With the end of the year comes the invitation to look back and reflect on all the major fashion moments, including the year’s red carpets (we talked, and you voted, on the year’s best and biggest trends yesterday). Check back in every day because we’ll be going over more highlights, but for now, who’s ready to take a walk down memory lane with me?
Best Newcomer on the Red Carpet
Looking back, it’s hard to believe that some of these names weren’t red carpet standouts in 2013, but it’s true! Nicola Peltz had a major publicity tour surrounding the latest Transformers installment and nailed every single stop. Lizzy Caplan’s a familiar name from way back in her Mean Girls days, but she reentered our orbits with Masters of Sex, and the show’s success gave her lots of new opps to prove her red carpet mettle. The last two on my list were examples of what I was talking about: Um, there was a time that Kendall Jenner and Lupita Nyong’o weren’t massive style stars? Crazy but true!
Best Gown on the Red Carpet
What makes a gown great is hard to explain, not least because there’s a certain amount of something-something involved with the very best ones. Kerry Washington made us forget what we thought about crop tops when she picked this glam set to wear while pregnant to the SAG Awards. Another expectant momma who had a mega moment was Blake Lively in cream Gucci. Emma Watson’s pick of a Dior dress-and-pants combo got fashion observers talking back in January for the Golden Globes, while Lupita’s pale blue Prada was universally applauded. The sweetest of all might have been the black-and-white number Sarah Jessica Parker picked for this year’s Met Gala. Now more than ever, with Oscar de la Renta’s passing not so long ago, that bold, unmistakable signature tugs at the heartstrings.
The Whoa Red Carpet Moment
This category encompasses so much: dresses that made us gasp the minute they stepped out onto the red carpet to looks that subtly simmered in the back of our collective mind, making us think more about a bigger picture. Included is Keira Knightley’s impressive re-wearing of her Chanel wedding dress (three times before it lost a battle with red wine) and Lena Dunham’s beyond cheerful Giambattista Valli couture creation, which I loved but was met with so many thumbs-down. Fantastical moments like Katy Perry’s ode to Britney Spear’s denim dress need to be considered, as does the nearly nude Adam Selman dress Rihanna wore to accept her CFDA Fashion Icon award. Kate Middleton really threw caution to her typically conservative style, stepping out in sexier looks than usual (while pregnant no less), and Jennifer Lopez brought back the Versace dress heard round the world.