1. KATE HUDSON Hudson is already known for her haute hippie taste, but in 2008, she added a new touch of polished elegance to her looks – like her flowing Balmain gown and chic Valentino leather coat.
As if her much-copied hair wasn't enough to earn her a spot on this list, Rihanna hit all the right notes in her sophisticated mix of glamorous gowns, like her yellow Giambattista Valli, and funky dresses, including this feathered Zac Posen.
3. GWYNETH PALTROW The Oscar winner proved better than ever, revving up her classic look and taking off length from her famously long locks – and her hemlines! Paltrow showcased her flawless legs in her Preen minidress and, in her Lanvin toga, put the attention on her trendsetting bob. 4. FERGIE A long way from her belly-baring days, a refined Fergie emerged as a confident and cool dresser this year. From chic shorts on the street to classic Calvin Klein at the Grammys, there is no doubt that this singer is totally "G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S."
5. ANNE HATHAWAY She may have endured a rocky year in her personal life, but you'd never know it from how fabulous Hathaway looked on the red carpet. From glittering Roberto Cavalli in N.Y.C. to sexy draped Marchesa in Madrid, the actress certainly got smart about her wardrobe choices.
6. HEIDI KLUM There's no auf Wiedersehen in sight for this hard-working supermodel. Klum wins us over every week with Project Runway but works the red carpet in designs from luxe designers like Roland Mouret and John Galliano.
7. SARAH JESSICA PARKER She may have topped the box office as Carrie Bradshaw, but the New Yorker dazzled fans with her own unique sense of style. She wowed at a Sex and the City premiere in Versace and created her own style mix with Marni and Rag & Bone in N.Y.C.
8. MICHELLE OBAMA Politics may be tougher than ever, but Obama has wowed along the campaign trail with confidence, in polished looks that bring to mind a famous former first lady. Sticking mainly to favorite hometown designers like Maria Pinto, who crafted her sleek purple sheath, Obama has also tried new looks by Isabel Toledo and jeweler Tom Binns for campaign fund-raisers.
9. EVA MENDES Mendes got pulses racing with her sexy Calvin Klein ads, but her looks on the red carpet were perfectly feminine and sweet – like these Dolce & Gabbana frocks.
10. CHARLIZE THERON As if her acting choices weren't daring enough, the Oscar winner never missed an opportunity to turn up the drama on the red carpet. Whether wearing these feminine Dior frocks or trying a bold Balenciaga, Theron commanded attention wherever she went.
The bicycle has become the ultimate fashion accessory, but it was chic way before Agyness Dean started riding by Rebecca Nicholson guardian.co.uk,Thursday September 04 2008 00:01 BST
With the madness of Fashion Week nearly upon us, one sight is more certain than untouched food at a backstage buffet – Agyness Deyn will be tearing between shows, as usual, on her trusty bicycle. Her fondness of two wheels, documented by countless paparazzi pictures of her cruising through the New York streets, Strokes boyfriend in tow, set enough of a trend for Page Six magazine to declare it "a fashionable pursuit". Cycling's not only sustainable, cheap and healthy – it's officially chic.
Cycle commuting in London has increased by 91 per cent since 2000, and with that comes a natural evolution of style. Last year's limited edition Chanel bike may have been a ridiculous £6,000, and certainly ill-suited to London's cycle theft record, but Gucci soon followed with a limited Beijing-themed red model, embossed leather panniers included, which sold in China and Hong Kong for $3,400. Ludicrous, certainly, but also a sign of how fashion is starting to take cycling seriously. (Just ask Vivienne Westwood, a long-time devotee of pedal power.)
Chanel's limited edition bicycle, which sold for £6,000 But sales of "sit-up-and-beg" bikes were on the up long before Agyness took to her Electra Amsterdam. While they're easier on the eye than a clunky mountain bike, the explosion of Dutch or vintage style brands like Pashley, Velorbis and Grand 1888 allows cyclists to be more fashionable. They're slower machines good for leisurely rides – think riding home with flowers in your wicker basket, and you'll get an idea of the pace. You're far less likely to work up a sweat on a Pashley than you are on a zippy racer, which means you're far less inclined to reach for the dreaded Lycra.
This hatred of clichéd cyclewear unites bike-style bloggers across Europe and the US. They share a belief that the stereotype of an aggressive cyclist in Spandex shorts and wraparound shades does a great deal to harm the concept of cycling as simply a normal, everyday means of getting from one place to the next. "There are two major misconceptions," explains Caz Nicklin, founder of cyclechic.co.uk, an online store and blog for fashion-conscious women on bicycles. "One is that cycling is a geeky pursuit for which you have to be dressed from head to toe in Lycra. The other is that it's dangerous."
These concerns show that, despite recent growth, going anywhere by bike is still a novelty in Britain. A million Londoners may own bicycles, but only two per cent of journeys are made using them. We're still a long way behind the cycle-centric cultures of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin and even Paris, now, and it's in Europe that "cycle chic" really comes into its own.
The term was coined by blogger Mikael Colville-Andersen for his site, Copenhagen Cycle Chic, which collects and publishes his daily shots of the city's most stylish cyclists. He tells of girls in Louboutin heels who seem to stick with "beat-up old Raleigh granny bikes" and how the city's men are switching to "sit-up-and-begs" like the Velorbis Churchill, but really, he says, "We don't have cyclists in Copenhagen, we just have Copenhageners who get around on bikes."
Marc van Woudenberg, who runs the popular site Amsterdamize, supports the idea that fashionable cycling is about being able to wear your everyday clothes to do it. "It's not for the purpose of cycling, but for the purpose of dressing according to your personality and the occasion, be it work, school, a party, whatever," he says, adding, "Anything but Lycra."
And that's what the boom in "sit-up-and-beg" bikes like the Pashley Princess, the Electra Amsterdam and those beat-up old Raleigh granny bikes will continue to nurture – dressing as you would every day, in Louboutin heels if you like, enjoying your leisurely bike ride.
It's been the week of the haircut, what with Victoria Beckham's gamine crop and Agyness Deyn's new sleek bob. Now Kate Moss has gone for the chop with this super-messy mid-length cut. Kate was showing off her hair at Punk last night, as she stepped out with boyfriend Jamie Hince.
Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig took a trip down the Nile for Resort. Keeping the palette simple—ivory, black, blush—they applied gold Egyptian-style embroideries to striking pleated and draped dresses and gowns, two of which came in a dramatic marble print. Though Chapman and Craig clocked serious tabloid time this weekend dressing WAG Coleen McLoughlin for her wedding to Manchester United soccer player Wayne Rooney, this collection was less headline-making. Still, the characteristically pretty dresses should make any woman feel like a latter-day Cleopatra.
Models sporting branded casual jeans and tank-tops strutted down the bar table-come-catwalk at the final event for Bali Fashion Week 2008 at the Hard Rock Hotel's Center Stage in Kuta, late Friday.
Sexy swim wear and sensuous lingerie collections were followed by musical performances by Siluet and the Rice Girls (a new group of singers from Australia) during the intervals.
It was a fairly lackadaisical evening compared to the past four days of brave colors and elegant dresses which filled Bali Fashion Week this year. Nevertheless it did serve as a reminder for Mardiani Ika, the creator of Bali Fashion Week, that another year had passed and it was now time for everyone to concentrate on the future.
"I know that those who came out and worked hard to make their designs for display made a lot of connections with people in the industry and even got some orders," Ika told The Jakarta Post, standing next to the pool outside away from the Techno-music blaring from Center Stage.
"Of course, it could have been better but I believe, given our capacity, that it was the best show we could have done," Ika said.