- As 2018 comes to a close, INSIDER compiled a list of the best-dressed women in Hollywood.
- Over the past 12 months, Constance Wu and Cardi B became breakout fashion stars.
- Other celebrities, like Tracee Ellis Ross and Zendaya, took risks that paid off.
- Meghan Markle pushed the boundaries of royal fashion.
- And some stars kept it simple and chic, like Margot Robbie and Zoë Kravitz.
With 2019 right around the corner, it’s time to revisit some of the most memorable fashion moments of the year.
Over the past 12 months, celebrities wore some truly unforgettable looks, from Constance Wu’s Swarovski crystal-covered gown to Thandie Newton’s custom “Star Wars”-themed dress.
Below, see INSIDER’s list of the 16 best-dressed women in Hollywood in 2018, shown in no particular order.
Lady Gaga made a powerful statement in a suit.
In October, the singer wore an oversized Marc Jacobs pantsuit to Elle’s annual Women in Hollywood celebration.
During the event, Lady Gaga gave a moving speech about power dynamics in Hollywood and opened up about her experiences as a survivor of sexual assault.
At one point of her speech, the singer said she decided to wear a pantsuit to the ceremony to reclaim the power she felt she had lost.
Rihanna made major waves in the fashion industry.
As expected, Rihanna wore some of the boldest streetwear looks of the year.
The collection itself, as well as its website and marketing efforts, have been praised for including people with a wide range of body shapes and skin tones.
Chrissy Metz brought vibrant colours and bold prints to the red carpet.
During awards season earlier this year, the “This Is Us” star wore one memorable ensemble after another.
In January, Metz attended the Critics Choice Awards in a multicolored striped dress by Eloquii, which she customised with black sequin detailing.
Later that month, the actress stunned at the Screen Guild Awards in a custom cobalt blue Kate Spade gown with ruffled tiers and flowers cascading down from her right shoulder.
Metz had another major fashion moment at the Emmys in September, where she wore a one-shoulder emerald green dress that was custom-made by John Paul Ataker.
Constance Wu dazzled in elegant yet whimsical designs.
Wu also wore one of the most memorable red-carpet looks of the year. At the Los Angeles premiere of “Crazy Rich Asians” in August, she rocked a Swarovski crystal-covered gown by Ralph & Russo, cementing her status as one of the breakout fashion stars of 2018.
Amandla Stenberg was a fashion chameleon.
Stenberg wore some of the most fashion-forward looks of 2018, showing off her modern, experimental style in the process.
The “The Hate U Give” star rocked classic menswear-inspired suits with a twist, like a cropped blazer or metallic velvet fabric, as well as glamorous gowns with plunging necklines or embroidered detailing.
Zoë Kravitz stunned in one minimalist look after another.
Known for her chic yet edgy fashion sense, Kravitz always looks effortlessly stylish.
On the red carpet this year, the “Big Little Lies” star favoured floor-length column dresses, like the strapless black Saint Laurent gown she wore to the Golden Globes.
The actress also freed the nipple in a sheer lace design by Saint Laurent at the Met Gala in May.
Cate Blanchett was captivating in suits and structured gowns.
While Blanchett stunned in several structural gowns this year, it was her seemingly endless collection of bold, playful, and sleek pantsuits that set her apart wherever she went.
Paloma Elsesser was a fashion force both on and off the runway.
The face of numerous campaigns for Pat McGrath, Fenty Beauty, Glossier, and Nike, Elsessner has an enviable laid-back wardrobe that’s full of both designer pieces and vintage thrift store finds.
Lupita Nyong’o showed off her sophisticated yet playful style.
Nyong’o has long established herself as one of Hollywood’s most fashionable actresses.
Thandie Newton walked the red carpet in an unforgettable gown at Cannes.
At the Cannes screening of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in May, the actress wore a custom Vivienne Westwood gown emblazoned with images of black characters from the “Star Wars” universe, based on action figures from Newton’s personal collection.
The “Westworld” star, who plays Val in “Solo,” made history this year as the first black woman to land a leading role in a “Star Wars” film.
Meghan Markle pushed the boundaries of royal fashion.
Markle’s wardrobe is filled with classic boat neck dresses – one of her go-to silhouettes – and muted colours like blush pink or taupe.
But she also set herself apart from other members of the British royal family by taking unexpected fashion risks.
Tracee Ellis Ross proved she can pull off anything.
When it comes to fashion, Ross is willing to try anything, from a slinky velvet Versace dress to a burgundy pantsuit with dad sneakers. The “Black-ish” star embraces both the classic and avant-garde, so her style is equal parts fearless and fun.
At the American Music Awards in October, which Ross hosted for the second year in a row, the actress famously wore 10 different outfits, all made by black designers, during the duration of the show.
Melissa McCarthy kept it simple and chic.
A fashion designer herself – McCarthy launched her clothing line Seven7 in 2015 – the actress gravitates toward floor-length silhouettes with a cinched waist, often layered under a statement jacket or blazer.
Zendaya took fashion risks that paid off.
At 22, Zendaya has already established herself as one of the most stylish stars in Hollywood.
In March, for example, she wore a multicolored Marc Jacobs suit with exaggerated shoulders to Vanity Fair and Lancôme’s Women in Hollywood party.
The actress stunned at the Met Gala in May in a Joan of Arc-inspired design by Atelier Versace.
And one month after that, Zendaya pulled off a leather August Getty dress with a structured teacup skirt at the MTV Movie and TV Awards.
Cardi B became a breakout fashion star.
It’s safe to say 2018 was a big year for Cardi B. Her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy,” went platinum in July, the same month she gave birth to her first child, daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus.
The rapper has also built connections in the fashion world, working with designers like Christian Siriano and Alexander Wang, and collaborating with popular online retailer, Fashion Nova.
Margot Robbie showed off her polished style.
The “I, Tonya” star favours crisp silhouettes and timeless designs like the white Chanel couture gown she wore to the Oscars in March.
The actress’ wardrobe is refined but relaxed, full of tailored sheath dresses, high necklines, and muted neutral tones with pops of colour here and there.
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