So, the #BestOf2015 continues…
And, we’ve come to the close of yet another year! We’ve witnessed the evolution of some of our favorite fashionistas and we’ve even watched the growth of some notable up-and-comers. The year 2015 was a pivotal year for a plethora of trends including sheer gowns, sculpted silhouettes and the signature monochromatic look. But, there a few style mavens who managed to get it right in ‘fits that inspired, raised eyebrows and even tugged at our heart strings.
So, join me as we take a trip down memory lane in our favorite looks of the year!
Style extraordinaire Rihanna has had quite the fashionable year! The 27-year old bombshell held us captive as she flaunted some of the most eye-catching (and controversial) outfits. But, it was her 2015 Met Gala showstopper that shook the globe. The singer arrived on the red carpet while uplifting a Guo Pei 2010 Couture yellow fur trimmed gown that screamed oriental goodness!
The Bad Gal’s look also featured intricate detailing, a monstrous train and tons of color. She also donned a matching gold headpiece, pearls and shimmery gold pumps. The showstopping number was an absolute hit on social media and proved that it was one of the evening’s most talked about pieces.
And, I’ve got to admit – this is one of my personal faves for 2015. This look translated perfectly with the Met Gala theme (simply coined “China: Through the Looking Glass“) and left an imprint in the hearts of fashion lovers everywhere. Slay, Ri-Ri!
‘Yonce was another star who made quite the splash at the 2015 Met Gala! The superstar turned heads and dropped mouths as she sashayed down the red carpet in a sheer tulle evening gown by Givenchy. With a high ponytail and nude platform pumps, all eyes were on her as she slayed for the masses.
Mrs. Carter’s bedazzled dress boasts strategically placed multicolored stones, a sleek silhouette and long sleeves. The sultry ‘fit also houses an open back. Whew!
This woman is flawless. Although it was fun to watch Bey serve it up at the Met Gala, it was even better watching the responses this dress got! There were some who felt this was a bit much and then there were others who felt it was a complete hit. Heck, I’ve even seen some prom dresses fashioned after this style. But, if you ask us here at FBD, Queen Bey struck us hard with one!
3) Kyemah Mcentyre in Kyemah Mcentyre
I’m so excited about our next nominee! Kyemah Mcentyre literally came out of nowhere with her original African print gown. While high school seniors across the country were sifting through pages of magazines looking to the hottest celebs for inspiration, this rising designer took the creative route and concocted her own sartorial masterpiece.
Kyemah’s breathtaking dress showcases a plunging neckline, a full skirt and a striking print. The Instagram sensation kept her accessories to a minimum as she donned a simple gold choker and a matching gold head piece. She looks so regal, no?
It was almost impossible to scroll down your timeline without coming across a picture of this dress – I mean, Kyemah was everywhere! From television to social feeds, her story has made quite the impact on fashion up-and-comers and her daring spirit has landed her spot among our yearly favorites. She also proves that being sexy doesn’t necessarily call for showing all the goodies.
And, shoutout to this dazzling diva on grasping the title of Prom Queen! I love it!
Zendaya Coleman has truly grown up before our very eyes. I’ve watched her effortlessly transition from a Disney star into a full-fledged bombshell – yet, she shows no signs of slowing down! The actress/singer made one of her most memorable walks across the 2015 Oscar red carpet while she rocked a soft off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood creation and faux locs.
The 19-year old’s choice of hair seemed to garner both a huge amount of praise and some backlash as well. In a more telling account, E!’s Fashion Police Giuliana Rancic reacted to Zendaya’s fearless combination while expressing that she looked as if she smelled of “patchouli oil…or maybe weed”. After the statement was made, Instagram and Twitter went in on Rancic – ultimately, coming to the defense of our girl Zendaya.
In spite of the controversial reactions, this look soon proved to be one of Zendaya’s most iconic after she debuted her own Barbie fashioned after this chic (but edgy) styling. Yes!
The ageless Jennifer Lopez sizzled as she celebrated her 46th birthday in a black sheer paneled number by Bao Tranchi. This was yet another piece that hit social media pretty hard! Her racy number features an open back, multiple cutouts and a fitted silhouette. She stuck to the all-black rule as she slipped into a pair of mesh heeled sandals.
Although she continued to slay repeatedly throughout the year, it was a daunting task to choose her best looks. This was definitely on of her more risky outfits. But, with a body like that and the boyfriend to match, it seems like Jenny knows a thing or two about capturing (and holding) our attention. Either way, she looks great! Can’t wait to see what she rocks in 2016.
Werk it, hunty!
Chinese actress/singer Fan Bingbing was a consistent fixture on our fashionable radar this year. But, it was at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where she truly stole of hearts. Fan uplifted a gorgeous floral embroidered gown by Ralph & Russo which also boasts statement-making sleeves, an off-the-shoulder feature and a fishtail silhouette.
When I first saw this, it screamed ‘old Hollywood glamour‘. From her emerald gem-encrusted earrings to her sleek ‘do, this stunning number struck a chord with fashion enthusiasts everywhere.
Classy and cute is the style objective here. And, Fan Bingbing owned every second.
So, it’s no secret that Solange is a frequent highlight here on the blog. Her effortless cool and an undeniable style presence has placed her atop best dressed lists time after time – yet, throughout 2015, her style evolution has continued to make waves.
Back in May, the naturalista attended an event at Versailles as she donned a black ruffled strapless top from Stephane Rolland‘s Spring 2015 collection and white wide leg trousers. The B&W color palette gives this ensemble a dose of classic flair but the structured ruffle also adds a bit of personality to Solo’s ‘fit.
To complete her look, the fashionista added a spicy red lip, gold rings and pointed pumps. Hands down: she slayed this one!
8) Tina Knowles Lawson in Romona Keveza Spring 2015 Wedding Dress
And, to round out our Outfit of the Year, we have Mrs. Tina Knowles Lawson! The 61-year old stunner wed beau Richard Lawson in an intimate, all-white ceremony aboard a yacht. For her big day, the bride kept things timeless and elegant in a Romona Keveza Spring 2015 wedding gown which includes a gold belt, long sleeves and asymmetrical detailing.
When the public caught wind of this mind-blowing affair, social media went crazy. Mrs. Tina Knowles Lawson was all over the ‘Gram, Twitter and even the evening news. Now, this is how you break the internet.
I’m so happy for her. And, doesn’t she she look great?! Show ’em how it’s done!
So, who do think takes the title?
Signing Out — Esmesha