For years, queer people have been around Hollywood and the limelight, but not always in it. Sure, we may have styled and designed for the celebrities who’ve made up literally every Best Dressed list since the beginning of time, but it’s only recently that there’s been enough of us to really fill out a Best Dressed list of our own.
Here, we take a look back over the year for the most stylish queers on the red carpet — IN MY OPINION.
While she certainly puts in the work as a writer (and now director), Janet Mock also knows her way around a label or two. Towards the end of this year, we saw a ladylike turn to her style as she opted for brands like Valentino and Rochas. But we still can’t stop thinking about her standout moment at the Oscars in a white Christian Siriano gown — a designer she also calls a friend.
When he’s not blooming for you, Troye Sivan is typically pulling off an easy-breezy Los Angeles vibe with an emphasis on t-shirts and slightly oversized jackets. But when he hits the red carpet, he can really turn it up. For the Met Gala, he came in red hot, pairing a sheer shirt with his Valentino suit.
“Turning looks, stunting pretty, I’m the bitch from New York City,” she sang in one of her verses. And it’s true: she’s been asked to pull looks by brands like Moschino and publications like Paper and Vogue Italia. This year she’s kept that up, most notably on the red carpet of the British Fashion Awards, and at the finale of her winning season on Drag Race.
Her look on the Met Gala red carpet was more than just a sartorial choice: it was a political statement. Bringing the “More Colors, More Pride” flag literally on her back, she set a precedent for how she would turn up at events, standing for representation. Since, Lena has made it a point to showcase the beauty of masculine-of-center women in Hollywood, even showcasing her epic sneaker collection in Vanity Fair.
Kelela is always experimental with her music, and her methodology remains true when it comes to fashion. But while in song she pushes the barriers of what we consider to be R&B, in fashion she has no problem going from established brands to repping the up-and-comers, opting for some of the more “editorial” looks. Case-in-point: her close relationship with brands like Telfar or even this seemingly origami-inspired white number for Grandoozy.
He has a back catalogue alone that could and should land him on this list for years to come — his looks have inspired entire Gucci collections, after all — but the way that Elton John continues to queer up black tie to this day deserves recognition. We particularly loved the way he added a little extra to his suit for his AIDS Foundation’s 17th Annual Benefit, and the many Elton-inspired moments currently for sale at Gucci stores across the globe.
She’s been a well-known model for years, so turning a look is nothing new for Cara Delevingne. Luckily for us, as she’s traded in that cultural cache to be an actress, the looks have only enhanced. A particular standout for 2018? Turning up to Princess Eugenie’s wedding in an Emporio Armani tux and top hat, replete with a toothpick. (And yes, she did get permission to deviate from the event’s strict dress code.)
K. Stew made a lot of noise at the Cannes Film Festival this year while participating in a protest surrounding the lack of female filmmakers honored at the festival, and also going barefoot in a protest to the event’s “no flats” rule. But all the while, she was giving #Fashion.. A highlight: her Chanel suit with wide-legged trousers and Roberi & Fraud shades.
Indya Moore may have had her breakout acting moment on Pose, but a star wasn’t just born on the screen — the actress proved herself a fashion chameleon, molding herself into whatever the moment called for. She’s managed to acquaint herself with all the It brands of the moment (Telfar, Luar, Proenza Schouler) but also stunned (on more than one occasion) in Raf Simons’ creations for Calvin Klein.
It was at Comic Con that Ezra Miller foreshadowed the atypical style icon he would eventually become. While costumes are par for the course at that event, his turn as a sexy Toadette definitely took the cake. But his status as the alternative fashion Prince was cemented when he turned up on the red carpet of the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald premiere in a full length Moncler puffer jacket-cum-dress, lipstick and all. This was gender-bending in a way that was nothing but Fashion.
She may be young, but Rowan Blanchard is that girl. Whether the actress is turning up for a movie premiere or sitting front row at a fashion show, she never misses the chance to have a little fun. Our favorite stand-out? This eccentric Gucci number she wore to the LACMA Art + Film Gala.
An indie artist can mark out their own sense of style, that skirts around the trappings of mainstream pop stardom, which selects looks for palatability or the Hollywood machine. And though some abandon that individuality when their notoriety swells, St. Vincent notably has stuck to her guns, continuing to wear pieces like this radioactive orange latex (seemingly her favorite textile) at the Mo Pop Festival.