Two Editors Discuss 2017’s Biggest Red Carpet Moments

We probably say this every year, but 2017 really was a stellar 12 months for red carpet outfits. While no one did anything particularly shocking, what we found were gorgeous, flowing frocks and minimalistic dresses that wowed in equal measure. However, at Who What Wear UK we had a number of disagreements over which A-listers managed to wear the ultimate dream ensembles we'd steal right off their bodies. So, two editors, Elinor Block, assistant editor, and Emma Spedding, deputy editor, each chose their top 10 and asked our Instagram followers to decide the winners. Keep scrolling to see who won which round and which dresses made the final cut.

Round 1: Sassy


Getty PICTURED: Bella Hadid (left), Taraji P. Henson

Emma says: This Alexandre Vauthier dress Bella wore for this year's Cannes Film Festive was super sassy but more demure than 2016's red version (which was equally as amazing). 

Elinor says: I loved this look on Taraji P. Henson. I felt like it was finally her time to shine on the red carpet. She owned it with a little expertise from Alberta Ferretti. 

ROUND 1 WINNER: Taraji P. Henson

Round 2: Metallics


 Getty PICTURED: Ruth Negga (left), Penelope Cruz

Emma says: I've got a serious style crush on Ruth Negga. She always keeps it super fresh and interesting. This gown was by Louis Vuitton, and I loved it because it was a conventional "bombshell look" and complimented her short hair. 

Elinor says: Silly question time: Is it ever possible for Penelope Cruz to ever look bad? The answer is an obvious no. She keeps it relaxed—even in gold chainmail—with that shrugged-off-one-shoulder dress. 

ROUND 2 WINNER: Ruth Negga

Round 3: Classic Hollywood


 Getty PICTURED: Emma Stone (left), Sophie Turner

Emma says: This was Emma Stone's year, and at every event, she looked every bit the Hollywood star—especially in this Valentino creation. 

Elinor says: Another win for Louis Vuitton when Sophie Turner wore this sequinned ombré dress on the red carpet. 

ROUND 3 WINNER: Emma Stone

Round 4: Granny chic


 Getty PICTURED: Sienna Miller (left), The Olsens 

Emma says: Granny chic/boho is still a domain that Sienna loves to go back to because she does it so well. This Gucci dress was a grown-up version of her classic style. 

Elinor says: It's the Olsens. Need I say more? 

ROUND 4 WINNER: The Olsens

Round 5: Princess


 Getty PICTURED: Emma Watson (left), Alexa Chung

Emma says: Emma Watson played a Disney princess, so it was only fitting that she wore a princess gown from Emilia Wickstead, which came complete with a floor-trailing skirt. 

Elinor says: There's so much to love about this look on Alexa. One, because it's so unusual for her but second because it was by Loewe, which is a brand I'm in love with right now. 

ROUND 5 WINNER: Alexa Chung

Round 6: Red


 Getty PICTURED: Ruth Negga (left), Rihanna

Emma says: As I've already said, Ruth Negga constantly wins on the red carpet. Her dress at the Oscars was no different. I loved the demure high neck and long sleeves. 

Elinor says: Oh, Rihanna. Could you look any better? Hands down, this was one of her best looks of the year (bar her Met Gala outfit, which was nothing short of epic).


Round 7: Sleek and minimalistic


Getty PICTURED: Naomie Harris (left), Michelle Williams

Emma says: Naomie Harris is the queen of minimalism on the red carpet. While she stuck to that theme in this Calvin Klein by Appointment frock, the train makes it that much more interesting. 

Elinor says: I love everything Michelle Williams wears. She's always chic and knows what flatters her shape. Thanks to her neck tie, you barely notice how low-cut her dress is. That's how to do a sophisticated reveal. 

ROUND 7 WINNER: Naomie Harris

Round 8: Unexpected / game-changer


Getty PICTURED: Lupita Nyong'o (left), Emma Stone

Emma says: In Halpern, currently one of the hottest red carpet brands, Lupita Nyong'o knows what she's doing. Not only is the colour a total knock-out but the silhouette is unique. 

Elinor says: It's no surprise that in the year Emma Stone won all of the awards, she wore Chanel couture. I love this look because instead of a classic dress she wore trousers. Bravo. 

ROUND 8 WINNER: Lupita Nyong'o

Round 9: Dramatic


Getty PICTURED: Kendall Jenner (left), Hailee Steinfeld 

Emma says: Kendall Jenner looks like she's having so much fun with this dress, no? 

Elinor says: While 21-year-old Hailee Steinfeld hasn't done loads of red carpets yet, this Vera Wang creation proves that she's already a total pro. 

ROUND 9 WINNER: Kendall Jenner

Round 10: White embellished 


Getty PICTURED: Kate Boswoth (left), Michelle Williams

Emma says: This gorgeous embellished dress on Kate Bowswoth might seem like there's a lot to look at, but by keeping accessories minimal she totally pulls it off. 

Elinor says: Yep, I've chosen yet another Michelle Williams dress. Again, this is Louis Vuitton and she wears it likes it's her second skin. 

ROUND 10 WINNER: Michelle Williams

Next up, the best party dresses you can shop in time for New Year's Eve. 

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