The Little Black List: Best of 2015

The last 365 days flew by, but the following ladies proved they knew how to rock a dress! Here are our editors’ favorite fashion looks of the past year:

1. Gone Girl Rosamund Pike is Glorious in Givenchy rosamund-pike-22. blake-lively-17Blake Lively Continues to Prove She’ll Never Need a Stylist

3. Lupita Nyong’o is Crowned Queen of Cannes & Master of the TwirlOpening Ceremony & "La Tete Haute" Premiere - The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

4. Reese reese-witherspoon-6Witherspoon is Anything but Basic in Black & White

5. Rihanna Demonstrates the “Art of Couture” in Guo Pei at the Met Galarihanna-1

6. Zendaya’s Unreal Cuteness Results in a Recreated Barbiezendaya-17. Sienna Miller Sports “Oscar” to the Oscarssienna-miller-2

8. Charlize Theron is Divine in Diorcharlize-theron-9

9. Kate Middleton Hints at Baby’s Gender in Last Outing before Charlotte’s Arrivalkate-middleton-47 10. Caitlyn Jenner Proves to be the Best Dressed Lady in the Kardashian Clancaitlyn-jenner-1

Snow White and the Seven Dresses of Ravenna

Lips red as blood, hair black as night, bring me your heart, my dear, dear Snow White.”  It seems fairy tales are back in a big way, with popular shows like Grimm and Once Upon a Time, and movies like Enchanted, inspiring a resurgence in the classic children’s fables.  But director Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman is much darker than its comedic counterpart, Mirror Mirror, which is also a Best Costume competitor.  But instead of vying for the princess roles, Hollywood’s megastars seem to be gobbling up the villain parts lately… Julia Roberts is the evil queen in the other Snow White flick, Angelina Jolie will play Maleficent next year, and Cate Blanchett has been cast as the evil stepmother in Cinderella.  Academy Award winner Charlize Theron plays Ravenna, an utterly terrifying evil queen in this medieval Snow White story.  Wimpy Kristen Stewart couldn’t hold a candle to this stepmother…  Costumer Colleen Atwood is a three-time Academy Award winner and one of our all-time favorite designers here at theSkinnyStiletto.  She earned her 10th nomination for her work on of Snow White and the Huntsman.  Atwood told Entertainment Weekly, “We had things that were made from beetle wings, and pieces that were made out of parchment paper, which is an ancient technique not normally used in costuming. I had stuff made in India, in Turkey, I had fabrics woven.”  In the beginning of the film, Ravenna seems like a sweet, new mother figure, but if her wedding gown is any sort of warning, the epaulettes on the gold and cream-colored gown were designed to look like a skeletal rib cage (pictured, above) – not exactly the romantic look you want on your new mom.  While Snow White is supposed to be the star, it’s hard to keep your eyes off Charlize’s creepy and vain queen, along with her stunning outfits.  Our favorite is the mirrored black and silver number (pictured, above left), which has a feathered high collar that matches the ravens she distracts her enemies with.  Snow White really only wears two costumes: an earth-tone and scarlet gown (pictured, top), which the huntsman chops the skirt off of, so she can move easily in the forest, and her suit of armor (pictured, below left).  Same for said Huntsman, played by the incredibly sexy Chris Hemsworth (pictured, below right), who Sanders decided was the real love interest in this revisioned fairy tale.  Atwood said, “The Huntsman was a forest dweller, his clothes all leather and rough fabric he cobbled together, paired with weaponry that was his signature.”  Matched was his alluring blue eyes, and Hamlet-like voice, he was quintessential casting for a strong, but broken, antihero.  Unlike her costars’ simple looks, Charlize got to wear a bevy of intricate costumes.  As discussed in The Hollywood Reporter, Atwood used elements of death, like spiderwebs and skeletons to show, “decay as a central theme in the castle, life being taken out of things. So I used what remains, or elements of that, in the costumes.”  Her pointy, metal crowns, clawed jewelry, and the sharp edges of her clothing don’t exactly indicate she’s a loving person.  Atwood also added of Ravenna, “Her costumes kind of crumble along with her. They go from light to dark to very dark at the end.”  Ravenna’s reign may come to an end, but Atwood’s onscreen imagination is unforgettable.

Top 10 Academy Award Dresses

Hilary Swank in Guy LaRoche, 2005

Reese Witherspoon in Valentino, 2002

Charlize Theron in Vera Wang, 2000

When it came to choosing our Top Ten Favorite Dresses from the Academy Awards, there were several disagreements and compromises among our editors…  We can all admit that Audrey was as regal as her character, Princess Ann, when she wore Givenchy (who else?) while accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1954.  Grace Kelly wore a beautiful frock, making her last public appearance before marrying her prince in 1956.

Salma Hayek in Carolina Herrera, 2003

Grace Kelly, 1956

In 2000, Charlize Theron made orange attractive for the first time in Vera Wang.  Reese Witherspoon looked delightful in her capped-sleeve Valentino gown in 2002, while Salma Hayek turned heads at the 2003 ceremony in a Carolina Herrera two-piece the designer originally created for herself.  That same year Kate Hudson was a show-stopper in pale gold Atelier Versace, which was chosen as the #1 Dress of the Century by InStyle.

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, 1954

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace, 2003

In 2004, Hilary Swank took the plunge, showing off her million-dollar backside.  Many people doubted Marion Cotillard’s chance of nabbing the Best Actress Oscar in 2007, as well as making any Best Dressed lists, but she proved them wrong twice in her stunning Jean-Paul Gaultier number that was made especially for her.  Two years later Angelina made our list by wearing her go-to color in Elie Saab.  And our final choice is up for an Oscar at tonight’s ceremony- Natalie Portman was pretty in pink two years ago wearing Rodarte – the same costumer for Black Swan!  Hopefully this year she’ll be carrying a heavy gold accessory by the end of the night…

Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier, 2007

Natalie Portman in Rodarte, 2009

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab, 2009