Victoria Beckham named the World’s best dressed traveller in British Airways’ list

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Victoria Beckham (c) Alessio Botticelli/GC Images
Victoria Beckham (c) Alessio Botticelli/GC Images

Victoria Beckham has been named the world’s best dressed female celebrity traveller in British Airways’ Best Dressed Traveller List 2016 – #bestdressedtraveller.

The fashion designer beat stars including Amal Clooney and Angelina Jolie to the top spot, as compiled by the airline and Hollywood fashion stylist and Vanity Fair’s Contributing Editor – Elizabeth Saltzman.

Elizabeth, whose clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman and Saoirse Ronan, said:

“Victoria Beckham always gets it right when flying and it’s so impressive. Usually there is a menswear element to her travel wardrobe, it’s chic and sophisticated but still classic and comfortable.

“The women on this list are all powerful examples of the modern world. Their style is classic with a personal twist. This is about the power of women and being able to balance it all.”

British Airways Best Dressed Traveller List was created to celebrate the relationship between flying and fashion and honour today’s globe-trotting trendsetters, spanning the worlds of film, music and entertainment.   This is the first award to be announced, with the Best Dressed Male Traveller being unveiled in the coming months.

The judges reviewed hundreds of images of international celebrity jet setters taken at airports to compile the list, as follows:

British Airways Top 10 Best Dressed Female Celebrity Travellers are:

1. Victoria Beckham

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Victoria Beckham is seen at JFK on October 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 26: Victoria Beckham is seen at JFK on October 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

2. Amal Clooney

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Amal Clooney seen at LAX on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 25: Amal Clooney seen at LAX on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

3. Kendall Jenner

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Kendall Jenner is seen at Nice airport during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 19: Kendall Jenner is seen at Nice airport during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)

4. Angelina Jolie

5. Gwen Stefani

6. Charlize Theron

7. Taylor Swift

8. Marion Cotillard

9. Lupita Nyong’O

10. Heidi Klum

Abigail Comber, British Airways’ Head of Customer, said:

“We’ve always been associated with travelling in style – most recently with our elegant, new short-haul cabins and our new-look First cabin, created especially for the 787-9 aircraft.  We wanted to honour today’s style elite and those frequent flyers who embrace the enduring glamour and excitement of jumping on a plane.”

Elizabeth Saltzman started her career at Giorgio Armani in 1983 and is today a prominent figure in the world of fashion, considered one of the most influential industry insiders and trend spotters.

Here, she shares her exclusive insights on the world’s best dressed female celebrity travellers:

1. Victoria Beckham

 “Victoria Beckham absolutely wants an empire and as far as I can see she is well on her way to building one. Wife, mother of four with her own brand, UN goodwill ambassador and all with lovely etiquette, warmth and effortless style.”

2. Amal Clooney

“Amal Clooney has brains, beauty and style. Amal got thrown under the style microscope when her relationship with Mr Clooney started. She wears clothes beautifully.  Amal looks like she can go from the aeroplane to a meeting or into a page of Vogue and not look out of place. She is all business.”

3. Kendall Jenner

“Kendall Jenner embodies today’s youth. As a quintessential ‘It Girl’ and major model she is representing our fashion world beautifully. She has evolved from just jeans and a t-shirt to cool, sophisticated clothing. From her professional runway to the airport runway, she knows how to work it!”

4. Angelina Jolie

“Angelina Jolie (OBE), not only the mother of six, actress, filmmaker, humanitarian and wife. She is the epitome of classic style. If you had to pinpoint it, it could be that she has an ‘Audrey Hepburn-ish’ style. A classic flat, simple sweater or top and black trouser, usually with a handbag that probably holds all her travel needs”.

5. Gwen Stefani

“As a musician, mother, actress and fashion designer let’s just be honest – Gwen Stefani’s style is the definition of cool. What is so wonderful about Gwen is that she is continuously surprising us with her individuality. There is always a variation of a black trouser or a fun detailed jacket or top, but it is her little touches that make her a style star. The red lipstick, the platinum hair sometimes mixed with another colour, the leopard print belt, the fun phone case, the nail polish.  She owns her look and wears it well.”

6. Charlize Theron

“Oscar-winning actress and mother, Charlize Theron, is chic and understated. What is so wonderful about her personal travel style is she keeps it neutral and stylish.  In an airport you would take a triple take thinking, ‘Wow, she’s so beautiful’ without realising who she is at first. Her aesthetic is simple and effortless.”

7. Taylor Swift

“Mega pop star, Taylor Swift’s aeroplane looks don’t scream travel to most, however she pulls it off perfectly. Her never-ending legs and array of fabulous handbags paired with her flirty skirts and rockin’ heels are cute and fun. She represents her brand identity without a flaw.”

8. Marion Cotillard

“Ooh La La Marion Cotillard, is the most beautiful mother, actress, singer, songwriter and environmentalist – she’s the definition of French style. Marion’s effortless travel looks exude confidence and comfort. What is so terrific about Marion is nothing ever looks contrived, whether it be a leopard print cape with a blue and white striped sailor shirt, somehow she makes you want to run and buy it.”

9. Lupita Nyong’O

Lupita Nyong’O is always stylish.  One of the most wonderful things about Lupita’s personal style is that she’s not afraid to use colour.

This chic portrait collared coat is set off by the pink cowl neck accessory as well as the light coloured handbag added with a finishing touch of shades and fedora makes her super stylish for travelling”.

10. Heidi Klum

“Heidi Klum is one busy woman, mother of four, model, actress, TV host, designer and always looks upbeat with a natural glow. Heidi knows how to rock a great pair of jeans and always does so brilliantly. She oozes sex appeal and knows how to make heads turn – that’s what you would expect from this supermodel.”

To emulate your favourite jet-set star, Elizabeth Saltzman has put together her top tips for looking stylish when travelling, exclusively for British Airways:

  • Travel with clean, well-moisturised skin. I swear by Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (available to buy through British Airways’ High Life Shop) and Shiseido Eye Mask
  • I like to tie my hair up on a plane. I think it gets less static and less dirty that way, and if I twist it up into a bun I can let it out when I deplane – it’s like an instant blow-dry effect. If you have to go straight to a meeting use ‘Frederic Fekkai Dry Shampoo’ for a quick freshen
  • Everyone should travel with a scarf in their bag. Great for warmth on the plane, they can be used as a blanket for your children or hoodie or neck warmer. I also love them during my trip to change up an outfit, it can be a sarong or an evening shawl
  • Reset your watch and try to eat and sleep in sync with your new time zone as soon as you board. Immerse yourself in that film you’ve always wanted to see. British Airways has an exceptional catalogue of entertainment.
  • Bring a bag that isn’t too big to carry and that doesn’t unbalance your shoulders. The last thing you need is a crater-sized knot in your back!  Chose something simple and streamlined, like the Michael Kors Collection Large Leather Tote; or opt for a little whimsy with the Tory Burch Penn Applique Canvas Tote.
  • Clothing is only part of looking good at the airport but feeling healthy only makes you look better. I love vitamins and vitamin boosters, Berocca is a savior as is Bee Prepared.
  • Everyone seems to have a phone, iPad or laptop in their hand at some point while travelling. Accessorising your electronics shows off your personal style. My favourite way to accessorise is with the Anya Hindmarch permanent stickers, every designer seems to have a fun phone case at the moment.
  • A quick touch up before landing. Lips, bronzer and concealer are all you need. My personal favourites are the Tom Ford bronzer, Trish McEvoy concealer and Charlotte Tilbury’s Kissing Lipstick in pale pink. Make sure you have a small bottle of your favourite fragrance too.
  • Use your time wisely. Get some rest. Use the flight as a mini-vacation. You’re away from your emails, you have the luxury of not being bothered for a few solid hours so de-stress with a colouring book for adults!
April 27, 2016

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