The 8 Breakout Stars of 2017's Red-Carpet Season

Emerging talent in every arena.

With a gasp and more than one muttered expletive, we're sure, the 2017 red-carpet season ended Sunday night. Emma, Nicole, and the other usual suspects lived up to their reputations, but here, we're shining the spotlight on eight relatively less established actresses who really found their fashion footings this year.

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Tessa Thompson

You know her from: Westworld and Dear White People

Why you're reading about her: Range doesn't apply to just her acting—she breezily pulls off a wide variety of aesthetics, from Zuhair Murad Couture to Rodarte, the thinking California girl's brand. 

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Tessa Thompson

In Rodarte at a pre-Oscars event

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Tessa Thompson

In Marc Jacobs at the European premiere of Creed

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Sasha Lane

You know her from: American Honey, that crazy-looking film with Shia Labeouf

Why you're reading about her: Has she got a Wang campaign yet? No? Then soon. The 21-year-old isn't afraid to lend a downtown cool to a sweet Valentino, nor pair a Black Lives Matter jersey with a Vuitton suit. Ballsy. 

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Sasha Lane

In The Row at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

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Sasha Lane

In Louis Vuitton and Mizizi at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards

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Riley Keough

You know her from: Mad Max, The Girlfriend Experience, and being Elvis' grandkid.

Why you're reading about her: Didn't you hear she's related to Elvis? JK, but her lineage does lend a certain kind of cachet, which might've helped her get the Chanel couture hookup. Cool is cool, though, which is how these fancy-schmancy designer pieces look on her, instead of stuffy. 

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Riley Keough

In Louis Vuitton at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards

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Riley Keough

In Chanel at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

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Sophie Turner

You know her from: Becoming cunning-er and cunning-er on Game of Thrones, duh. And, more recently, dating Joe Jonas.

Why you're reading about her: She's been making the rounds for a while now, but it's pretty evident she's just hit her stride in clean, figure-skimming lines. And it doesn't hurt that Nicolas Ghesquière has taken her under his wing.

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Sophie Turner

In Valentino at the 2016 Primetime Emmys

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Sophie Turner

In Louis Vuitton at the 2017 Golden Globes

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Millie Bobby Brown

You know her from: ELEVENNNNNNN. And being an internet darling. 

Why you're reading about her: So much style for one so young—and always so age-appropriate, like this tinsel-y Jenny Packham at the Golden Globes. We will not let the wood chipper that is young Hollywood destroy this one.

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Millie Bobby Brown

In custom Giorgio Armani at the 2017 SAG Awards

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Millie Bobby Brown

In Valentino at the 2016 Primetime Emmys

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Teresa Palmer

You know her from: Hacksaw Ridge! But maybe also that Nicholas Sparks movie, no shame.

Why you're reading about her: Girl gets ace stuff from Armani Privé (pictured) and Prada (pictured later). But we've seen enough ace stuff ruined by poor styling to appreciate how she also wears it simply and elegantly. 

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Teresa Palmer

In Prada at the 2017 Golden Globes

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Teresa Palmer

In Valentino at the 2017 SAG Awards

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Ruth Negga

You know her from: Loving, maybe as that scary flower lady on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and/or being a poised goddess this whole time on the awards-show circuit.

Why you're reading about her: Not everybody knows how to do understated but fashiony, which is exactly what she did with this intergalactic Louis Vuitton at this year's Golden Globes. 

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Ruth Negga

In custom Valentino at the 2017 Oscars

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Ruth Negga

In Oscar de la Renta at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscars Party

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Janelle Monae

You know her from: Singing, mostly, until she got a role in Hidden Figures and killed that too.

Why you're reading about her: Just as she's expanding her career, her style is evolving too—for her 2017 tour at least, she's replaced the suiting of public appearances past with big, bold gowns, always complemented by thoughtful and inventive hair and makeup. (Here, it's Elie Saab Couture.) This sort of creativity and effort and individuality is what we really appreciate. 

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Janelle Monae

In Alexandre Vauthier at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscars Party

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Janelle Monae

In Armani Privé at the 2017 Golden Globes

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