FASH­ION on WEDNESDAY

The Best Dressed Women of 2019

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page -

Wel­come to our list of the best­dressed women of 2019. Even if you don’t agree with all our choices, we hope you will find some style in­spi­ra­tion here.

Best-dressed lists al­ways di­vide opin­ion over who did and didn’t make the cut. But these days, ar­guably, their very ex­is­tence could be called to ac­count. Of course, women are more than the sum of their out­fits, but we think these lists can be in­struc­tive, not only for what they tell us about the way women have cho­sen to present them­selves to the world over the past year, but for what those choices re­veal about wider is­sues. Clothes are part of a whole ar­moury of tac­tics that can help or hin­der us on our paths, and it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to see how they’re de­ployed here ( just lis­ten to fi­nancier He­lena Mor­ris­sey on the power and the plea­sure to be had from fash­ion).

We’ve avoided the usual ros­ter of red car­peteers who em­ploy armies of stylists, or are paid by spe­cific brands to be am­bas­sadors. There’s noth­ing wrong with what they do – it’s good busi­ness – but it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily re­veal their nat­u­ral sar­to­rial in­stincts. That said, there are al­ways those rare per­form­ers whose blaz­ing fash­ion flare shines through, even when the stylists have helped them. Phoebe Waller-bridge, Si­enna Miller and Zoë Kravitz: we salute you for your bold state­ments and nat­u­ral el­e­gance.

Re­ally, though, this may turn out to be the year when the red car­pet fi­nally re­lin­quished its hold on our at­ten­tion. Too many award shows, so many bland choices – and quite a lot of rag­ing ex­hi­bi­tion­ist ones – have made this strand of peo­ple-watch­ing a dull and/or un­com­fort­able spec­ta­tor sport.

In­sta­gram is the new run­way, which is where we dis­cov­ered Marie Don­nelly, a some­time art cu­ra­tor and race­horse owner. Her ac­count is pri­vate, but she popped up in her cou­ture out­fits on other feeds.

If Don­nelly oc­cu­pies the luxe perch on this list, the writer Dana Thomas and su­per­star re­tailer Jane Shep­herd­son are cham­pi­oning the re­cy­cling of clothes and the green­ing of the fash­ion in­dus­try. The fact that so many con­sumers who, even a year ago, wouldn’t have dreamed of rent­ing clothes or wear­ing vin­tage are em­brac­ing the con­cept is the big­gest fash­ion story of the year.

Lisa Arm­strong, Head of Fash­ion

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