1. Solange Knowles
The singer/DJ has cemented her title as a Stylista in 2011 with a series of looks we would describe as Bohemian-Afro-Luxe.
Whether laid back in a Boxing Kitten button down or stuntastic in a marigold asymmetrical Acne dress, Solange manages to add her own dash of edginess while exuding unquestionable elegance. Her sartorial dexterity also tranlates to her tresses, where she plays with various natural textures and lengths, working anything from a cropped cut to long braids to an Afro or Diana Ross like curls.
Sure, she’s hot on the trends, but she also doesn’t seem afraid to be herself.
Inspiring and risk taking, Solange Knowles has become a welcome fixture on the Fashion Bomb–with good reason. She’s set our stylish hearts aflame with a mixture of straight-off-the-runway couture and casual cool.
2. Kelly Rowland
2011 was a big year for Ms. Rowland. In addition to releasing a new album, she also became a judge on the X Factor UK, and thus debuted a new, saucier image.
The girl next door we’d grown to love in Destiny’s Child was replaced with a downright fashionable diva, who set red carpets and stages on fire with looks by Versace, Falguni Shane Peacock, and even Topshop.
Though we weren’t always on board with some of Kelly’s more risqué looks, there’s no doubt that she kept us talking in 2011.
And isn’t fashion about taking risks?
When it came to red carpets in 2011, Kerry Washington always managed to shut it down.
Whether sizzling in mint green Armani Privé, smoldering in Ralph Lauren, or turning heads in an acid colored Michael Kors column dress, Ms. Washington showed she can rock a frock like nobody’s business.
4. Jennifer Lopez
Jenny from the block keeps it chic at all times, whether low key in California, or twirling at an awards show.
Though the years, she’s managed to stay on our chic radar for one reason only: she very rarely gets it wrong.
In every outfit she celebrates her sophisticated femininity, working everything from green Emilio Pucci to flowered and slightly sheer Gucci:
All we can say is: bish better werq!
Rihanna continues to transform before our eyes as she continues to grow as an artist, style maven, and consummate trend setter. 2011 saw her tip-toeing away from 24/7 glam, and adopting a more relaxed repertoire of Vans sneakers, A.L.C maxi dresses, jeans, and roomy sweaters:
Gone are the days of our Rih-Rih walking the streets in a head-to-toe Marc Jacobs runway look. Sure, she’ll still whip out the YSL, a BCBG all white suit, a Christian Dior gown, or even a feathered Antonio Berardi look for certain occasions:
But you’re more likely to find her in a leather jacket, for example, with jeans from her capsule collection with Armani…
Or a in a simple Herve Leger club dress to kick it with her girls:
Whose looks wowed you the most in 2011?