being my favourite magazine, how would i ever miss NYLON's best dressed list for the year?

1.  Emma Watson
10 years after the first Harry Potter hit theaters, Emma Watson is a full-on fashion star: 
She's the face of Burberry, the champion of U.K. designers like William Tempest and Christopher Kane, and a seriously stylish Brown sophomore. Only Watson could chop off all her hair into a daring pixie cut that looks so adorable, she actually tempts us into doing the same.  Plus, every time we put her outfits on the blog, your fast and furious comments crash our server.  Okay, we get it - we're all obsessed.

2.  Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung claims her way of dressing is "tomboy," but she forgets we've seen her in Chanel Couture. Lucky for us, we can wear her off-duty outfits - cutesy dresses, grandpa cardigans, and riding boots - by shopping her line at Madewell.

3.  Blake Lively.

Whether Blake has a stylist or not is irrelevant - she wears beautiful clothing and rocks it. As Serena or herself, she has the ability to make designer clothes look like a second skin. Not only did our voters take notice, but so did Karl Lagerfeld, choosing Blake as the new face of Chanel in 2011. Lily must be very proud.     

4.  Rachel Bilson

Oh, Summer Roberts, how you've captivated O.C. fans for eternity!
Your rich-girl-next-door style makes it all too easy to lust over everything you wear (leaving Starbucks and otherwise). And we're not the only ones - this year, InStyle named Rachel a fashion columnist, while Sunglasses Hut chose her as their "Style Ambassador."  (This means she adds Prada shades to whatever Miu Miu dress she's already wearing.)

5.  Leighton Meester
At the annual barometer of high fashion - The Costume Institute Gala in NYC - only two women were daring enough to wear Louis Vuitton runway looks.  One was Madonna.  The other was Leighton Meester, who separates from her primly perfect alter-ego Blair Waldorf by taking major fashion risks - and reaping the Marc-Jacobs-approved rewards.

6.  Carey Mulligan
The Oscar-nominated actress - and infamous drama school reject - is only 25, but she manages to pull off ladylike Miu Miu, Lanvin, and Prabal Gurung dresses in a way that looks fresh and chic, not dowdy.  Also, is there any way we can get that Prada dress from last year's Academy Awards? 
Because we really need it.

7.  Alison Mosshart
The rock star piles on leopard prints, shredded knits, skinny jeans, and smeared eyeliner like it's fashion bomb fallout, and really, it's the sexiest thing we've ever seen.  She refuses to wear dresses or skirts, and still looks like the ultimate femme fatale.  Jack White wasn't kidding when he told NYLON, "It's not interesting unless you have a girl." 
Especially this one.

8.  Mary Kate Olsen
Back when she was an NYU student, the actress and designer inspired the New York Times' expose, "Mary-Kate, Fashion Hero." Now with The Row, Elizabeth & James, and Olsenboye in her portfolio, MK still rocks her signature oversized tops, skinny jeans, and heels- but with a chic, modern twist.

9.  Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel's vintage-inspired fashion choices are just like her movie roles- quirky, offbeat, and totally cool. Zooey, next time can we go thrifting with you?

10.  Natalie Portman

As Zac Posen's original muse, Natalie Portman has always quietly shown she has great fashion sense.
Whether it's in Stella McCartney, Rodarte, or jeans, the Black Swan star proves that classy doesn't mean boring.  Evidently, Dior agrees - they've just signed her as their newest model.





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STYLE CHALLENGE - chunky knits/ sweaters

knits are perfect for the cold weather, they are warm, cozy, and chic.
and for this fall, chunky ones are the must-haves.
nevertheless, chunky knits could go quite extreme.
they could end up to be a fashion disaster as they might create that 'marshmallow look'
but if the styling is right, its gonna be stylish and sexy.

style 1: x leggins/ skinny bottoms

the most basic style would be going with leggings or skinny pants.
it balances the entire look well without adding any weight to it.
add that bit of hotness by showing off one shoulder like Rumi.

style 2: x shorts/ skirts

leather shorts are another must-have in fall 2010 and they go so well with chuncky knits to create the 'sugar and spice' look i.e. soft cozy sweater with sharp edgy shorts.
for the more girly look, just put on a skirt instead.
(i love that Warehouse faux leather skirt on Ashley!)
complete the look by a pari of lace up heels (another must-have).

style 3: boyfriend

get an oversize sweater and wear it as dress to catch up with the boyfriend trend. it is absolutely sexy.
for a more youthful preppie look, add opaque tighs with over-the-knee/ knee high socks,
and of course, a pair of oxford shoes.

style 4: layering

this style needs a certain amount of sartorial savvy
avoid wearing something that are too thick inside.
matching with a collar shirt is perfect to create the preppie look
and wearing a simple cotton dress underneath like Popbee would be sweet.

chunky knits..would you like to give it a try?

[Photos Courtesy of fashiontoast / Ring My Bell / WHOWHATWEAR / POPBEE / STREETFSN / LOOKBOOK.nu]


LF Fall 2010 lookbook.

styling points:
- nordic
- chunky knits
- shearling
- sheer
- lace
- maxi