In this strangest and most challenging of years, at least we could turn to celebrity for some major red-carpet moments and fashion escapism while we binge-watched The Crown and baked banana bread. From Zendaya in custom Armani Privé as she won an Emmy for HBO’s hit show Euphoria to the nine looks Lady Gaga wore at the MTV VMAs where she received the first Tricon award, celebrity style was bigger and bolder than ever in 2020.
Meanwhile, up-and-coming designers provided plenty of show-stopping moments: Christopher John Rogers designed the simmering green, silk-taffeta ball gown for Gaga’s VMAs roster, while Nensi Dojaka beautifully crafted the sheer, mesh bodysuit spotted on Bella Hadid, which later went viral on Instagram. It was also the year that sustainability was well and truly at the forefront of fashion — see Cate Blanchett at the Venice Film Festival, who proudly wore recycled outfits.
Lady Gaga’s style was nothing short of pure artistry at the 2020 MTV VMAs. The superstar wore a multicoloured ensemble by Iris van Herpen with sky-high boots by Pleasers, and a futuristic face mask as she accepted her Best Collaboration award for Rain on Me with Ariana Grande.
Bella Hadid was one of the initiators of 2020’s visible thong trend. Here, the model showcases the look with a sheer, mesh bodysuit designed by Central Saint Martins graduate Nensi Dojaka.
Priyanka Chopra highlighted Indian designer Kaushik Velendra’s work
To mark her virtual debut as the British Fashion Council’s Ambassador for Positive Change, Priyanka Chopra picked a custom modern tuxedo from London-based Indian talent Kaushik Velendra. Chopra’s wardrobe often boasts of the most exclusive of luxury labels. To see her divert the focus to a younger name is a sign of how we are approaching fashion now on—with kindness and mindfulness.
As we wait to see her performance in 2021’s The Suicide Squad reboot, actor Storm Reid is making waves on the fashion circuit. For Paris Fashion Week AW20 in February, she wore a moto-inspired leather look for the Monot show.
Leather and vinyl were two huge trends in 2020. Actor Zoë Kravitz’s dark and sultry take, as seen on the set of the latest Batman movie, is equal parts sophisticated and rebellious.
A true style icon, Rihanna brings it in this purple Givenchy pleated dress at the 51st NAACP Image Awards.
The breakout star of Netflix’s hit The Queen’s Gambit, Anya Taylor-Joy exudes glamour during Paris Fashion Week AW20, wearing Miu Miu.
Cate Blanchett looked spectacular at the 77th Venice Film Festival closing ceremony in September, wearing an Armani Privé peacock dress. Blanchett put forward a message of sustainability by shopping out of her own closet and recycling looks she’d previously worn on the red carpet.
Interest in The Crown skyrocketed this year, largely due to Emma Corrin’s performance as Princess Diana. Here, the 25-year-old wears Miu Miu to the Venice Film Festival in September.
New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s style matches the strength of her message. Her multifaceted approach to fashion and politics (as seen on the cover of Vanity Fair’s December issue) has inspired many young people to fight for what they believe in.
This year, US house speaker Nancy Pelosi showcased a lesson in power dressing. Always matching primary colours with different shades of pastels, her power suits represent her ongoing fight for justice.
Actor Nicola Peltz’s off-duty style consists of some of our favourite 2020 trends: chunky heeled boots, leather coats and tiny sunglasses.
Lila Grace Moss
Daughter of supermodel Kate, Lila Grace Moss made her runway debut at Miu Miu SS21 on the last day of Paris Fashion Week in October. The rising star has since provided us with plenty of 1990s style inspiration: Dr. Martens, leather jackets and slinky slip dresses.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Winner of the Fashion Icon Award at the 2020 People’s Choice Awards, actor Tracee Ellis Ross highlighted the importance of the expression of fashion.
Fashion icon and powerhouse, Naomi Campbell’s confidence and artistry continues to inspire. Here, she attends Marc Jacobs AW20 runway show, in an ode to strong tailoring.
Everyone loves Gigi! The model proves her style credentials as she leaves Miu Miu AW20 during Paris Fashion Week wearing head-to-toe check.
Model, actor, and founder of cult clothing brand Rouje, Jeanne Damas arrives at a dinner party in Paris in an all-black Louis Vuitton ensemble — a true masterclass in chic.
Bronx-born photographer Renell Medrano’s style is cool, calm and collected. Here, she proves once again that all-black outfit ensembles will always be fashion forward (especially when worn with Margiela Tabi shoes).
The Duchess of Sussex’s stunning green Emilia Wickstead dress, paired with a Gabriela Hearst mini bag, had us in awe back in March.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s class and poise was on display again in this red Alexander McQueen coat and tartan scarf for a visit to Cardiff Castle, Wales.
Ultimate cool-girl Hailey Bieber brought her own personality to her style game this year with fun and fresh pieces, such as this yellow Bottega Veneta coat, matched with jeans and a crop top.
2020 saw the exciting return of the cowboy boot. Actor and model Chloë Sevigny styled it just right for the city, alongside a Miu Miu bag and a pretty striped dress.
Dua Lipa’s music career reached stratospheric heights in 2020 and her style game was up to par, too. Here, she takes us back to the 1990s with baggy trousers, a cutout crop top and chunky Prada trainers.
For her history-making Emmy win — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for HBO’s Euphoria — the actor wore a custom Giorgio Armani Privé black skirt with pink polka dots, and a black bandeau top embroidered with crystals.
Kamala Harris made history as the first female Black and South-Asian US vice president-elect. Her choice of powerful suits with bold colours solidifies her message.