Rulers of the red carpet: FKA Twigs, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Solange Knowles and Rihanna, Getty Images.

The 10 wildest red carpet innovators

Welcome to awards season, a time when our favourite celebrities can dazzle us with their fashion know-how. This week, we count down those red carpet innovators who impress us most.
01 January 2016
Katy Perry at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards, Getty Images.

10. KATY PERRY – THE ENTERTAINER
Katy’s attitude to getting dressed for events? Anything goes – and have a sense of humour. That could mean a new pastel hairdo, a Giorgio Armani gown with attached angel wings or even this boy-meets-girl mash-up at the MTV Europe Music Awards. By treating style as her own personal dressing-up box, Katy is bringing fun and games back into fashion.

Madonna at the 2015 Grammy Awards, Getty Images.

9. MADONNA – THE AGELESS WONDER WOMAN
It’s a sad fact that many think women on the red carpet have to stop taking risks at a certain age, but luckily Madonna has never believed in that. Instead she rolls with the times, and at 57 is constantly evolving her style to find new ways to express herself at big events, working with her favourite designers to ensure she always makes a splash.

Solange at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Getty Images.

8. SOLANGE – THE A-LIST HIPSTER
With a powerful sense of personal style, she is not one to bow to red carpet convention. Instead she brings a comfortable, hipster element that screams Solange to any event – like this stunning and unusual embellished H&M Studio suit at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

Cate Blanchett at the Deauville American film festival in France, Getty Images.

7. CATE BLANCHETT – THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF HIGH FASHION
Rarely making a misstep, Cate shows that even fans of avant-garde high fashion can be best-dressed-list favourites. Chanel haute couture, Alexander McQueen and Schiaparelli all figure strongly in her rotation, proving that the trickiest top designers can still be red-carpet-ready.

Lady Gaga at The Brit Awards 2010, Getty Images.

6. LADY GAGA – THE DRAMA QUEEN
Lady Gaga single-handedly shakes up every event she attends, whether that’s with face paint and wigs or a custom-made meat dress. But even her more subtle looks make her a style innovator. By choosing a couture Alaïa gown or a full Balenciaga look, she is making the red carpet a much more exciting place.

FKA Twigs at The Brit Awards and MTV Video Music Awards 2015, Getty Images.

5. FKA TWIGS – THE RULE-BREAKER
Embracing young, hip designers like Craig Green and Faustine Steinmetz, FKA Twigs doesn’t water down her personal style for the red carpet. Bringing unorthodox streetwear chic and daring makeup, and blending it with the more experimental work of Christopher Kane and Atelier Versace, she arrives at a head-turning style that is entirely her own. 

Alan Cumming at the Tony Awards and a Cadillac event in New York 2015, Getty Images.

4. ALAN CUMMING – THE MENSWEAR MASTERMIND
We all know that formal menswear can be a little dull – always the same handsome tuxedos and bow ties – so we’re grateful for Alan Cumming and his adventurous spirit. Whether it’s a shorts-suit, a sleeveless shirt or full zebra print, it’s good to see someone who is ready to have fun on the red carpet.

Kim Kardashian at the InStyle Awards and the LACMA Art+Film Gala 2015, Getty Images.

3. KIM KARDASHIAN – PREGNANT IN PUBLIC
Did you really think Kim Kardashian would let her red carpet standards slip during her second pregnancy? If anything, she upped the ante, putting her beautiful bump on centre stage with sexy, sheer looks in classic Kardashian black.

Rihanna at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards, Getty Images.

2. RIHANNA – THE FUSION FAN
She pushes boundaries in almost everything she does, so of course Rihanna will shake things up on the red carpet, too. She’s a pro at combining her Barbados roots and a flair for ultra-modern streetwear into a glittering high-end wardrobe, that shows she isn’t afraid to bare some skin at any occasion. 

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Getty Images.

1. LUPITA NYONG’O – THE TECHNICOLOUR MARVEL
All hail Lupita, who knows that the way to the top of any best-dressed list will mean taking a few risks. Never afraid of vivid colours, flowing silhouettes and elegant volume, she is one red carpet risk-taker who inspires us all to step outside our comfort zone.

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