Rue de Chic Style Countdown : The Best of 2010

The past year has been an amazing year for fashion. New trends emerged, femininity reigned supreme, we took multiple style trips to the past but most importantly, simplicity made a comeback. Here’s a breakdown of what made this year so fantastic!

Back to Basics – Celine’s Phoebe Philo makes the minimalist look chic again

Simple, streamlined and elegant are words that ushered in Fall and boy was it exciting. Gone were the days of excessive layering, less was more…less was perfect.

The minimalist look at Celine

Celine's Phoebe Philo stuck to a very clean pallette, creating elegant and streamlined looks

Leather came back with full force…

It was all about leather this past year, from leather skirts to leather blouses, leather shorts to leather trousers, even colored leather. It was the edge that the industry needed…

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen in a woven and fringed leather dress

Jessica Alba looks chic in a leather dress

Leather was also front and center at Celine

Sarah Jessica Parker is leather clad

Blake Lively in colored leather

Fashion went soft for pastels…

From spring to fall, pastels kept things soft and feminine through multiple seasons.

Blake Lively was ultra feminine and sexy at a Lorraine Schwartz event

Cameron Diaz in a pale off-the-shoulder Victoria Beckham Dress

Lucy Liu is elegant in pink at the Tony's

Blake Lively went pink ealrier in the year while filming Gossip Girl in Paris

Eva Longoria also goes light in a Victoria Beckham design

Draped to perfection…

It was all about hugging every curve and highlighting your best assets this year.

Leighton Meeter is draped to perfection in a 2-tone Giambattista Valli

You can never go wrong in a draped Dolce and Gabbana number...especially if you're Halle Berry

Alexis Bledel shows us how to do a proper draped skirt

Slouch was out and structure was in…

This not only applied to clothes but accessories too. From purses to travel bags, it was once again chic to be a lady.

Victoria Beckham's gets structured with her purse

Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Alexander McQueen Memorial Service and accessorizes with a stuctured clutch

Another stuctured accessories look for Victoria Beckham who matches her purse with her travel bag

A trip to the past…

The year of course wouldn’t be complete without a style trip to the past. We reminisced about the school boy days and took inspiration from the 60s and 70s.

This year, the blazer took a preppy chic turn. Blake lively rocks a school boy blazer on the set of Gossip Girl

Miu Miu let us dream of the young and colorful days of the 60s.

While these Balenciaga moccasin pumps took us to colorful new heights

As we bid adieu to this year, I end with a quote that I recently came across “Personal Style is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.” Here’s to playing from your heart in 2011! Happy new year to you all!

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