Every year, we look to street style to inform and inspire us. The pieces worn during fashion week and beyond by industry trendsetters can be the catalyst for new styling tricks, or even the next It bag. So now that 2016 is at an end, we’re looking back fondly at the best of the best, with our annual installment of #thestreeties.
With your help, we’re celebrating the women who stood out from the well-heeled crowd. From the best dressed celebs to the industry veterans still changing the game, consider this our list of 2016’s biggest trendsetters. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the women who earned the top spot in a host of categories, from who reps their city best to the up-and-comer you need to know. Rest assured there was plenty to be impressed about from this chic bunch.
Read on to see the 2016 winners of #thestreeties, and prepare to be inspired.
Street Style Star of the Year: Yasmin Sewell
Never one to shy away from bold colours or a dramatic silhouette, Yasmin Sewell was the street style star we couldn't stop watching. Part of what makes her look so inspiring is that she always keeps an open mind, dressing through intuition and giving emerging designers a try. To top things off, the London-based fashion director of Style.com has had a major year—relaunching the website in Britain, with the U.S. and the rest of Europe coming soon.
Celebrity Street Style Star of the Year: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
There's no denying it: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has impeccable style. The model and actress has a way of taking something as simple as jeans and a tee and making it feel oh so polished. Whether she's hitting the gym or the red carpet, Rosie always offers a lesson in relaxed elegance, which is exactly why she's the celeb who topped our list.
The Risk-Taker: Jan Quammie
A rising star among the street style set, Jan Quammie is seriously talented at mixing and matching the unexpected. The fashion director at InStyle Germany and former stylist at MyTheresa.com is just as likely to be wearing Céline as she is to be in something cool and vintage. Bottom line: She's one to watch.
Best Fashion Week Game: Margaret Zhang
One thing we can always count on from Margaret Zhang: some seriously genius layering. The multitalented founder of Shine by Three has nailed dramatic dressing. Whether it be with some serious sleeves or major volume, her looks are anything but ordinary.
Best Accessories: Kate Foley
We've spent 2016 practically drooling over the looks of stylist, consultant, and Vestiaire Collective’s Contributing Fashion Director, Kate Foley. She nails the accessory game, regularly carrying the latest It pieces from buzzy brands like Loewe, Chloé and J.W.Anderson. Plus, we give her major kudos for her ability to just as easily wear Valentino heels as if they were Vans—now that's talent.
#InstaStar: Aimee Song
With over 4.1 million Instagram followers, there's no avoiding the star power of fashion blogger Aimee Song. She's mastered her angles, knows the art of the outfit lay-down and is constantly brightening up our feed with her lust-worthy accessories and feminine duds. Oh yeah, and this year she made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and released a best-selling book. Impressed yet?
Best Street Style Couple: Giotto Calendoli and Patricia Manfield
On her own, street style star Patricia Manfield is inspiration enough, but with partner Giotto Calendoli by her side, we've got a major case of #relationshipgoals. The Milan-based duo doesn't just dress together; they're also collaborators on their site, The Atelier—now that's a serious power couple.
Best Editor Style: Christine Centenera
Uniform dressing has never been quite so chic as on Christine Centenera. The fashion director at Vogue Australia sticks to a signature look—lots of black and plenty of edgy-meets-classic pieces—but her styling always feels fresh. Oh, and if her look feels familiar, it's because she's Kim Kardashian West's stylist, too.
Owns New York: Eva Chen
If you look up the Instagram hashtag #EvaChenPose, you'll find over 10,000 attempts at re-creating the back-of-the-taxi shot perfected by Instagram's head of fashion partnerships—pretty impressive. But even more impressive is the range of looks she has worn over the last 365 days. She's nailed the art of New York dressing, perfectly pairing the practical (hello, sneakers) with fashion-forward pieces.
Owns Los Angeles: Nicole Richie
When we think of L.A. style, it's hard to come up with anyone who embodies the laid-back yet sophisticated look more than Nicole Richie. For her, it's about taking those basics Los Angeles girls love and elevating them to the next level. Oh, and rest assured she'll always have a great pair of sunglasses on hand too, since the sunny summer weather is year-round in L.A.
Owns London: Suki Waterhouse
She may be constantly jet-setting between L.A., New York and London, but Suki Waterhouse is a Brit through and through. Her signature look is a little bohemian and a little feminine, a playful combination Waterhouse and the rest of the British style set (e.g., Sienna Miller) pull off so well. No matter what side of the pond she's on, she nails the London look.
Owns Milan: Giorgia Tordini
This year, there was one brand that had every street style star buzzing: Attico. Not surprisingly, the silky line was the brainchild of two of the industry's greatest, Milan-based Giorgia Tordini and her friend Gilda Ambrosio. The launch alone earned plenty of buzz to keep her busy, when Giorgia isn't designing the next It pieces, the street style star is out mastering the masculine-meets-feminine aesthetic that's decidedly italiano.
Owns Paris: Jeanne Damas
If we had to choose one word to describe Jeanne Damas's look, it would be effortless. The French trendsetter makes pulling off that Parisian je ne sais quois seem so easy. With effortless styling and her signature red lip, Damas proves time and time again that there's no city for style quite like Paris.
Best Photographer: Acielle of Style du Monde
Capturing the perfect street style shot is no easy feat, but head to Acielle's photography site, Style du Monde, and you'll find it bursting with colourful shots of the industry's biggest trendsetters. While she's shot for her own site since 2008, Acielle also works as a contributor at Vogue and The New York Times and has had photos featured in just about every major publication—truly impressive.
Rising Star: Anaa Saber
Though she's still a student at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, Anaa Saber has already caught our eye with her cool blend of streetwear and designer pieces. As the winner of our user-generated street style contest, Anaa is clearly a trendsetter that you, dear readers, love too.
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