Best Dressed at Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards 2014

On Tuesday night the Harper’s Bazaar UK Women of the Year Awards took place in Claridge’s Hotel, London. The awards, which was in association with Estée Lauder, celebrate women and their achievements & inspirations in the art, fashion, film and music industries. Designers and models, singers and businesswomen, many of the industries’ A-listers gathered in the British fashion capital for a night of true female celebration, and brought their A-game to the red carpet too. See whose made the Killer Fashion Best Dressed list, and also which beauties went home with a shiny new award.harpers copy

Monochrome Madness

There’s always monochrome and Jessie Ware knows just how to work the classic palette in her Miu Miu ensemble. She wore a plunging white tunic blouse with billowing sleeves and a necktie with black suit pants, grey & black low heels and scarlet red lipstick that completed her classic look. Jessie also won Audemars Pigeut Award for Musician of the Year.

Actress Gwendoline Christie stunned in her white cape gown by Giles, that was a silk crepe creation with an embellished tiger paw on the shoulder that really gave the look its oomph. She styled the look with a navy perspex box clutch, combed back hair and a fresh-faced look with pink lippy. Gorgeous from head to toe! Gwendoline also won British Actress of the Year.

Top supermodel Erin O’Connor also opted for classic monochrome, wearing Emilia Wickstead on the night. Her textured charcoal dress featured a wide-v neckline and slight peplum detailing on the waist, with the above-the-ankle cut showing off her metallic silver ankle-strap pumps. Though her look was really perfect with that slate grey & white floral printed overcoat that she wore on her shoulders, which she completed with an hourglass-shaped clutch, lattice cuff bracelet and smokey eyes.

Jessica Joffe wore a beautiful silk mini dress with Asian-like nature prints in black & white that also featured a Peter Pan collar. Her short Diane von Furstenberg choice was worn with black tights and black & red Christian Louboutin pumps. Her flame-red hair was styled with a raspberry lipstick and she held a black clutch to finish.

Sandra Choi looked beautiful in her black & white choices, donning a floral lace top with a high neckline over a simple black tee with pants and black pumps, and accessorized with a metallic gold clutch, gold studded bracelet and kohl-rimmed liner for a chic Parisian-style look.

Designer Sarah Burton also opted for a demure black & white look sporting a jacquard silk printed blouse & pants look with white contrasting cuffs & collar, barely there low heels and a black, white & red box clutch that resembled a Louboutin heel, as the trims were scarlet red. Sarah also won Designer of the Year.

Shine & Sparkle

Embellished looks were also plentiful, and singer Ellie Goulding held hers well in her KaufmanFranco mini shift dress. Her ‘ripped’ beaded mini had a nude slip and wide-v neckline that flattered the singer perfectly, which she wore with open toe metallic silver sandals and an array of silver jewellery. She kept her beauty look simple with a dewy matte finish, a nude pink lipstick, mascara and naturally brushed hair. Gorgeous!

Model Karolin Wolter stunned in an embellished sheer gown by Marios Schwab. The dress featured embellished lace with a nude underlay and a floor-sweeping skirt. A barely there makeup look and slicked back hair completed Karolin’s look.

Legendary designer Diane von Fürstenberg kept to her usual colourful and classy self, sporting a turquoise knee-length dress with a black swirl beaded overlay, from her own collection. With her signature frizzed out hair and chunky accessories, the Belgian designer wore open toe pumps with opaque tights for her ladylike demure look. Diane also won Fashion Icon of the Year.

Little Black Dress

Victoria Beckham worked her simplistic style in her own designs, which featured a plunging neckline, tan suede halter strap and secret pockets on the hips. Posh Spice styled her in a half up-half down look, smokey eyes and strong brows for that powerful female look.

Elisa Sednaoui turned heads in her bodysuit sheer look, wearing Irish designer Simone Rocha for the event. Her LBD featured a black fitted bodysuit and flower appliqué sheer overlay with scalloped trims that was both sexy and girly, which she wore with Charlotte Olympia heels and a takeaway-box handbag to match. Her messy hairstyle was perfectly matched by her dark brows and top liner and that pink lipstick.

Whether or not you can actually this an LBD, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked fantastic in her Balmain choice for the awards. The look featured a wide-v plunging neckline bodysuit redeemed by a bandeau, a thick patent leather waistbelt with gold accents that fell into the deep-pleated sheer skirt. The model also wore a black & gold trimmed choker, opted for barely there makeup and a clean hairstyle to emphasize the Balmain creation. Rosie also won Model of the Year.

Arizona Rose wore Victoria Beckham, looking fab in a classically chic midi dress. There was some gold embellishment on the shoulder above the capped sleeves that really worked in Arizona’s favour, as it matched her curled bob and the newly trending fresh-faced beauty look. Black pumps and a nude clutch finished her look.

A Pop of Colour

Colourful attire was also present, with gorgeous axctress Margot Robbie donning Rosie Assoulin. Her canary yellow plunging gown was pretty straightforward, with which Margot didn’t add too many accessories. Cat eyes, groomed brows, straight hair tucked in behind her ears and large gem stud earrings completed the look perfectly. Margot also won Breakthrough Actress of the Year.

Roksanda Ilinčić brought her A-game wearing her own designs. The Serbian designer wore a navy tulle gown with abstract red & blue lines all over with a metallic waistbelt and black suede pumps to finish. She wore her hair in a simple mi-parting and a subtle matte red lipstick. Roksanda also won Businesswoman of the Year.

Irish-born designer Simone Rocha stunned in a vibrant red self-designed gown. Her lattice detailed tulle gown features a ball skirt, which the designer wore with a matching red cardigan on her shoulders. She styled her look with a feathery bag and quirky black pumps. Simone also won Young Designer of the Year.

Emilia Wickstead attended the awards too, also donning her own designs. The British designer wore a mustard yellow textured crepe gown with a v-neckline and short sleeves that had quite the billowing and relaxed fit. A slicked back do, gold metallic clutch and barely there makeup finished her look beautifully.

British model Suki Waterhouse looked wonderful in her colourful Valentino creation. The gown featured gold, blue & red embroidery on the tulle netting of the skirt, with a ruched bodice, sheer sleeves and an embroidered heart appliqué on the left too. Her long locks complimented her fresh faced beauty look, though an updo would have been a better choice for the gown.

Both Professor Green and his wife Millie Mackintosh looked wonderful for the occasion on Tuesday evening. The rapper donned a crisp blue suit, while his high street designer wife attended in a stunning Julien Macdonald gown. The nude-coloured gown featured an embellished plunging neckline with sheer panels on the skirt & train that posed difficult for Millie to walk in, regardless of its beauty. A fur shrug, stylish updo, dewy glow makeup and a nude minaudière completed her look perfectly.

Notable Mentions

Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year 2014 Winners

  • Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton 
  • Young Designer of the Year: Simone Rocha
  • Model of the Year: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
  • British Actress of the Year: Gwendoline Christie
  • Breakthrough of the Year: Margot Robbie
  • Businesswoman of the Year: Roksanda Ilinčić
  • Man of the Year: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Beauty Icon of the Year: Carolyn Murphy
  • Fashion Icon of the Year: Diane von Furstenberg
  • Audemars Pigeut Award for Musician of the Year: Jessie Ware
  • Art Icon of the Year: Julia Peyton-Jones
  • Inspiration Award: Carey Mulligan
  • In Memoriam: Debo Devonshire

Images © Harper’s Bazaar, courtesy of Zimbio

Source: Harper’s Bazaar UK

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