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.”