Clique magazine Editor Jill Wanless gives the lowdown on the frocks that rocked this year...

Jennifer Lawrence
The actresses’ last minute approach to Oscar dressing paid off when she apparently ‘just woke up tried on the dress’. No months of prep, no hysterics just one confident young lady and a Christian Dior Couture masterpiece. It was a surprising move for a girl who'd worn black, blue and red throughout the awards season; but Lawrence's almost bridal-style dress wowed, even if it did trip her up on her way to collect her award.

 

 

Anne Hathaway
Unveiling a bleached blonde crop, this was one lady who did take the ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ Met Ball theme very seriously. In a massive departure from her usual demure look (Cat woman aside) this daring Valentino dress with strategically placed sheer panels, was a underwear no-go zone. Feather sleeves, and sequins worn with a fluoro manicure - really shouldn’t work but somehow it did. And we all felt a little bit more love for Anne for having the gusto to pull it off!

 

 

Alexa Chung
Alexa championed Brit designer Erdem in his Fall 2013 sheer and lace panel Victoriana style dress for the Met Ball. We loved the subtle peek-a-boo factor, bare midriffs are huge and the on trend-without-being vulgar worked perfectly for her. Even wearing the 50’s big knickers underneath helped raise the bar. Alexa loves a high neckline and her soft up do and simple make-up were well paired –she never looks overdone, and here it’s business as usual.

 

 

Kate Bosworth
Originally styled on the catwalk as a top, Kate’s Balmain frock at the Met Gala was perfectly spun. With 3/4-length sleeves, diamond embroidery on Lurex jacquard and a heavy gold belt to add a punky edge to the girly pink sequins. This was a departure from the usual long frock brigade and a refreshing one at that.

 

 

Nicole Ritchie

Edgy, on trend and always a little daring, Nicole Richie’s ever evolving style makes fascinating watching. Getting it spot on again in this barely there, Marc Jacobs metallic sheath dress and Louboutin clutch at the CDFA awards. This dress leaves little to the imagination but somehow still manages to look classy, Nicole is a pro and this dress is a lesson in simple elegance, something that can’t always be said for metallic.

 

 

Rihanna
Defying the rules once again, Rihanna successfully flaunted the "no see-through clothing that could expose female breasts" stern CBS dress stipulations for this year’s Grammys. With her custom made Azzedine Alaïa floor sweeper. The bright red number ensured her assets were on display, all be it under a veil of cheeky crimson chiffon. Rule breaking is this lady’s middle name and when it comes to style, who wants to stick to rules anyway?

 

 

Rosie Huntington Whiteley
Perfect skin, perfect hair, perfect poise and THE perfect dress. This minimal Christian Dior strapless mini was pure elegance in a frock at the amFAR awards in September. Simple pointed Louboutin heels finished the look, this little lady doesn’t even need to carry a bag, maybe boyfriend Jason Statham has big pockets.

 

 

Keira Knightly
What do you wear to a Valentino Ball in Venice, Valentino of course!
Keira, not a girl who always gets it sartorially right, donned this gold lace gown and did take a bit of stick from the style press. But I’m a big fan of the ‘virginal princess’ look and thought the whole thing was utterly gorgeous. The high neck, low hem combo is hard to pull off, especially with no effort hair but this is where Keira excels, she’s a true English Rose and that dress put her firmly back on the style map.

 

 

Diane Kruger
So if Keira Knightley’s gold Valentino gown from this event didn’t make your heart stop, Diane’s will. The German beauty wore this pink tulle embellished number and looked stunning. The colour, the exquisite floral embellishment, the handsome beau Joshua Jackson on her arm - it’s enough to give anyone palpitations.

 

 

Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani gave us a lesson in maternity dressing when she rocked this Salvatore Ferragamo 20’s number to the opening of the Wallis Anneberg Center for Performing Arts. She positively sparkled in this fringed dazzler with jeweled halter neckline, which cleverly cascaded over the pregnant singer’s baby bump. With her blonde locks scraped into a sculpted ‘do and rocking her signature red lippie, she looked Uh mazing!

 

 

Zhang Ziyi
The Asian beauty looked heavenly wearing this Elie Saab Spring Couture gown at Cannes this year. The breathtaking lilac fully embellished gown with three-quarter length sleeves was finished with a tonal leather belt. Opting to make use of the pockets on her frock, she opted to go clutch free, which seems to be a bit of a trend these days, well who needs bags when you can have three assistants!

 

 

Cate Blanchett 
The actress donned a killer Balenciaga number at New York Film premiere of Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. This custom-made, blush coloured dress delivered couture-like elegance with off-kilter proportions — which Blanchett pulls off spectacularly. She is a master of surprise when it comes to the red rug and you’ll never see any flesh flashing brashness from Miss B. This dress was no exception.

 

 

Cara Delevingne 
Model of the moment, the divine Cara Delevingne sauntered down the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of 'The Great Gatsby' and all our jaws dropped. The frock, with a plunging neckline, lace bodice, full-length sleeves and a form-fitting, floor-length skirt, screamed super-sexy sophistication. And yes it came courtesy of Burberry. We have never seen her look so hot.

 

 

Lily Collins

The actress wore a glamorous black-and-white gown by Paule Ka to the Costume Designers Guild Awards in February. Her gorgeous tuxedo style frock featured a cutout back and oversized bow, which gave the dress a flirty twist. Not falling into the trap that some of these newbies do by dressing beyond their years, Lily nailed playful chic and still managed to be elegant and grown-up. The girl is a red carpet natural.

 

 

Olivia Palermo
Olivia wore this eye-catching dress to a Spring Dinner Dance presented by Valentino in April and it certainly said Spring! The canary-yellow gown, by designer Kate Ermilio, was slashed to the knee at the front, with a trailing train behind. Fresh, playful with natural make-up and Jimmy Choo strappies, we felt sunny all over just looking at her.

 

 

Dree Hemmingway
Definitely one to watch in 2014, actress and model Dree has an innate sense of style and oozes chic. This Calvin Klein Collection dress showed that to perfection. The spiders web midi skirting looked elegant yet youthful, barely there sandals, a simple Jimmy Choo clutch and a slick of red lipstick made confident additions.

 

 

Jessica Alba
Presenting an award at the Golden Globe Awards, Jessica wowed in this coral Oscar de la Renta gown. Okay, so the fishtail is a bit of an awards ceremony staple, but very few pull it off. However this one is perfectly proportioned, fits like a glove and has just enough flounce below the knee to balance bare shoulders. Topped off with bombshell waves and a Roger Vivier clutch, it looked even better than it did on the catwalk.

 

 

Marion Cottilard 
The French actress made sure all eyes were on her at this year’s Baftas. Rule number one - wear the brightest or yellow hue. Rule number  two - make sure it has a see-through panel that reveals just enough back thigh.  Simple from the front and tantalizingly cheeky from behind, this Dior number showed off her Joie de vivre perfectly.

 

 

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