As 2010 draws to a close, there’s nothing Grazia Daily loves more than a sartorial end-of-year round-up. And when said round-up comes courtesy of the almighty Anna Dello Russo (no explanations needed obviously), you’re guaranteed to be in for a good’un. So, drum roll please, as we take a look at who’s made it onto ADR’s compliation of the Best Dressed of the Year...
As a fellow editrix and equally enigmatic style icon, it’s no surprise to see Carine Roitfeld at the top of the list. The soon-to-be-ex editor of French Vogue has long impressed the fash pack with her fierce oeuvre, from black lace bodices and oodles of leopard print to spikey boots and disheveled hair. Earlier this year, ADR confessed that Carine is her muse of muses; ‘She has always fascinated me with her intriguing attitude and her incredible way of dressing,’ she trilled, and in an interview with Grazia's very own Paula Reed, she described her as 'absolutely classic in a sexy fashion lady way', while, just this Saturday, she took to her blog to hail CR as ‘the most influential source in fashion of the last decade.’ Wowee, that's quite the love-in.
Next up, it’s another Queen of Couture with a distinctively theatrical style, Ms Daphne Guinness. ADR paid homage to the heiress (and secret fashion designer) with this image of her wearing a Alexander McQueen creation teamed with may-jah heels at the late designer’s memorial service, which took place during September’s London Fashion Week. We’re sure you’ll agree it’s quite the tribute.
Bagging slot Number 3 is Dasha Zhukova. Despite being the former editor of POP, this is a more unexpected entry. Yes, she does have marvellous outfits at her finger tips (this one comes courtesy of Balenciaga, dontcha know) but Dasha's still seen by many as the socialite girlfriend of a Russian billionaire, and during Milan Fashion Week, ADR reportedly pinched Dasha's seat at the Jil Sander show on the same day that her new POP position was announced. Miaow! But either way, it seems La Russo has been won over by such a wonderful wardrobe and is trying to build bridges by paying DZ this uber complement, and who can blame her? Certainly not us.
Next up, proving that ADR's taste extends beyond bonkersville, it's Michelle Obama bagging the Number 4 position. In the past, we've seen MObama applauded for catapulting up-and-coming designers, like Thakoon, into the spotlight and beating the chicer-than-chic Carla Bruni in the style stakes, but surely a nod from the saviour of dressing up is the greatest feat of all, no? Grazia Daily is particuarly loving this shot of America's First Lady wearing a floral - and affordable - frock by New York designer Tracy Reese.
You may not be familiar with Shala Monroque but we recommend you commit her name to memory, like, now. As the editor-at-large of Pop with a vivacious yet sophisticated sense of style and Miuccia Prada as a pal, the St. Lucian has been making serious waves in the biz, and now that she has the backing of ADR, we reckon she's set to garner even more fashion kudos. In the meantime, we recommend you check out her blog (shala.thepop.com) for a fascinating insight into the beyond fabulous life she leads, and prepare to wince with jealousy...
At Number 6, it's another breath of fresh air for you fashion fiends - say hello to Vanessa Traina. When ADR chatted to Joseph Altuzarra for Interview Magazine, she referred to Vanessa as the NY designer's muse. 'She is really cool, which I find incredibly interesting,' she said. 'It’s like a new cool sexy ideal. She has a very strong look, but it’s also sexy.' And here she is showcasing exactly that in a striking Givenchy suit. We love that ADR's thrown another new face into our midst and after a quick Google, we can report that Vanessa is a stylist and brand consultant for European fashion companies, as well as being the daughter of prolific novelist and Chanel couture client, Danielle Steel. One to keep your eye on, peeps.
And from the off-radar 'ooh really?' types to the established 'well, of course!' gals, ADR gives us Rihanna at Number 7. She's chosen to represent the pop powerhouse's style with this colour-blocking delight, which she wore in October, consisting of a Maria Luisa top teamed with Cacharel trousers and that flame-coloured bouffant. They're like two chameleons in a fashwan pod, no?
Bringing a touch of royalty to the proceedings, it's our very own Queenie in her signature uniform of a demure tweed coat and classic courts. You may furrow your brow at this one but considering ADR is a fan of cherry hats and watermelon fascinators (see below), it's no wonder she admires Her Majesty’s millinery collection, which is as varied and as colourful as her own. In fact, in the aforementioned interview with Paula Reed, Russo revealed that Elizabeth II 'is my all-time fashion icon. She has the best jewels.' Too true.
'I love 'er!' the Editor of Vogue Japan squealed when asked about meeting Sarah Jessica Parker, 'I was wearing a watermelon in my hair! She look at me like: 'Oh! Where she from?'" Yep, as another fan of wacky headgear, we're sure SJP had heaps to discuss with ADR when they bumped into each other at the Halston show this September. At the time, Anna took to her blog to tell the world, 'everything she wears has an effect on you,' sealing Ms Parker a spot on the countdown.
And, of course, at Number 10, it's Lady Gaga, looking like an outlandish Christmas angel crossed with a fearsome fashion superhero. It's no secret ADR can oft be found drooling over Gagaloo's sartorial stunners - she enthused to our Paula about how inspiring she is, and lest we forget last Halloween when the Russo's costume was a Gaga-inspired frock and cray-zee bird-like headpiece. So while wearing a silver Gareth Pugh dress for the ultimate fash-off, she finally met her idol during the Monster Ball Tour extravaganza earlier this month - after which, she hysterically blogged, 'SHE’s a totally complete ARTIST, SHE’s a musician, SHE’s a fashion icon, SHE’s a singer, SHE’s a dancer, SHE’s a poet with a VOICE out of the ordinary.' Yeekz! Talk about a mega fashion moment...
So there you have it folks, Anna Dello Russo's had her say but what are your thoughts on the chosen Top Ten? Anyone you reckon is missing or someone you feel should've been given a miss? Get involved below!
by Jessica Vince