InStyle's 2017 Style 100: The Year's Buzziest Dresses, Trends, and Fashion FOMO Moments
Who were the hottest designers, models, and stars of the year? We’ve got them all right here. From the pedigreed Insta queens shaking up the runway to the real-life wonder women breaking barriers on the big and small screens, check out our countdown of 2017’s best and buzziest.
Style Crush: Rihanna
What began as a tribute to sisterhood at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., spawned an entire movement, including supporters such as Cate Blanchett and Madonna, who delivered a protest speech in fashion-friendly black. Angela Missoni brought the sea of pink to the Milan runways with a designer version made in her signature zigzag.
Cara Delevingne's Head-to-Toe Shine
Revival: Gucci's Campaign
Gucci drew fire for a Dapper Dan-inspired look in its resort show, then silenced critics by casting him in a men’s campaign.
Elle Fanning's Unicorn Dress
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made sock diplomacy a real thing, with styles that nod to NATO, gay pride, Ramadan, and, on May 4, Star Wars. Maybe he’s just not a hat person.
Jessica Biel's Emmys Moment
Chanel Goes Into Deep Space
Diane Kruger's Crush-Worthy Style
The Supers Back Together
Tracee Ellis Ross on the Red Carpet
Raf Simons for Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein is winning 2017 with Raf Simons at its helm, says Reese Witherspoon. “Nicole Kidman’s dress at the Emmys this year was stunning. Raf Simons designed it for her. He’s such a beautiful artist, and I love everything he’s doing at Calvin Klein, even the shoes. I want every single pair.” —Reese Witherspoon
She may not be PC, but the social media supermodel still gets lots of likes for posting all the behind-the-scenes fun.
Bella Hadid's Insta Inspo
Social Star: Kaia Gerber
She’s only 16, but her gram game is strong, with cameos by mom Cindy Crawford.
Gigi Hadid's Street Style
If her runway snaps don’t provide enough #inspo, her street-style shots certainly will.
Rookie of the Year: Presley Gerber
Make America ___ Again
Michelle Pfeiffer's Resurrection
After a four-year break, Michelle Pfeiffer returned with dynamic roles in the freakish Mother! and the can’t-wait-to-see-it remake of Murder on the Orient Express.
Topical Topper: What's That?
Is there a hidden Brexit message in Queen Elizabeth II’s millinery? It kind of looks like the European Union flag.
Miley Cyrus's Reinvention
Look who’s back. Miley Cyrus dropped a brand-new grown-up sound with “Malibu,” which doesn’t require twerking to appreciate.
These beauties from Chanel are just for you, Twinkle Toes.
Fashion FOMO Moments: Street Style, Old School
Marc Jacobs does hip-hop? It’s not such a record scratch after all. With a smart take on the New York music scene of his youth and a spare, silent show that cleverly turned into a loud display on the street, Jacobs pumped up the volume big-time.
Just Redo It
Virgil Abloh seems to be everywhere these days. But his irreverent remixes for Nike are harder to score than a three-pointer is if you’re not wearing Jordans.
Forget car coats. Ralph Lauren wants to put you in a Ferrari red tux or a Lamborghini yellow ballgown.
Dior's Desert Night
Dior’s cruise show in Calabasas, Calif., was a real adventure, complete with snakes.
Demna Gvasalia: Haute Shot
Demna Gvasalia loves to throw fashion a curve ball, and this one had some polish on it. After only a year as creative director of Balenciaga, he revived Cristóbal Balenciaga’s couture with fall gowns inspired by classic designs from the 1950s.
This Old Thing?
Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry
Taylor Swift vs. Tom Hiddleston
Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West
Taylor Swift vs. Calvin Harris
Even the headstones in the "Look What You Made Me Do" graveyard scene have a bite to them. While one references the name of Swift’s new album, Reputation, another calls out Nils Sjöberg, the pseudonym she used to co-write her ex’s hit “This Is What You Came For."
Still Got It: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
Dystopian Present: The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale looks more prescient than ever thanks to the modernized twists of Hulu’s Emmy-winning adaptation, not to mention current events.
Renaissance Man: Donald Glover
The reasons to love Donald Glover are endless: Atlanta. Childish Gambino. Lando Calrissian. But his tobacco-hued velvet Gucci tuxedo at the Golden Globes tops our list.
Dress Codes Decoded: First-Class Problems
United Airlines banned two teens from a flight because leggings don’t fly.
Par For The Course
The LPGA announced new guidelines restricting low-cut necklines and short skirts.
Game, Set, Match
At Wimbledon, tennis greats including Venus Williams were asked to change their undies to honor the all-white dress requirements.
After a female reporter in a sleeveless dress was barred from the House chamber, Speaker Paul Ryan pledged to “modernize” its policy.
Bella Hadid winked at the French Open’s more liberal dress protocol.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus set an Emmys record for wins in the same role, and tied overall.
The cast (and producers) of Big Little Lies debunked the catty clichés about women in Hollywood.
Gal Gadot proved once and for all that a female superhero can conquer not only the Nazis and the Greek god of war but also the almighty box office. In the sequel we hope she takes on equal pay and sexual harassment.
Atomic Blonde gave Charlize Theron the teeth-cracking action vehicle she was looking for with a script that was written as if the hero were a guy.
“We don’t change,” Pink told her daughter at the MTV VMAs. “We help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton got a lot of heat for analyzing her election loss. But would you rather have President Trump mansplain it?
This Year's Models, Part 2
And Helen Mirren brought her cheeky personality to the runway too.
Designers like Alessandro Michele of Gucci may be giving up on fur, but novelty animal prints show no sign of going extinct anytime soon.
Spots For Seeing
With their appealing geometry, circular sunglasses are yet another trend from the 1960s revived for today. Designers just want to give peace a chance.
I Woke Up Like This
We’ve all heard of day-to-evening dressing, but fancy pajamas offer next-level versatility. We call it bedroom to boardroom.
The summer’s reigning street-style hit has carried forward into the Spring 2018 shows. It’s a clean way to finish any outfit, plus it’s nurse-approved.
Belle du Jour
Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast made Belle popular again, at least until Elsa and Anna hit Broadway.
Is $1,000 really so much to pay for an iPhone X that can track your facial expressions and turn them into animoji? Just think of all the uses for a talking pile of poo.
It’s hard to say which was more entertaining, witnessing the Great American Eclipse in person or watching celebrities like Jasmine Tookes post their sun worship on Instagram.
To mark his 100th show, Dries Van Noten put together a legendary cast of models, including some of the industry’s most beloved faces. Early-aughts supers like Liya Kebede, Alek Wek, and Amber Valletta returned to honor the designer who helped launch their careers. “It was wonderful to see so many friends from years gone by,” says Valletta, shown far left chatting with pal Carolyn Murphy backstage. “We caught up about our kids, our lives, and mostly giggled that we are still hitting the catwalk after all these years!”
Dries Van Noten's 100th show was a fashion sight to be seen from the front row as well.
A Never-Ending Story
Thom Browne brought his madcap runway adventures from New York to Paris with a hilarious show featuring a cast of lost fairies, a tulle unicorn, and the soundtrack from Little Mermaid. Not one bit of humor was lost in the French translation.
Welcome To New York
Clare Waight Keller
Paris's New Blood: Natacha Ramsay-Levi
Meanwhile, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, her replacement at Chloé, scored points for velvet sportswear and light dresses that pay homage to the house’s past.
20-Years Club: Narciso Rodriguez
A striking number of designers marked a two-decade milestone in business, including Narciso Rodriguez.
Jeremy Scott also celebrated 20 years of fashion fantasy.
Angela Missoni hit the 20-year milestone as the head of her label.
As did Donatella Versace in Milan. Cheers!
In His Shoes, And Now Clothes
A year after joining Salvatore Ferragamo as design director of women’s shoes, Paul Andrew is also taking on the label’s womenswear. Now the whole outfit will match.
Asking For Trouble
Donna Karan inserted herself in the Harvey Weinstein sexual-harassment scandal when she answered a question about it, commenting on how provocatively women dress. At least she apologized immediately.
Double Takes: Madonna's Adopted Twins
Twins seem poised to take over the world this year. Madonna’s family grew by two with the adoption of sisters Esther and Stella from the Home of Hope orphanage in Malawi.
The return of Twin Peaks delighted David Lynch fans, very slowly.