Seána Carty reacts to the recently published International Best Dressed List by Vanity Fair.
Vanity Fair has sought out timeless elegance, contemporary originality and au courant style to create the 2015 International Best Dressed List. There were many unsurprising honourees in the Women’s category. Human Rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s red Maison Margiela gown at the Met Ball pleased the court and helped earn her inclusion on the List. Singer and style chameleon Rihanna (who regularly transforms her urban and edgy look) also made the cut. However, Vanity Fair’s choice in Taylor Swift is questionable. The singer and businesswoman’s style is preppy but she is not known for her groundbreaking originality.
The men’s category brings about a heap of debs suit inspiration for male fashionistas. Of particular note is 65 year old actor Bill Nighy who was credited for his striking Anderson and Sheppard suit and Prada tie. Our favourite feminists, Emma Watson and Charlize Theron make an appearance in the Hollywood category. We need only look at Theron’s sunshine yellow Dior dress (pictured) – in which she dazzled at the Cannes Film Festival- and Watson’s white Ralph Lauren gown -worn at the premiere of Noah– to see why their spots were secured. The couples category is filled with notable powerhouse couples but Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch were especially captivating winners having wowed spectators with their style success at the 2015 Oscars. Hunter- in a custom-made red Lanvin asymmetrical dress- and Cumberbatch –wearing a white dinner jacket- epitomised sartorial relationship goals. The winners of the Professionals category, such as Victoria Beckham, feel particularly deserving of the honour since they actually styled themselves. The Originals category makes for intriguing viewing too, particularly due the glorious style of FKA Twigs (pictured, wearing Christopher Kane at the Met Gala).
The 2015 edition of the prestigious annual list is comprehensive, but we can’t help but notice that it is missing a few notable style icons: perhaps Lupita N’yongo or Rosamund Pike. Overall, it highlights that it has been a memorable year for fashion- and we can thank our lucky stars that there is not a Kardashian in sight.