Usually about this time of year the red carpets are slowing down in terms of Best Dressed of the Year worthy moments. October 2018 definitely delivered many major moments that are definitely contenders for a space on my end of the year list. Will they win out? Who knows right now. I never count anyone out until I make that final cut. 1) Beyonce in custom Vivienne Westwood Couture for the On The Run II Tour: Topping this months best dressed list is the absolutely amazing custom Vivienne Westwood Couture silver sequin jumpsuit which Beyonce rocked the stage for the final stretch of the On The Run II Tour. Since the tour kicked off in June Beyonce has made a Best Dressed list every month (except for August) with looks from Valentino Couture, Peter Pilotto, and Dundas. Each of those looks made spot two or three on the list, but were inched out by other looks. This looks was worn at the beginning of the month and through all of the film festivals, movie premieres, and other events that took place i couldn’t get the flowing metallic organza cape floating in the air courtesy of Beyonce’s iconic wind machines out of my mind. It is quite honestly one of the best contenders for my Best Stage Costume Award and easily a major contender for Best Dressed of the Year. 2) Denise Gough in Erdem Spring 2019 RTW at the London Film Festival premiere of Colette: Keira Knightley may have been the “biggest” star in Colette, but it was Denise Gough at the films premiere at the London Film Festival that really stood out to me. Her full runway Erdem Spring 2019 RTW ensemble which features a black and white floral printed cropped matador jacket, black slim fit turtleneck, and a pair of black and white micro polka dotted cigarette pants was major. I was hoping to get to feature it in one of my wish lists, but she snatched it up before I had the chance. It was absolutely amazing. Her red satin pumps and matching red lips all helped push this to the top of this list.
3) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in custom Alexander McQueen at the British State Dinner for the King & Queen of the Netherlands: I always have high expectations for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and I have felt like she doesn’t live up to my expectations very often. She has worn dated coat dresses and standard Jenny Packham gowns. I was so not expecting this wedgewood blue taffeta Alexander McQueen gown which features an off the shoulder neckline, ruched bodice, and a mermaid hem. It was the best, and most regal, that Catherine has looked since her wedding day. McQueen and Catherine has been a winning combination and I am totally in love with this moment. Her jewel’s, borrowed from the crown collection, included the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, Princess Diana’s ‘Collingwood’ earrings, and Queen Alexandra’s wedding necklace. It was also the first public event where Catherine wore the Royal Order broach. Fun fact Catherine is only the second granddaughter-in-law of a living monarch to receive the honor. She is definitely ready to be queen.
4) Cate Blanchett in Maison Margiela Spring 2018 Couture at the Rome Film Festival premiere of The House With A Clock In Its Walls: Would it surprise you if Cate Blanchett stepped onto a red carpet and didn’t make my best dressed list? It would shock me. I paid 0 attention to the Rome Film Festival because it has been years since the last time that I was wowed by looks on that festivals red carpet. So when I saw that Cate was there, in Maison Margiela Couture no less, I was blown away. I loved that Cate brought something unexpected to this red carpet in this amazing Maison Margiela Spring 2018 Couture gown by John Galliano which features bold metallic iridescent pleated panels. I have loved this gown since the first moment I saw it on the runway, but I was at a loss of who would bring it to life on the red carpet. I should have known it was a perfect look for the queen of red carpet fashion. Cate owned it beautifully. 5) Tilda Swinton in Chanel Fall 2018 Couture at the Chanel Cruise 2019 Replica Show: Save for the terrible photos I was totally enamored with the Chanel Fall 2018 Couture gown which features a sequined tweed cap sleeve bodice with a high neckline, an a-line pleated skirt, and a patent leather belted waist that Tilda Swinton wore for the re-presentation of the Chanel Cruise 2019 show in Thailand. I don’t usually go for couture gown for a front row perch, I typically think they are a waste of a moment. But Tilda really brought this gown to life. She brought that edge modern glam to this look and I do really love it.
6) Maggie Gyllenhaal in Nina Ricci Fall 2018 RTW at the SCAD Film Festival premiere of The Kindergarten Teacher: I have always loved that Maggie Gyllenhaal doesn’t pick from the standard trove of labels on the red carpet. She picks some of the more avant garde designs and it makes for beautiful moments. I absolutely adore this Nina Ricci Fall 2018 RTW gown which features a high neck, cape like blouson bodice, a-line skirt, and hand painted impressionist print on the gown. It was a beautiful moment and Maggie is really one of the only people who could sell it to me. She did it with elegance and ease.
7) Sarah Jessica Parker in Ulla Johnson & Emilia Wickstead Spring 2019 RTW at The Late Show with Steven Colbert: Sarah Jessica Parker knows how to do glam and that was evident when she stepped out of her car and started walking into the Ed Sullivan theater for The Late Show with Steven Colbert. She rocked a burgundy boulce tweed speckled coat with an antique rose pink Emilia Wickstead Spring 2019 RTW ‘Nicoletta’ metallic dress has a ruched top, fitted bodice, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and long skirt. The dress had been modified from the runway to have a shorter skirt for Sarah making it less formal that I was expecting from it when it was worn. Jennifer Fisher jewelry, Wolford stockings, a pair of her SJP Collection ‘Naomi’ glitter pumps, and a Beto O’Rourke pin all made this look something that I definitely expect from Sarah. It was her at her best. 8) Sarah Paulson in custom Calvin Klein at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards: I have always loved Sarah Paulson and she just keeps getting better and better. This year has been her most major year of style moments yet. Last month Sarah was honored at the Elle Women in Hollywood Award and she did so wearing a custom Calvin Klein ensemble with an Andy Warhol printed fringe bodice and a green leather a-line circle skirt which she paired with a green marbled Tyler Ellis clutch, amazing Fernando Jorge drop earrings, and a pair of Calvin Klein origami pumps. No one else could have sold this to me like Sarah did it is edgy and glamorous and she wore it with an effortless ease.
9) Kiki Layne in custom Valentino at the New York Film Festival premiere of If Beale Street Could Talk: Heading into festival season I had no idea who any of the women in the cast of If Beale Street Could Talk, but I do now. Kiki Kayne has been wowing thanks to the help of her stylists Wayman + Michah (who also dress Tessa Thompson, Regina King, and Kelly Marie Tran) she has been serving major looks thanks to major designers. The soft pink tulle custom Valentino gown which features an asymmetrical ruffle neckline, 3D butterfly detail, and an a-line skirt is one of my favorites. It really helps elevate Kiki. I don’t know if this film is going to be an awards season contender, but I really do hope so just so we continue to get to know Kiki.
10) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2018 at the Australian Geographic Society Awards: Rounding out the list is another royal. Following the announcement of her pregnancy I was wondering how Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, was going to handle maternity style. Most of her pre-pregnancy looks never fit right so I was wondering if it would be a series of even more chic looks that just fit terribly. Fortunately when she touched down in Australia for her first royal tour she seemed to have gotten everything right in the wardrobe. There were so many major moments, but I really gasped when I saw her wearing this black and white swallows printed Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2018 tea length gown. It was truly unexpected. It doesn’t fit into what I feel like is ‘royal protocol’ and that is what I love most about it. She did style it with her favored simple black Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ pumps that she favors and glossy waves. I can’t wait to see more maternity moments from Meghan.