Best Dressed Celebrities Of 2017

The votes are in! With our favourite looks of the year, it wasn't what they were wearing, but how they wore it


Who: Zendaya.

What: Vivetta Ponti suit and Ruthie Davis heels.

Where: Variety Power of Young Hollywood event.

Why: Probably our pick for overall best dressed of 2017, Zendaya added fun, glamour and intelligence on the red carpet with her careful edit of designers. Along with her stylist Law Roach, the duo brought back fun and personal style to celebrity fashion – and won.

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Who: Forty Five Ten buyer and street-style star Taylor Tomasi Hill.

What: Saint Laurent Fall 2017 outfit and Alaia heels.

Where: Paris Fashion Week in February

Why: Taylor was one of the first pioneers of authentic street-style fashion during the mid-noughties, and to see her (and her signature red hair) back on the circuit after a long hiatus was a refreshing change in a sea of borrowed samples. This striking Saint Laurent look by Anthony Vaccarello turned heads.

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Who: The Duchess of Cambridge.

What: Erdem Pre-fall 2017 dress.

Where: Official visit to Poland in July.

Why: This highlights her support of British designers while abroad on official duties.

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Who: Caroline Issa.

What: Joseph skirt and top with Alvaro sandals.

Where: New York Fashion Week in September.

Why: Caroline knows how to dress for herself, always with a smile on her face. This striking plaid outfit was a highlight out of many top looks from the publisher and style consultant.

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Who: Caroline de Maigret.

What: Chanel coat and jeans.

Where: Chanel show Paris Fashion Week in March.

Why: With her signature mane of rock-n-roll hair, Caroline does the high-low mix particularly well. As a muse to Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, she adds a modern sensibility to the storied couture brand.

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Who: Isabelle Huppert.

What: Chloe blouse and jeans.

Where: Photo-call at the Cannes Film Festival.

Why: Style knows no age, and Isabelle's casual turn on the red carpet was a risk that paid off in a big year for the French actress – nominated for an Academy Award in March and winning a Golden Globe best actress for her role in the film Elle.

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Who: Hailey Gates.

What: Jacquemus.

Where: The Met Gala in May.

Why: The States of Undress presenter and model always surprises on the red carpet, this classic look with straw hat complementing her signature side braid.

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Who: Influential Beats 1 Radio presenters Julie Adenuga and Kiwi Zane Lowe.

What: Julie wore a patterned tunic and matching head wrap inspired by traditional Nigerian clothing.

Where: The Brit Awards.

Why: It's always great when people in the public eye embrace and share their culture with others, and at an event dominated by sequin gowns and OTT fashion, Julie stood out for her elegant and personal approach on the red carpet.

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Who: Celine Dion.

What: Schiaparelli Spring 2017 haute couture short suit.

Where: Unveiling her Celine Dion accessories collection in Las Vegas.

Why: After the loss of her husband Rene Angelil to throat cancer in 2016, Celine's example of using fashion to help overcome that grief highlighted the singer's strength and adventurous spirit. With the help of super stylist Law Roach, she was able to make 2017 a positive year to remember.

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Who: Harley Viera Newton.

What: Michael Kors.

Where: Golden Heart Awards in New York.

Why: This sunny colour and retro cut is a fun addition to after five dressing, the DJ and model also winning style points for her chic wedding in November.

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Who: A$AP Rocky.

What: Balenciaga puffer jacket and Calvin Klein zip top.

Where Outside the Calvin Klein Fall 2017 show in New York.

Why: He's fashion's favourite rapper, and responsible for introducing a new audience to new designers. This orange and red combo is one of his best looks.

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Who: Harry Styles.

What: Gucci.

Where: Backstage in Las Vegas.

Why: The former One Directon star has found his own voice with the release of his debut album earlier this year; supported by a flamboyant love of fashion that nods to English dandies and Mick Jagger. Gucci have been quick to take note, dressing the singer and band for his world tour.

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Who: Rihanna.

What: Molly Goddard.

Where: The launch of Fenty Beauty at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge.

Why There's a reason why Rihanna features frequently in our looks of the week: she moves to the beat of her on drum and has a style all of her own. Whether its full gown and sunglasses on the Cannes red carpet or noughties-inspired streetwear, she's great at picking out young design talent from around the world and giving their moment to shine.

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Who: Tamu McPhearson.

What: Gucci .

Where: Art & Film Gala.

Why: The street-style star and influencer knows how to make an outfit her own, even in granny-chic Gucci.

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Who: Alexa Chung.

What: Dior.

Where: Outside the Dior Spring 2018 show in Paris.

Why: She's another Viva favourite, always impeccably dressed but with her own spin. Launching her fashion line AlexaChung in May also cemented her style icon status. A casual sweater with a floaty skirt sums up her casual and cool approach to dressing.

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Who: Kyle MacLachlan.

What: Balenciaga .

Where: The brand’s Spring 2018 menswear show in Paris.

Why: Kyle looks sharp and irreverent in this shoulder padded suit, one of the few men who can carry this look off with ease.

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Who: Solange.

What: Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2017.

Where: Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

Why: The singer also champions new designers and her choices are an extension of her as an artist, making her a standout at any event. Her unique take on this classic JPG gown is classic Solange.

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Who: Former US Ambassador to Japan and honorary Met Gala chairwoman Caroline Kennedy.

What: Comme des Garcons.

Where:The Met Gala.

Why: One of the few attendees to really acknowledge the avant garde design and influence of this year's Met Gala honouree Rei Kawakubo. Caroline was lauded for her choice and looked spectacular.

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Who: Fan Bingbing.

What: Ralph & Russo skirt suit.

Where: Cannes Film Festival.

Why: Fan Bingbing's ability to seamlessly merge western and eastern fashion designers into her on and off-duty wardrobe is admirable. This white skirt showcased her love of keeping things elegant and sophisticated as one of this year's official Cannes jurors.

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Who: Vogue's creative digital director Sally Singer.

What: Balenciaga Fall 2017.

Where:The CFDA Awards .

Why: A striking choice highlighting the brand's unique mix of couture and modernity.

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Viva's Best Dressed of 2017.

Who: Keira Knightley.

What: Valentino.

Where: London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Why: A whimsical choice for the British actress, this Valentino number worked especially well with the surroundings on the night.

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Who: Halima Aden.

What: Floral hijab and a velvet Alberta Ferretti gown.

Where: Business of Fashion Gala in New York.

Why: Riding high after being the first Hijab-wearing model to grace the cover of Vogue Arabia in June, the American model has pushed for more acceptance and diversity in the modelling industry.

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Who: Lana Del Rey.

What: Gucci Pre-fall 2017.

Where: The launch of the brand’s new fragrance, Gucci Bloom, in New York.

Why: A rare a public appearance for the elusive singer wearing a prim and proper twin-set, a great example of simplified styling.

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Who: Sofia Coppola.

What: Custom Marc Jacobs.

Where: Met Gala.

Why: Simple and elegant in a sleek gold dress, the director's red carpet choices are always wearable and chic.

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Who: Poet, artist and speaker Cleo Wade.

What: Valentino Resort 2018.

Where: Glamour Awards.

Why: With her signature curls and smile, Cleo takes this textural dress for a spin and radiates positive vibes only.

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Who: Yara Shahidi.

What: Prada skirt and Hstry top.

Where: International Day of the Girl Rally in New York.

Why: The actress showcases that you can be smart and enjoy fashion too with her well selected wardrobe choices this year; this Hstry top teaming well with an embellished skirt for the perfect high/low mix.

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Who: Maya Rudolph.

What: Vika Gazinskaya.

Where: At a party in L.A.

Why: The actor and comedian looked at ease on a sunny L.A day wearing a floaty dress and sandals – off-duty dressing done right.

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Who: Rooney Mara.

What: Dior.

Where: Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.

Why: Glamour reigned at Cannes, and Rooney took on vintage glamour successfully in this classic Dior silhouette.

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Who: Bianca Jagger.

What: Dior pantsuit.

Where: Dior Couture show in January.

Why: The style icon shows how you can elevate a pantsuit to the next level with carefully considered accessories – gloves included.

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Who: Conde Nast creative director and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

What: Erdem.

Where: Outside the Oscar de la Renta show in New York.

Why: She's found her look and stuck to it all these year. With her signature bob, sunglasses, collet necklaces and nude sandals, the only real change each season is a great coat or standout dress like this number from one of her favourite designers.

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Who: Woody Harrelson.

What: Stella McCartney.

Where: Taping Good Morning America in New York.

Why: Showcasing true West Coast style, the actor wears the designer's debut menswear line well.

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Who: Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell.

What: Vintage Versace chain mail gowns.

Where: Italian Vogue party at Milan Fashion Week.

Why: In a sea of blank faced models, these 90s superstars made a welcome return to the Versace Spring 2018 catwalk recreating their famous lip-sync of George Michael's Freedom, bringing back plenty of nostalgia in the process.

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Who: Zoe Kravitz.

What: Oscar de La Renta.

Where: Met Gala.

Why: A bleached blond pixie cut offsets this pale pink gown well, a more glamourous turn for the actress.

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Who: Emma Watson.

What: Custom Miu Miu gown.

Where: Screening of The Circle in Paris.

Why: She's taken on several full length gowns this year, and this one is the best. The actress/activist launched an Instagram account (@the_press_tour) for the specific purpose of chronicling her press tour wardrobe for Beauty and the Beast, documenting her looks and educating her followers of the brand's history and commitment to eco-friendly practices.

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Who: Zhang Ziyi.

What: Alberta Ferretti.

Where: Hong Kong Film Awards.

Why: This black gown doesn't get lost on the red carpet, the Chinese superstar accessorising with a western belt and jewels.

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Who: Ashton Sanders.

What: Calvin Klein.

Where: MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Why: The Moonlight actor looks confident and cool in Raf Simons' debut collection for the American brand, and we particularly love the 70s references with the sharp tailoring.

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Who: Adwoa Aboah.

What: Gucci .

Where: Movie premiere in Paris.

Why: It’s difficult to pinpoint just one look from the British Model of the Year winner and Gurls Talk founder, however this beautiful Gucci suit is a standout.

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Who: Selah Marley.

What: Boss.

Where: GQ Awards in London.

Why: With parents like Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley, the Miu Miu model and singer is well versed in authentic personal style, and we can't wait to see more from this rising star in 2018.

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