2017 has been a year of 'woke' fashion, when 'power' was the most talked-about theme on the red carpet, and there was no shortage of incredible red carpet moments, too. Here we give you 30 of the best-dressed women of the past 12 months, from non-movers, like Sienna Miller and the Duchess of Cambridge, to breakout sartorial stars, like Adwoa Aboah and Zoe Kravitz.
The new Mrs Fassbender has been on our style radar for some time, but it was her recent Ibizan summer holiday capsule wardrobe that really caught our eye, which was all white embroidered sun dresses and low key accessories. On-duty, she's most likely to be seen in Louis Vuitton (she is the face of the brand, after all) wearing ethereal white column dresses, floral-print puff-sleeved ball gowns or slashed to the thigh split-skirts, or indeed this long white and silver sequinned military-inspired dress coat with slim-fit black trousers.
The younger Knowles sister has always been the more daring when it comes to style and is someone we always look forward to seeing on the red carpet thanks to her sartorial unpredictability. With a penchant for designers from Louis Vuitton to Mary Katrantzou, her wardrobe is a veritable treasure trove of prints, colour and silhouettes, but our favourite look from this year was this ethereal white lace one from the Chloe show.
One of two Game of Thrones' stars on this list, Sophie Turner has been the fashion newcomer of the year, graduating from teen starlet to bonafide leading lady thanks to not just her role on Thrones but in the X-Men series. While she doesn't always get it right – we're looking at you, top-to-toe Chanel look from the FROW – we do think she deserves points for trying, especially as her personality and youth so obviously shine through in her choices. We liked her best in this plunging metallic gown with split skirt by Louis Vuitton at the BAFTAs, which just screamed 'I'M GROWN UP'.
Lily James has mostly retired her Cinderella princess dresses of 2016, instead opting for more directional, (whisper it) interesting pieces for 2017. Case in point is this summer-perfect pinstripe shirt dress featuring a split skirt and shorts by Ulyana Sereenoko, which she wore to celebrate her DuJour cover. It's great seeing her breaking out of the confines of traditional red carpet dressing.
Single-handedly responsible for reinvigorating the Grazia office's love of the mini-skirt, the French First Lady embodies ageless glamour, throwing the fashion rules out the window and setting fire to them for extra measure. A fan of the aforementioned abbreviated hemline, slim-fit cropped trousers and very aware of the power of a statement blazer, she's the best-dressed political figure in the world right now (sorry Melania).
As the face of Dior, it's unsurprising that most of what Jennifer Lawrence wears on the red carpet is from the storied fashion house. A fan of Grace Kelly-esque princess dresses, the Oscar-winner looks best in these transformative fairytale gowns, case in point being this angelic ivory dress for the Mother! premiere in New York.
We love Zoe Kravitz. Not only was the elfin beauty one of the stars of our favourite 2017 show, Big Little Lies, but she also made some stunning fashion choices, too. Take this rainbow hued, floaty gown by Dior haute couture for example, which is the perfect amount of girly to offset her pixie cut - especially when swished around with a playful twinkle in her eye.
Never one to care what other people think, Rihanna's biggest asset when it comes to personal style is that she dresses for herself and no one else. Whether she's championing Molly Goddard's princess, frou-frou tiered gowns for her Fenty makeup launches, or wearing the boots of the season from YSL before anyone else, long live the queen of fearless fashion.
Since becoming a mother, Amal's style has relaxed somewhat, with her Studio 54-inspired Halloween costume being a real change from her signature power suit dressing. We're still big fans of her day-to-day workwear though, particularly this red linen dress with matching jacket, which she was photographed in while out and about in New York in November. She does red carpet with real grace, too, with the purple Versace dress at the Venice Film Festival post-birth being another 2017 highlight.
French It girl and influencer Jeanne Damas is one of the most stylish girls on Instagram, and with the cult success of her brand Rouje, she's gone mainstream, too. With a penchant for thrown-together, sickeningly 'je ne sais quoi' looks, she's known for her off-duty uniform of jeans, a tee and a red lip - but this look at Paris Fashion Week proves she can do statement dresses just as easily.
A pro at dressing for her colouring – namely porcelain skin and russet-hued locks – Emma Stone frequently takes event-wearing dressing to the next sartorial level in velvet tuxedos, low-cut sequinned jumpsuits and dresses over trousers. Unafraid of taking risks, whether it's in cut, colour or texture, she's one of our red-carpet icons.
Much like her Gossip Girl character Serena van der Woodsen, Blake Lively almost never puts a step wrong when it comes to fashion. Her peak 'fash-un' moment of 2017? The day she wore seven (count them!) outfits in one day while promoting new film All I See Is You, wearing Brandon Maxwell sunflower yellow flares and tunic top, Oscar de la Renta strapless gown, Chanel dogs-tooth jumpsuit, powersuit from Michael Kors (also worn by Melania Trump) and the piece de la resistance, silver sequinned Chanel.
Emilia Clarke and Dolce & Gabbana are a match made in heaven, so we're grateful that the Italian designers with an affection for sparkle have chosen the petite, curvaceous actress as their latest muse. She looks great in figure-hugging, embellished LBDs, so its unsurprising that the fashion house pipped her for their latest ad campaign (which also stars Thrones co-star Kit Harington) – we can't wait to see it translate to the red carpet.
As a Gucci muse, it's unsurprising that the Fifty Shades star's wardrobe is predominantly made up of outré floral prints, jewel tones and dandyish pieces, such is creative director Alessandro Michele's signature. Our favourite look from this year though is the rose-pink low-cut dress with silver epaulettes that she wore for a Gucci event in November, accessorised with chandelier earrings and red wine stain lippie.
Kristen Stewart's style has come on a long way since her days of looking awkward in dresses and Converse on the Twilight red carpet. Now she's found her signature: namely cropped trousers, bralettes, tuxedo jackets and strappy sandals, all pulled together with that peroxide blonde crop and a cats-eye.
Ever since her style makeover courtesy of stylist Mimi Cuttrell, we've seen a new love of coordinated looks from Gigi Hadid, who's clearly a fan of wearing head-to-toe hues. And who can blame her when she looks this good? Never one to steer clear of more daring looks, she's best when she's pushing past the easy Glamazon route, like in this exquisite champagne-hued dress with floor-skimming fluted sleeves.
2017 belonged to Gal Gadot, both on and off the red carpet. Another adherer to the 'dress the theme' rule, she pulled out plenty of Amazonian-inspired gowns while promoting the latest Wonder Woman outing, Justice League. A big fan of sequins, she wore them throughout the original Wonder Woman press trail, with Prabal Gurung, Gucci and Prada her go-tos.
Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge is a perennial addition to our yearly best-dressed list, because, well, it would be rude not to, wouldn't it? 2017 was the year she started experimenting more with her style, particularly when she upped her game during royal fashion rival (we jest) Queen Letizia of Spain's visit, most notably by showing off her décolletage and cleavage in a low-cut blush-coloured lace Marchesa dress accentuated by a ruby Boucheron necklace.
Bella Hadid (along with bestie Kendall Jenner) is almost entirely responsible for the resurgence of '90s street fashion amongst teen girls now. Equally at home in tracksuits worn with crop tops as she is in skin-tight dresses, always accessorised with her signature tight high ponytail, we like how she references herself: case in point, this red front slit dress, which recalls that Cannes Film Festival moment.
The Crown's Claire Foy's off-duty uniform is so far removed from her regal alter-ego, many people barely recognise her on the red carpet, although a penchant for sparkles definitely nods to her televisual role. Case in point: Last year's sequinned Erdem gown at the Golden Globes, beaded Gucci at the premiere of Breathe and embellished Dior at the Crown season 2 soiree.
The royal-to-be has already started embracing a wardrobe befitting The Firm, including two very Kate Middleton-esque coats which she wore for her engagement announcement and first public engagement with Prince Harry. Prior to her new role, she was known for her chic but basic wardrobe, consisting of failsafe white blouses, jeans and boots, not to mention a few British brands – from a Barbour jacket to a Mulberry handbag.
One of the breakout style stars of 2017, Zendaya has consistently brought her impeccable dress sense to the red carpet throughout the past 12 months, whether she's wearing thigh-slit, floor-skimming ombre cape dresses or H&M's Erdem collaboration first.
In 2017, Adwoa Aboah has gone from one of London's coolest up-and-coming It girls to its bonafide Queen, scooping up the Model of the Year award at this year's British Fashion Awards wearing designer-of-the-moment Halpern to prove it. A new Vogue contributor, as well as the star of the first cover by editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, expect to see a lot more from this activism-minded model in 2018.
We can't think of many women who have done more for so-called 'plus-size' fashion than Ashley Graham. The model and activist, who actually disagrees with the term 'plus-size', has been particularly visible on the red carpet this year, promoting body positivity in an array of stunning body-con dresses.
Cindy Crawford's looky-likey daughter made waves in the fashion industry this year, becoming the undisputed model of 2017. Not only does she dress her age, for the most part, but she also isn't afraid to try out more daring catwalk-inspired looks, too, like this Ralph & Russo ruffled top and dress combo.
A poster girl for chic mums-to-be, Chrissy Teigen has consistently killed it on the red carpet this year, but never more so than when showing off her pregnant bod in form-hugging dresses like this soft pink velvet one.
Obeying the first commandment of red carpet dressing – 'thou shalt dress according to the theme' – Star Wars' leading lady Daisy Ridley wowed in a celestial-print fringed dress by Monse at the premiere of the latest instalment of the intergalactic series. That's reason enough for her to make the cut.
One of the most stylish actresses on the planet right now, Lupita Nyong'o proved her out-of-this-world fashion stats by choosing a sequinned gown by up-and-coming designer of the moment, Halpern, at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere. The artfully draped strapless dress, which featured an asymmetrical skirt and mermaid-esque hue, was the talk of the night – an accolade that seems to follow Nyong'o around.
Never off our best-dressed list, permanent fixture Sienna Miller continued her run of great off-duty and on-duty looks, particularly at the stage door of her play, Street Car Named Desire. Her best in show this year include an Erdem floral-print knee-length dress, pyjama style tops from Rockins and a Chinti & Parker star-print cashmere tracksuit.
Queen Letizia of Spain
One royal who stole the fashion spotlight from our own Kate Middleton this year was Queen Letizia of Spain, who wowed pundits with her series of regally-appropriate yet high-fashion ensembles during her state visit. The best? Probably this strapless, full-length red gown by Spanish designer Felipe Varela, shining a spotlight on the little-known brand.