A new year has quickly approached and man, was 2016 an interesting one! From streetwear to couture, military to chic; style has morphed into a totally new organism that can sometimes appear unrecognizable to some. With fashion taking such an amazingly brave turn in the direction toward experimentation and innovation, style is now a fun form of self-expression that’s for… well, everyone! No longer just a fad for the “cool kids,” fashion has recently ditched mainstream labels and ideals and has even pulled some our favorite celebs into the fold.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some of 2016’s top 10 style moments and the stars who owned them.
Number 10: Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner was one of 2015’s hottest and in 2016, she only further ignited her flame! Whether spotted on the street in yoga pants and a bomber, or on a red carpet rocking a thigh-high slit that seems to extend to the heavens; we’re never disappointed in Kendall’s style choices.
Number 9: Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith wowed us in 2016 with his free spirited and rebellious take on style. Becoming the first male selected to be the face of a high-fashion women’s apparel brand (Louis Vuitton), he broke barriers and re-engineered culture, in a sense, ultimately birthing a mainstream unisex America!
Number 8: Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West, was another force to be reckoned with in 2016. Most times styled by her husband, Kanye West, Kim gave monochromatic ensembles and street style a swaggy new perspective and appeal. Her posh spin on tonal color and unofficial role as Yeezy Season’s face, made us all believers in her ability to start trends and make them pop.
Number 7: Ciara
Ciara is one of EGL’s favs in terms of style. This talented young lady put the “F” in fabulous for 2016! Making almost every red carpet event’s best-dressed list, her ability to slay a scene seems easy and almost natural, to say the least. Perfectly and plainly put, Ciara made our year! GO, C!
Number 6: A$AP Rocky
A$AP Rocky, MTV’s newly named creative director for their experimental idea house, MTVLabs, is yet another unruly fashion soul making our list. His ultra-lavish and rockstar themed outfits always attracts enormous amounts of attention. A$AP’s fashion is just as vibrant as his sound… And, we are in love with it all!
Number 5: Zendaya
Zendaya emerges at the midway point of our list, spicing things up with the hottest mixture of Young Hollywood and #BlackGirlMagic! This fresh-faced actress is one of the central style voices of her generation. Her Zendaya app and clothing line, Daya by Zendaya, is a sneak peek into this young entrepreneur’s style journal and man, is it good!
Number 4: Gigi Hadid
Next up is Victoria’s Biggest Secret, Gigi Hadid!
One of the hardest working models of her time and soon to be crowned with the title of supermodel, Gigi is a household name. Gracing the cover of almost every magazine on newsstands, Gigi’s style is always on display and (might we add) isn’t far from her everyday attire!
Number 3: Rihanna
Number three on the hotlist goes to the streetwear queen and Barbadian dream, Rihanna. What an incredible style year 2016 was for RiRi! The newly named creative director for Puma has produced a mind-blowing athletic line, Puma x Fenty and also landed a major deal with Dior, naming her the first black woman ever to front run for the brand! BRAVO, RiRi… BRAVO!
Number 2: Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama had a pretty fly year, also. Our beloved #FLOTUS, along with the rest of the first family, may be soon exiting The White House, but one thing that will forever remain etched in our minds is Big Meech’s wardrobe! I mean, c’mon… Have you already forgotten about the gold Atelier Versace gown she wore to her final State Dinner? That gown possessed enough style to be on a list all by itself!
Number 1: Beyoncé
The queen has done it again! Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has had her best style year, yet. The release of her activewear line, Ivy Park, in conjunction with her infamous Lemonade album and tour, has given the world more fashion inspo than we’ll ever need! Bey has always been the style spotter, trendsetter and fashion icon of this time and if 2017 is forecasted to be even bigger than 2016, then we’re in for one hell of a ride! BUCKLE UP!
Did we miss anyone?
If so, hit us up in the comments letting us know who should have made the list!
Written by: MAVEN CUTTINO