It’s time once again, darlings! We’re referring not only to our annual “Best Red Carpet Looks” countdown, but also to our annual tradition of reminding all of y’all that there’s a reason we don’t call it a “Best Dressed” list. The latter implies good taste and exquisite styling in the more or less conventional and traditional mode. Absolutely nothing at all wrong with that, of course, but our years of red carpet coverage have always been predicated on the idea that celebrities dressing to promote their work or their brand operate under a different set of rules. To us, good red carpet celebrity style comes down to creating moments or impressions, securing attention, strengthening your brand and/or making a statement. It’s impact fashion.
20: Angus Cloud in Louis Vuitton at VARIETY’s 2022 Power of Young Hollywood Celebration
Yes, really. Let us explain. First, we note that he is on the lowest position of the list. We’re not claiming that this is some sort of chic high-fashion moment. But as you’ll see when this list is fully counted down, our choices this year skewed heavily toward high formal events like awards shows, film festivals and the Met Gala. Nothing wrong with that, but we tend to strongly believe that good style isn’t relegated to formal looks alone. We love this because it’s so on-brand for him and so well-suited to him. A fun, unpretentious, youthful take on high fashion that takes a great picture. You can’t ask for more out of a red carpet look.
19: Jodie Turner-Smith in Christopher John Rogers at the Venice Film Festival
Oh. Sorry. Were we supposed to explain why this is here? Really? She looks drop-dead stunning, full stop. There is no other reason. She made a big splash on the red carpets of the world this year, staking her claim as the newest, biggest fashionista on the block, but this is, in our opinion, the absolute best thing she wore all year.
18: Timothée Chalamet in Haider Ackermann at the Venice Film Festival
One of us loved this look and fought for its inclusion on the list while another one of us wrinkled his nose in distaste and offered a compromise. This Prince Timmée look gets on the list now so that another one can place even higher. Stay tuned for future installments! As for this ensemble, it represents one of the biggest trends in celebrity male style in the last year: a rejection of traditional menswear elements and an embrace of queerer, more femme, and sometimes more flamboyant styles. Timothée Chalamet may not have been one of the pioneers of this evolution, but he definitely made one of the biggest splashes of the year.
17: Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé at the SAG Awards
Sometimes, Good Lady Cate likes to go the uncomplicated route and just show up looking hot as shit, to remind everyone why she’s a star. She looks impeccable as well. The way the cocktail ring picks up the stone embellishments around the neckline is flawless minimalist style that doesn’t come off too matchy.
16: Zoë Kravitz in Oscar de la Renta at THE BATMAN New York Premiere
It’s difficult to pull off a look that embodies, camp, elegance, and sexiness, but The Batman star Zoe Kravitz nailed the brief for the film’s New York premiere. It is, as we said at the time, gimmicky as hell and we haven’t really changed our minds on the whole theme-dressing question when it comes to premiere red carpets, but there’s so much Eartha Kitt and Julie Newmar infusing this Catwoman-inspired look that we can’t help but love it, kitty titties and all.
The countdown continues in part TWO.
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