Red carpet coups, street killings and Fashion Week victories – 2022 has been a sartorial success story, as our favorite celebrities and their stylists testify.
The past 12 months have seen almost too many standout style moments to count, though a few immediately spring to mind: Rihanna redefined maternity fashion, Addison Rae drew inspiration from the early 2000s and Michelle Obama entered her fashion renaissance on a book tour.
As a holiday gift for you, we’ve dug through the archives of 2022, selecting 16 famous people who constantly dressed to impress. Take a fit trip down memory lane, showcasing this year’s most notable trendsetters.
We can’t talk celebrity style without shouting out Rihanna and her equally stylish lover, A$AP Rocky. Showing off her belly in all its glory, the Bad Gal proved that motherhood crises don’t need to be dull or demure.
The American culinary queen has made headlines with her chaotic social media presence, as well as some unexpected fashion choices, namely her gold Fashion Nova ensemble (paired with Brunello Cucinelli jewelry, no less!) and her Drip Chrome Hearts. To quote Martha: Now that’s a good thing!
Lil Nas X
Outfitted in Harris Reed’s signature halo headwear, Lil Nas X looked like a true fashion god at the VMAs. The rapper’s sculpted torso nestled in fluffy feathers is a strong contender for the best red carpet cut of 2022.
In September, Lil Nas X once again established himself as a fashion force when he made his runway debut at Coach.
Robert Pattinson may be unmanageable, but he knows how to rock an oversized suit. The Brit kicked off The Batman press tour in a custom-tailored ensemble by Jil Sander, baggy in just the good places, which put Justin Bieber’s Grammys to shame.
Off the red carpet, Pattinson continued to assert himself as the reigning normcore king of fashion in big-pocketed cargo shorts and nondescript tees.
Now that Michelle Obama is no longer beholden to American expectations of a first family, it seems she is loosening her collar. While promoting her new book, the former First Lady took the opportunity to experiment sartorially, donning statement pieces including custom Marine Serre, Versace cargo pants and a totally Roksanda x FILA track jacket. 90s.
Zendaya and her stylist, Law Roach, are constantly doing fashion magic. In pink Valentino, custom Loewe and Fear of God suit, the Euphoria star has been doing a bunch of sartorial splashes this year.
2022 saw sell sunset‘s Christine Quinn has become an unexpected style star. Between walking the Balenciaga Haute Couture show, modeling for Marc Jacobs and hosting the CFDA Awards, you’ll find Quinn at the intersection of expensive real estate and expensive fashion.
Thanks to stylist Elly Karamoh, Steve Harvey is in his “zaddy” era. The TV host’s wardrobe highlights this year include Gucci monogrammed leather pants, an off-track Tom Ford and a personalized Dior.
Addison Rae’s street style — usually a mix of athleisure, TikTok-loved luxury brands, and sassy graphic tees — captures the kitsch appeal of Y2K fashion. Rae strikes a perfect balance between referential and contemporary, treading sartorial middle ground that captures both the spontaneity of 2002 and the self-awareness of 2022.
Tessa Thompson’s criminally underrated style runs the gamut from classic to avant-garde. Whether she’s walking the red carpet at Armani or walking her dog on Versace platforms, the Westworld star still manages to look effortlessly cool.
Tyler the Creator
It’s been another year of impeccable dressing for Tyler, the designer, whose dripping grandpa met his match in the equally stylish Reign Judge.
Michelle Yeoh was the main character at Paris Couture Week, where she dazzled Schiaparelli and Balenciaga. Don’t forget her countless magazine covers, as well as her #NewNewBottega moment at the 2022 Governors Awards.
A flute-playing Lizzo won the Met Gala in a golden cape by Thom Browne. Little did we know the “About Damn Time” singer had a host of other style moments up her sleeve: In July, she took over Elle in a Balenciaga band bodysuit; in August, she made the VMAs in Glenn Martens for Jean Paul Gaultier Couture; and in September she attended the Emmys in Giambattista Valli tulle.
Pennsylvania Senator-elect John Fetterman has a wardrobe as sensible as his politics. Eschewing suits and dress shoes for Carhartt hoodies and Dickies work shirts, Fetterman’s wardrobe is modest and unassuming, a refreshing change from the posture of most American politicians.
It’s the outfit that launched a thousand glass bags: In April, Doja Cat attended the Grammys in an ice-blue Versace dress, paired with a flimsy accessory by Coperni and Brooklyn-based glassmaker Heven.
It was a formative fashion moment, followed by an equally memorable Paris Fashion Week tour. The rapper’s elaborate FW cuts were street-style catnip made even more powerful by her wacky makeup. (Gold face paint, anyone?)
Emma Corrin, Vogue’s first non-binary cover star, is fashion’s top red carpet risk taker. From their JW Anderson “fish” dress to their custom Miu Miu bodysuit (worn sans pants, of course), the actor’s unexpected choices always keep us guessing.
Honorable mentions: Oscar Isaac, Bella Hadid, Taylor Russell, Adam Sandler, Nathan Fielder