I’m in love with her. Thanks to her partnership with Dior she had a very hit and miss year on the red carpet. It was expected that on every major red carpet the Oscar-winning actress would be dressed in the brand that she officially became the face of, but not to everyone’s pleasure. There were epic hits like her beautiful Oscars gown which I originally didn’t love but adore now, even more so her dramatic look at the Paris premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and of course a non-Dior dress with her Vanity Fair Oscar after-party in a metallic Calvin Klein that flattered her figure beautifully. Her promo tour for Catching Fire was a mixed bag but overall she seemed to become more relaxed in Dior more so with her gorgeous new hair cut which freshened her whole image. I can’t wait to see what Jennifer brings to the red carpet in 2014 as it looks like she’ll be on the awards circuit again with a supporting actress nomination for American Hustle.

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6. Lily Collins
Wow, Lily Collins had a great year on the red carpet thanks to her promo tour for The Mortal Instruments. Whilst the film didn’t get rave reviews, I enjoyed it and Jamie Campbell Bowers sexy bad boy character even if there was a weird incest plot (?!). Lily executed one of the best promo tours I’ve seen in recent years and her only competition for me was the celebrities who are above her in my best dressed list! She debuted so many different looks it was hard to keep up, she ruled the dark berry lip, worked the sexy cutout in Cushnie et Ochs and wore plenty of crop tops, not to mention old Hollywood glamour as seen in her two Houghton looks below. She consistently outdid herself on every red carpet, and those brows are things of dreams. Wow.

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5. Diane Kruger

In at my number one spot last year for her epic run at the Cannes Film Festival, this year Diane Kruger proves she is the most consistent when it comes to style on and off the red carpet. She’s always been my number one style crush, and one half of my most favourite celeb couple, so when her best accessory is Joshua Jackson you cannot fail to love her. From her Oscars Giambattista Valli cape-back mini and handsome plus one, to her Jessica Rabbit Jonathan Saunders look at the the Hammer Museum Gala, and not forgetting her head to toe Chanel Couture look at The Host New York premiere with Josh in that perfect blue suit. Her best looks for 2013 come in the form of a beautiful and surprisingly not couture Valentino Resort gown she wore to the Valentino Ball during the Venice Film Festival, a Prabal Gurung Resort gown for the Metropolitan Opera Season Opening, and a pretty gold Marchesa dress for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund event. Other looks that I adore are her Mary Katrantzou dress, her Chanel Couture cocktail moment and that super cute Emilia Wickstead tuxedo style dress for the Autism Speaks event.

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4. Kate Hudson
Ahh the Californian beauty has one of the best bodies in the business and never fails to show it off in some spectacular gowns. My absolute favourite from Kate this year had to be the Reem Acra gown she wore to the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Ball, fittingly the gown was the exact shade of Tiffany blue and she looked simply stunning with that thigh split and sweetheart neckline, perfect blonde waves and gorgeous jewels. Kate also showed of those abs in a Gucci gown at the LACMA Gala, proving that a deep v neckline and cutouts doesn’t always mean trashy. Kate also looked fabulous in black Alexander McQueen at the Golden Globes, in BFF Stella McCartney at the ELLE UK Style Awards and looked adorable and sexy in a purple Bec & Bridge playsuit at the iHeart Radio Festival. Here’s to another year of Kate Hudson dropping jaws.

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3. Nina Dobrev
I harp on about this all the time but Nina Dobrev will always top my best dress ever list with her Donna Karan Atelier gown she wore to the 2011 Emmys. It was just so epic and stunning, and two years later she still continues to wow on the red carpet much to the talent of her stylist Ilaria Urbinati who has created many of the looks you see below. In particular the Naeem Khan tropical mini dress was my favourite from Nina in 2013, not just because she can rock a mini like no other but because I like to think my request to see Nina in the SS’13 worked and my wish was granted! Her Monique Lhuillier jumpsuit/dress she wore to the MET Gala was another genius creation, pushing the punk envelope whilst still being sexy and glam is no mean feat she was one of my best dressed of the night. Other standout looks come in the form of a sporty pink Elie Saab at the SAG Awards, a colourful Julien Macdonald mini for her Cosmo cover party and another stunning Naeem Khan for the Elton John Oscar viewing party. Like so many others on my list I cannot wait to see what Nina Dobrev has in store for 2014.

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2. Naomie Harris
What an amazing red carpet year for this Mandela actress, another star that had an epic promo tour with an array of designers dressing her and looking simply beautiful. I couldn’t possibly pick between the Alexander McQueen gown Naomie wore for the Royal premiere of Mandela or the Marchesa she picked for the Oxfam Charity Gala – two very different but stunning looks. Naomie wowed with gorgeous pastel colours in Vionnet and Burberry, then a rich purple at the MET Gala, patterns in Vivienne Westwood and Gucci and glitz in Calvin Klein and Donna Karan Atelier. After a very mixed bag with her Bond promo tour the Mandela proved a complete success.

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1. Kerry Washington
In at number one, is Kerry Washington. She fell into my top spot quite organically, simply because as I was putting all of the looks together Kerry’s two top looks below were just my absolute favourites. I remember the first time I saw her on the red carpet in that Giles gown and couldn’t believe my eyes, I don’t even know what it is about it that makes me like it so much, maybe the horse print was just so unexpected and that dark berry lip was just perfection. And then the bubblegum sweetness of her Oscar de la Renta gown at the NAACP Awards was just the total opposite, those two colours together along with a matching pink lip was just beautiful. I admit I wasn’t a massive fan of her Miu Miu Oscars look but loved her Miu Miu Golden Globes look, she looked gorgeous in both Marchesa dresses and she still manages to look youthful and fresh when she flashes those pins in mini dresses from Stella McCartney and Giambattista Valli. Overall Kerry’s promo tour for Django Unchained was a win, closely followed by Naomie Harris and Lily Collins for their respective red carpet runs. Let’s just ignore that Prada monstrosity from the Scandal Season 3 premiere!

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Do you agree with who I picked for my best dressed of 2013 list?

Who would you have placed in the top spot, someone completely different?

Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @nlcorner with your top choices!

Sources: RCFA, Zimbio, JustJared

Cannes Film Festival 2013: Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman was a grand jury member at the Cannes Film Festival this year, yet she’s barely been seen on the red carpet!

2012 grand jury member Diane Kruger wore a plethora of amazing gowns and couture and we were spoilt for choice, this year I was expecting some fabulous looks from Kidman because Cannes is the place to go all out and really do glamour which I thought would make a nice change from the column dresses she always favours.

And to be fair the times she has been seen on the red carpet they have been stunning, it’s just a shame there wasn’t more!

At the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, Nicole Kidman wore one of my favourite Dior Couture gowns from the Spring 2013 collection. The floral applique dress suited Nicole down to the ground, and the light coral pumps with pulled back hair perfected the look.

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Nicole Kidman in Dior Couture at the Opening Ceremony of Cannes Film Festival 2013

Nicole’s next look was her close friend and favoured designer L’Wren Scott, the gown featured a blue and red leaf pattern with a train that suited the statuesque actress perfectly. Worn with matching black cuffs and a bouffant ‘do Nicole oozed glamour.

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Nicole Kidman wearing L’Wren Scott at the premiere of Inside Llewyn Davis at the Cannes Film Festival 2013

The rumour was this Valentino Couture gown that Nicole chose to wear to the premiere of Nebraska was the gown that Anne Hathaway discarded for the Oscars. Remember when Valentino sent out a press release saying Anne would be wearing the designer and then she turned up to the red carpet in that god awful Prada gown? Well it’s believed this is what she was supposed to wear! And Nicole looks stunning, her faux bob hair with those drop earrings really pair well with that high neck. Beautiful.

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Nicole Kidman in Valentino Couture at the Nebraska premiere in Cannes Film Festival 2013

MET Gala 2013 ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’

When the theme of this year’s Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET Gala) was announced as ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ I was excited. This would be an actual event with costumes, surely?

Oh of course not, this is the fashion world dah-ling, couture has to be the order of the day and if Anna Wintour is the head of the chair organising this shindig then you must obey!

This would definitely be a chance for the Brits to shine on the red carpet, punk originated from London surely we are the ones who truly know how to do punk. So it is pretty disappointing to see, then, certain Brit celebrities throwing on a studded leather jacket and calling it an ode to punk Sienna Miller…

There were rumours abound in the lead up to the MET Gala that female celebrities were worried about not looking ‘pretty’ and didn’t want to be too edgy for fear of ending up on that unforgiving worst dressed list. This is probably the only event where you could go for that outlandish look and get away with it all in the name of punk.

Anna Wintour on the other hand attended a different MET Gala, her invite included the sub text ‘punk also means floral’. What person could possibly interpret floral Chanel Couture with even a possible edge of punk? She even shoehorned the pregnant Kim Kardashian into that god awful floral Givenchy floral curtain. Kim K is trying so hard to please everyone around her she really appears as though she hasn’t got a mind of her own, I feel sorry for her because Kanye just seems like he’s regretting his choice of baby mamma…

Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture at the MET Gala 2013

Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture at the MET Gala 2013

Those who I favoured on the red carpet at the MET Gala are the ones who embraced the theme of the punk:

Anne Hathaway, after the huge disappointment of the Oscars, she by far was my favourite look of the night. Wearing sheer black Valentino, she made the look super edgy by dying her hair peroxide blonde and slicking it back with a messy quiff. As soon as I saw the full look this was what I wanted, what I was expecting on the red carpet. Absolutely 10/10, the naughty boob flashing, the cut out shape and just clear sexiness of the whole look was Sharon Stone uh-may-zing. You go girl.

Anne Hathaway in Valentino at the MET Gala 2013.

Anne Hathaway in Valentino at the MET Gala 2013.

Another person who embodied the drama was Nicole Richie, she’s yet to truly let me down on a red carpet and her somewhat simple embellished white custom Topshop gown was accessorised with vampy lipstick and a shock of white hair. I think the punk horror look totally works.

Nicole Richie in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

Nicole Richie in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

At first glance Sarah Jessica Parker is wearing a voluminous patterned Giles gown, but scan to the top and she is adorned with a custom made Philip Treacy mohawk inspired head piece. It is simply jaw-dropping. And only something that SJP could work so perfectly, she later revealed her thigh high laced boots which just added to punk glam factor. Well done SJP, you have been reborn!

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles and a Philip Treacy head piece at the MET Gala 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles and a Philip Treacy head piece at the MET Gala 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker in her Philip Treacy headpiece at the MET Gala 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker in her Philip Treacy headpiece at the MET Gala 2013

Elizabeth Banks was the guest of Brian Atwood so her super short Versace gold tuxedo jacket perfectly showcased her amazing fringed heels. This is the definition of glam punk, gold gold and sexy.

Elizabeth Banks in Versace and Brian Atwood at the MET Gala 2013

Elizabeth Banks in Versace and Brian Atwood at the MET Gala 2013

Nina Dobrev never fails to amaze me on the red carpet, there are some looks that I like more that others, but she always comes out on the best dressed list everytime. This Monique Lhuillier creation gives Nina the punk attitude, and she was one of the few that wore trousers, I like the fact that it came with the detachable tulle skirt because it was still high glamour but allowed her to party on without it at the MET after party still looking fierce.

Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier at the MET Gala 2013

Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier at the MET Gala 2013

Oh Beyonce, for the second year running the star chose a Givenchy Couture gown and yet another showstopper. I can see this dress been like marmite for some, I love the train of fire it is matches her personality perfectly, the bustier is super tight but the snakeskin material just makes it even more dramatic. She also chose to wear gloves similar to Kim K’s design but by showing her décolletage it allowed for a break in the heavy pattern, and her wavy tresses and smoky make up were the perfect addition.

Beyonce in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2013

Beyonce in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2013

I’m adding Emma onto this list simply because it is not a short printed mini dress. Yes there are still cutouts but she looks so different here, I would have liked to have seen some more attitude in her make up and shoes but this Prabal Gurung gown is a great graduation from red carpet princess.

Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung at the MET Gala 2013

Emma Watson in Prabal Gurung at the MET Gala 2013

Of all the people on the guest list we knew Florence Welch would bring in for the Brits, she has always worked a gothic edge to her red carpet dressing and it worked well here. Her Givenchy Couture fringed and velvet gown is dramatic, not necessarily punk but definitely chaotic, and her fiery red hair makes the whole look stand out.

Florence Welch in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2013

Florence Welch in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2013

Diane Kruger went that extra step and added a pink dip to the end of her blonde ponytail, it elevates her look along with her dark smoky make up. The Chanel Couture gown with overlay is certainly better than her purple feathered Prada gown from last year and she proved that the Chanel collection wasn’t all flowers like Anna Wintour’s dress did. Top effort, and as always had the perfect accessory with her in Joshua Jackson.

Diane Kruger in Chanel Couture at the MET Gala

Diane Kruger in Chanel Couture at the MET Gala

Ever since Miley Cyrus chopped off her hair, she’s been channelling the grungy punk look. She’s a young girl not afraid of pushing the fashion boundary and so she shouldn’t be, I hate all those naysayers out there that hated on her for cutting her hair off just like they did with Karlie Kloss why do people have such an issue with short hair not being attractive or sexy?! Her Marc Jacobs dress skimmed Miley’s very toned body it was still glamourous with the added punk jewellery and her spiked up hair. The hair might not have been to everybody’s taste and she could have benefitted from it being slicked back but who cares she took a risk at a punk themed event!

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs at the MET Gala 2013

Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs at the MET Gala 2013

I really like Jaime King’s custom Topshop suit, when I first saw her I thought she looked ten years younger maybe it’s something to do with those hair extensions and her model good looks. Jaime has such fun with fashion she never sticks to the same thing so I enjoyed seeing her in this satin trouser suit with a lace bodice top underneath. Topshop do great red carpet looks, if the rest of their guests including my favourite Ashley Madekwe in what she called punk mermaid, and even donned a black bob wig to make it all edgy.

Jaime King in custom Topshop  at the MET Gala 2013

Jaime King in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

Ashley Madekwe in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

Ashley Madekwe in custom Topshop at the MET Gala 2013

At first when I saw Carey Mulligan in her Balenciaga dress, I thought it wasn’t enough but then as you see all the other stars and their interpretations on what punk is Carey fits in perfectly. Her knee length gown with a safety pin attached at the lapel worked with the understated cut outs on the side. I do think though that as someone who has a massive movie coming out that she shouldn’t have let Anne Hathaway upstage her.

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga at the MET Gala 2013.

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga at the MET Gala 2013.

I really can’t make my mind up on Cameron Diaz’s Stella McCartney gown. I’m like a magpie to this colour, I love it. At first when I saw a picture I thought she looked a bit like a nun, but then after seeing the back and studying it a bit more I do think it is a very original creation which Stella does so well when making custom creations for her friends especially with the addition of that spiked gold belt. So I like it but I kind of don’t.

Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney at the MET Gala 2013

Cameron Diaz in Stella McCartney at the MET Gala 2013

Cameron Diaz Stella McCartney Jamie McCarthy Getty Images North America

The back view of the dress which is more like a cape than fully covered.

And then there was Madonna (aka Hilary Devey). Only she would translate punk to mean HOT MESS. She rocked up late to the MET Gala red carpet in Givenchy, but not just any Givenchy a checked studded jacket with horrible gloves, horrible ripped fishnet tights, with horrible suspenders, a horrible wig, and horrible shoes.

Madonna in Givenchy at the MET Gala 2013

Madonna in Givenchy at the MET Gala 2013

Madonna Twitter Instagram picture

Madonna posted this on her Instagram page, cleaning before the MET Gala…

And as far as I’m aware, nobody wore Alexander McQueen I though some of their creations would have definitely appeared on this red carpet without a doubt even if  they did dedicate the 2011 gala to him.

Best of the rest:

Taylor Swift J Mendel Larry Busacca Getty Images North America

Taylor Swift in J. Mendel at the MET Gala 2013. Good effort from TayTay she stuck to her tried and tested but vamped it up with make up and accessories.

Gisele Bundchen Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images North America

Gisele Bundchen in Anthony Vaccarello at the MET Gala 2013. That pose annoys me, but only a model could wear her own interpretation of the infamous Versace safety pin dress which Lady Gaga ruined.

Christina Ricci Vivienne Westwood Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images North America

Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood at the MET Gala 2013. I love Christina she knows how to work it, not as outlandish has her dress from last year but still she wore the designer who created punk.

Amber Heard Emilio Pucci Newspix Bauer Griffin

Amber Heard in Emilio Pucci at the MET Gala 2013. Far too sexy for this theme, but she still looks amazing and the colour is gorgeous.

Blake Lively Gucci Premiere Jamie McCarthy Getty Images North America

Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere at the MET Gala 2013. A welcome return to the red carpet from Blake, I’ve missed her so much. She looked gorgeous as always.

Cara Delevingne Burberry Newspix Bauer Griffin

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at the MET Gala 2013. I loved the studs and deep v neck, I worry about her though…

Joan Smalls Tom Ford Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images North America

Joan Smalls in Tom Ford at the MET Gala 2013. One word: HOT.

Rooney Mara Givenchy Jamie McCarthy Getty Images North America

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture at the MET Gala 2013. Unfortunately Rooney’s gown isn’t that original as Penelope Cruz already wore a version of this last year, which I find annoying for such a big event. She can do better.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci at the MET Gala 2013. She's a supermodel, she looks amazing.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci at the MET Gala 2013. She’s a supermodel, she looks amazing.

Sienna Miller Burberry

Sienna Miller in Burberry at the MET Gala 2013. Sienna looks good, but she’s a BRIT and could do way better than throwing on a bloody studded biker jacket, honestly. Poor effort.

Coachella: Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson

I like to call these two love birds the King and Queen of Coachella, they are there every year looking perfectly loved up and just super cool.

I didn’t think Diane Kruger would be attending considering she’s been promoting her latest movie The Host, but lo and behold there she was attending H&M Loves Music Coachella party alongside her long-term boyfriend and my favourite TV star Joshua Jackson.

I mean who else could pull off slouchy black suede boots (£59.99) and a Mick Jagger tee? A pop of lip colour with matching earrings and some jazzy graphic print shorts (£12.99) it’s no wonder her street style is so sought after. (All from H&M)

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson at H&M Loves Music Coachella Party (Image from H&M Facebbook)

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson at H&M Loves Music Coachella Party (Image from H&M Facebbook)

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Also spotted at the H&M party was Sophia Bush looking just adorable in a cropped top and trousers. (Image from H&M's Facebook)

Also spotted at the H&M party was Sophia Bush looking adorable in a cropped top and trousers along with some stunning DanniJo jewellery they call the ‘bring’.
(Image from H&M’s Facebook)

Sophia Bush and Diane Kruger at the H&M Loves Music Coachella Party (Image from H&M's Facebook)

Sophia Bush and Diane Kruger at the H&M Loves Music Coachella Party (Image from H&M’s Facebook)

And here are Diane and Josh from Coachella in 2012 and 2011:

Diane and Josh back together. Diane is wearing a Stella McCartney Palm Print Dress, £170 and those Dicker boots.

Diane and Josh back together. Diane is wearing a Stella McCartney Palm Print Dress, £170 and those Dicker boots. (2012)

The return of my favourite couple, Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson looking very much in love. Diane ever the style queen is rocking a nude maxi a great look for a music fest and that classic trilby her favourite goto accessory.

The return of my favourite couple, Diane Kruger and Josh Jackson looking very much in love. Diane ever the style queen is rocking a nude maxi a great look for a music fest and that classic trilby her favourite goto accessory. (2011)

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