While it may be the worst year on record for many, fashion definitely had its time to shine! Here are the 10 BEST 2016 red carpet fashion moments.
I confess, like millions out there – I’m counting down the seconds till 2016 is dead and buried. Oh sure, all years have their ups and downs and I’m definitely worried about what’s to come in 2017 – but, 2016 was indeed a major flop. It was so bad, in fact, that I nearly skipped passed delivering this post. Upon a Twitter vote though, the public declared they wanted it. Alas, here I am to share my picks for the 10 best 2016 red carpet fashion moments.
As always, in preparation for this post I sat with a cocktail in hand to review my “Best” fashion posts of the year and favorites on Pinterest. Shock of all shock, the Met Gala barely made a blip on my radar this year with only one look making its way into my top ten. AND, usual favorite of mine the Toronto Film Festival delivered zero favorite looks. While we’re on the subject of shocking lack of appearances, it’s worth noting that Julianne Moore – who had a long list of red carpet appearances in 2016 – did not make the list either. Shock!
Oh 2016, what a fickle and unusual year you have been.
But let’s move on with those that did make the cut, shall we? As I sit writing this post while re-watching The Wedding Planner on Netflix, it seems like a jolly good excuse to kick things off with JLo. Are you ready? 2016 may have been a down-trodden year but these 10 red carpet looks were smash hits! (In my book, anyway.)
Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli at the Golden Globes
Usually, I turn my nose up at JLo’s appearances on the red carpet – as they so often come in the form of Zuhair Murad, a naked dress – or both. Imagine my surprise, then, when she turned up at the 2016 Golden Globes looking like a canary dream in this svelte and glamorous Giambattista Valli gown. It’s ultra sexy without any of the flashiness we’re accustom to from Jennifer and is a perfect 10 on my ratings scale. Well done!
Michelle Obama in Atelier Versace
No doubt, 2016 was a painful reminder that the Obamas cannot and will not be in the White House forever. Damn you America and you’re “fair” term limits. Sadness and fear of the incoming administration aside, Michelle Obama put on quite the show at her final state dinner in this dazzling Atelier Versace. Barack seems to definitely approve and who can blame him? Michelle Obama for the win! She not only goes high when others go low, she goes high literally ALL of the time.
Kirsten Dunst in Gucci at the Cannes Film Festival
It simply wouldn’t be a best 2016 red carpet list without featuring at least one look from the Cannes Film Festival. Leave it to Kirsten Dunst – a member of the 2016 judges panel – to take our breath away in this romantic Gucci. Looking as eloquent as ever, Kirsten brings high-class to the red carpet and proves that long-sleeves can most definitely work on an evening gown.
Elle Fanning in Marc Jacobs at Young Hollywood Event
While Neon Demon wasn’t the mind-blowing experience I hoped it would be, Elle Fanning definitely made great strides on her fashion game in 2016. My favorite look of the bunch? This youthful and fun Marc Jacobs.
Diane Kruger in Naeem Khan
It simply would be a 2016 red carpet hit list without at least one appearance from Diane Kruger – who I fondly (and accurately) refer to as Bae. Just when you think red capes are so 2015, Kruger reinvigorates the trend with stylish cutouts and a slit. As we’ve discussed, 2016 was filled with bad news and Diane’s breakup with Joshua Jackson was one of them. Her attire, however? As triumphant as ever.
Suki Waterhouse in Reem Acra at the Venice Film Festival
Often, I think Reem Acra seems a bit off somehow. It can be a bit too flashy with craftsmanship that seems slightly sub-par at times. But, leave it to model-turned-actress Suki Waterhouse to crown Reem Acra as one of my favorite looks of the year. Romanticism at its best!
Araya A. Hargate in Ralph and Russo Couture at the Cannes Film Festival
In addition to Cannes, it wouldn’t be a best 2016 red carpet fashion list without an appearance of Ralph and Russo couture. The Cannes Film Festival is no doubt one of fashion’s biggest stages, making it the perfect place to waltz down the carpet in this smashing blush couture gown. As soon as this hit the runway in Paris I knew it was destine for Cannes and I’m glad the lovely Araya Hargate did it justice.
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive at the Academy Awards
Cate Blanchett has definitely made her mark on red carpet history and with another awards season run in 2016 for Carol, it’s no surprise she landed on my favorites list. While I do love just about everything Cate wears, this refreshing Armani takes the cake. If I had a ticket to the Academy Awards, I dare say I too would call upon a springy floral gown like this one. A little custom Armani never hurt anyone.
Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen at the Met Gala
As I said, the 2016 Met Gala didn’t deliver a heap of favorite looks but it did manage to serve up one: Nicole Kidman in a dramatic and celestial caped Alexander McQueen gown. I love how modern this gown is, while maintaining a classic silhouette and Nicole is, no doubt, a timeless beauty. Here’s hoping for more major red carpet moments from her in 2017!
Emma Stone in Atelier Versace at the Venice Film Festival
As if Emma Stone isn’t already dazzling enough, 2016 delivered both La La Land and this silver dream Versace on the red carpet. It’s a VERY GOOD dress from the front, but it’s the view from the rear that puts this over-the-top as my favorite red carpet fashion moment of the year.
What a delight! Right? Emma Stone is like the human equivalent to a sparkler on the red carpet. Legit cannot WAIT to see what she will wear on her 2017 awards season run. Emma dear, we love you!
Well, we have just a few short days left in 2016 and then 2017 takes the reigns! While you’re marking your calendars for January, definitely put January 8th down as the Golden Globes. Fashion heavyweights Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Michelle Williams will all be there – as well as the return of Winona Ryder for Stranger Things. (Hey, 2016 may have SUCKED…but we did at least get that Netflix gem, right?)
I’ll of course be live-tweeting the whole spectacle on my Twitter, here. Join me! It promises to be a lot of fun!
On that note, I’m going to go back to eating my weight in vegan sugar cookies and finish The Wedding Planner now. Thank you so much for reading and I genuinely wish all of us a terrific 2017!
As always, stay stylish and keep chasing your dreams!