Red Carpet 2018: A review of the year's best and most memorable looks
A look back
Aaaaah, the red carpet. Where PR departments and stylists work their magic to bring us indelible celebrity images. Theatricality is like RC oxygen, but 2018 has been a little more dramatic than usual- actresses affiliated with the Time's Up movement wore black to the Golden Globes to protest sexism and sexual violence; the Cannes Film Festival's unspoken 'no flats' rule came under renewed scrutiny (see gallery above); and looks from the Met Gala's Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination ball flirted with controversy. Nevertheless, there was plenty of prettiness to be found across the year's premieres and events, and we've rounded all of it up for you below.
Designer of the year: Pierpaolo Piccioli/Valentino
Many of the world's biggest fashion houses may be dressing down, but Pierpaolo Piccioli is still flying the flag for glamour and eccentricity. The enlarged volumes, delightfully mismatched colour combinations and unfiltered romance of Piccioli's Valentino designs bagged him top billing for his Moncler Genius collection, and clinched him the top honour at the British Fashion Awards. We stan.
Movie Star MVP: Cate Blanchett
She may not be a contender for the upcoming awards season (and was criminally underused in Ocean's 8), but Cate Blanchett is still a fashion winner. While discharging her duties as president of this year's Cannes jury, Blanchett predictably went for a slew of her ride-or-die Armani's columns. Giorgio wasn't the only designer up her sleeves, however; she also surprised us with Mary Katrantzou and Maison Margiela sightings.
Best promo tour: Lady Gaga, for A Star is Born
Though Mother Monster's '100 people in a room' spiel was booed by a seriously entitled public (leave her alone, you guys), her promo tour wardrobe was nigh-flawless. We may not be getting kooky Gaga back anytime soon, but in her absence, Hollywood Gaga will do just fine.