It’s never easy narrowing down the year’s top style stars to an edited list of 10—picking the 25 best red carpet moments was hard enough!—but after careful review, we are excited to present you with our 2014 Best-Dressed Awards. From fashion’s fresh face to the cool chameleon, keep reading to see all the winners!
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After making a surprise appearance in the Marc Jacobs F/W 14 runway show back in February—in a see-through top, no less—Kendall Jenner proved she was more than just a reality star. The 18-year-old has officially risen to model stardom. Jenner would go on to land not one, but two September covers, a Givenchy campaign, and a coveted beauty contract with Estee Lauder. We think it’s safe to say that her career is far from a flash in a pan.
Nicole Richie is up for anything—and we’re not just talking about the crazy scenarios she finds herself in on Candidly Nicole. When it comes to fashion trends, there’s almost nothing the influencer won’t try. Whether she’s dying her hair purple, showing skin in a sheer skirt, or wearing a belt bag, we admire Richie’s ability to lend her own personal brand of cool to a wide range of trends.
Instagram captions are not Beyonce’s thing, but who cares? The singer lets her outfits, a series of statement-making looks, do all the talking. Not only is Queen B’s Instagram account an excellent source for wardrobe inspiration, it often helps us discover cool new designers, too. If that’s not reason enough to follow Bey pronto, we don’t know what is.
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Rihanna is a regular recipient of this award, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the fact that the singer is the ultimate risk-taker. Need we remind you of her completely see-through Adam Selman fishnet dress or the time she went pantless to the British Fashion Awards earlier this month? Let’s face it: It would be a boring fashion world if Rihanna weren’t in it.
Whether you love her or love to hate her, Kim Kardashian successfully infiltrated the fashion world in 2014. There was the infamous March Vogue cover, her over-the-top wedding to Kayne West, the front-row appearances during Paris Fashion Week, and most recently, her nude spread in Paper Magazine. All the while, Kardashian was elevating her style game and earning the support of big-name designers like Riccardo Tisci and Valentino. And to that, we say bravo!
You’ve heard the phrase “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Well, the sentiment doesn’t apply to Taylor Swift. In 2014, the singer moved away from her successful country roots and introduced a brand new sound and a spankin’ new look to go with it. Cue: the matching set, Swift’s favorite outfit. And while haters are still going to hate, we love, love, love her new grown-up style.
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Why is Suki Waterhouse THE ultimate girl crush? We chalk it up to her Sienna Miller-esque look and eclectic sense of style. The model is just as easily at home in a ‘60s mod-inspired mix as she is in a pink Burberry silk organza gown. Oh, and did we mention she nabbed multiple movie roles (Insurgent and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and a heartthrob (Bradley Cooper)? Expect to see a lot more of this It-Brit in 2015.
Kendall Jenner may be the hottest new model on the block, but she’ll have to make room for BFF Gigi Hadid. The daughter of former Dutch model Yolanda Foster (who’s also on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Hadid made it big when she landed a Tom Ford eyewear campaign this summer and found herself walking in a slew of noteworthy shows during Fashion Week in September. Off the runway, however, is where the model really shines. From her on-point coat game to her sultry party looks, Hadid is definitely one to watch.
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Flawless: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wakes up that way, and we have a large image gallery to prove it. Day or night, at the airport or at an event, the model/actress is consistently turned out in effortlessly executed ensembles. And the best part is, as our newest contributor, she’s sharing all of her style tips and secrets with us exclusively each month!
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We had a handful of titles in mind for Jessica Alba, including Career Chic, Best Day to Night, Weekend Warrior, and Red Carpet Maven, which makes the do-it-all mom the perfect subject for this year’s Best All-Around award. Whether she’s keeping it cool and casual for a weekend errand run or opting for a polished ladylike look for an event, Alba showers us with genius style inspiration daily.
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