One would think that with everything that happened in 2020 – with countless lockdown and quarantines, lack of red carpet events, and the move to virtual celeb interviews – that A-lister fashion would sort of peeter off into nonexistence. Or that celebs would forgo fashion looks in favor of super sweats or athleisure. But alas, if there’s anything that the year has shown us, it’s that it’s fun to play dress up, even just for a moment. 2020 was the year of the statement look for the best dressed celebrities.
Best Dressed Celebrities 2020
It might seem strange to be calling the time during a worldwide pandemic the year of the statement look. For many of us, it has become more difficult than ever before to buy high fashion items and showing them off seems counterintuitive. But in a way, using fashion – having fashion shows at home, and taking style photos in offbeat locations – was a great way to escape from the perils of a health crisis.
In this precarious time, when the world is shifting to a new normal, making a statement with fashion means doing it in a virtual setting. Here are the celebrities who are making their own statement, while following the rules.
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Year of the Statement Look: Best Dressed Celebrities 2020
Tracee Ellis Ross in Christopher John Rogers
Since she burst onto the scene in Black-ish, Tracee Ellis Ross has always wowed us with her fashion. Her looks are versatile, she can flaunt a leather outfit one minute and a pink miniskirt the next. She takes risks and wears bold silhouettes with bright pops of color. And she’s not afraid to try something new, whether it’s at an awards show or on her kitchen countertop.
Tracee was on our Best Dressed list last year and here she is again. How can you ignore her fashion shows, like the ones on Instagram where she modeled looks by Valentino, Alexandre Vauthier, and Marc Jacobs that would have to be deferred to 2021?
Then, of course, we must give credit to her stellar fashion at the awards shows and appearances that took place prior to the COVID-19 crisis. That’s where we saw Tracee’s infatuation with designer Christopher John Rogers when she wore his padded shoulder number at the NAACP Awards. The bold color, the 80s inspiration, the smart sexiness of the look was fully realized and I loved every moment.
Anne Hathaway in Ralph & Russo
Since the red carpet has gone virtual, celebs have had to get creative with their couture. Fashionistas around the world cheered when Regina King posed in her sky blue Schiaparelli haute couture bustier dress at the 2020 Emmys and collectively gasped when Gal Gadot showed up in a striking fashion forward white Alexander McQueen cape-sleeve mini dress to the virtual premiere of Wonder Woman 1984.
Anne Hathaway did something similar at the virtual red carpet premiere of her new movie The Witches. She posed in an extravagant red Ralph & Russo gown from their Fall 2019 collection in a special photo shoot by Greg Williams on the roof of London’s Harrods department store. How would I describe that lavish number? Maybe fluffy.
Anne also wore a stunning Atelier Versace number to the 2020 Critics Choice Awards, in person, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country. But I think I’ll have to give her a spot on this year’s Best Dressed list merely for that red gown alone.
Zoey Deutch in Fendi
Let’s break away from the virtual red carpet of 2020 for just a moment and talk about Zoey Deutch at the 2020 Golden Globes in January. The incredibly beautiful fashionista wore a striking canary yellow Fendi jumpsuit that had pretty much every trend of the year in one bold look. And it was only the first month of the year when this happened! She gave us the crazy colors of 2019 that were back for 2020 as well as the puffy detail in the sleeve that I crave every year. For me, this is the moment that this actress became the fashionista to watch.
I didn’t see much more of her the rest of the year, save for a few big flashy moments, which I guess is enough. There was her pastel blue Valentino stunner at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party complete with Red Riding Hood-inspired hood and cape as well as her stunning multicolored Oscar de la Renta creation worn to the Producers Guild Awards. This is one style star that sort of went away when the virtual red carpet became a trend (obviously, she prefers the high drama of the real thing) but I am excited to see what she will rock upon her return.
Beyonce in Alon Livne
Let’s give it up for Beyonce, who exploded back on the scene in a virtual way. The Queen B can do no wrong and while she was having the ultimate fashion moment, she was always giving serious commentary to the changing social landscape.
In July, Beyonce released a visual album to accompany her soundtrack album for Disney’s The Lion King. The visual album, dubbed Black is King, was what Vogue.com called an “Afrocentric fashion fantasia” and she used her penchant for statement-making to let the world know that royalty come in all shape, styles and colors. Besides rocking Balmain, Valentino and Versace, of course, Beyonce also chose Ivorian-American Loza Maléombho and Israeli designer Alon Livne, celebrating the newest labels bursting onto the scene. It was certainly a sartorial moment and one that had everyone talking about for days afterward.
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