Best and worst 2015: Style

BEST

• Fan Bingbing

The doll-faced Chinese actress made waves in the fashion industry for her dramatic looks on the red carpet, often eclipsing the Western stars and championing Chinese designers such as Laurence Hsu.

At the Met Gala, an annual fund-raising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City in May, the 34-year-old wore a glittering gold gown with an equally bold and patterned emerald cape by Chinese designer Christopher Bu.

She outshone style mavens such as singer Beyonce and model-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Her choice of dress for the premiere of the movie Mad Max: Fury Road at this year's Cannes Film Festival in May was also a stunner. The grey tulle gown by Marchesa, embroidered with multi- colour feathers to look like flower bouquets, made her look like an ethereal fairy.

• Taylor Swift

While pop singer Taylor Swift favours flirty miniskirts and hot shorts that show off her long legs, it seems that the high-fashion style of her supermodel girl squad, Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid, has rubbed off on the 26-year-old.

This was a year in which she fully shed her country singer image to become a bona fide style superstar.

Highlights include the sporty- glam Elie Saab teal dress at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February and the sexy white- sequinned jumpsuit by Balmain at the Billboard Music Awards in May.

• David Beckham

Like fine wine, this golden boy ages well.

The 40-year-old's sartorial aim was unfailing, whether he was wearing a leather jacket with a beanie, accessorised with his brood of four children in the front-row at his wife's runway show, or in tight undies fronting the autumn campaign for Swedish fast-fashion giant H&M.

The retired footballer also made surprise appearances in Singapore this year at the Asean Para Games and 26th Singapore International Film Festival earlier this month, looking impeccable as ever in well-cut and classic suits in neutral colours.

WORST

• Miley Cyrus

While the 23-year-old pop starlet may be all about freedom of self- expression, it may have been better if she had practised some self- censorship instead.

Case in point: Her Aug 26 appearance on American talk-show Jimmy Kimmel Live!. She wore a heavily sequinned cape-and-pants combo that showed off her naked torso, with only heart-shaped pasties to protect her modesty.

Even fully clothed, her pink glitter suit at a recent event at Carnegie Hall was not any better. It was ill-fitting and made her shoulders look like a wrestler's.

Take it to a wrecking ball.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 27, 2015, with the headline 'Style'. Print Edition | Subscribe