Bella Hadid Can Work the Most Minimalist Looks

Model of the year, indeed.

Though today marks the official start of New York Fashion Week, it was on London that some of the industry’s biggest celebrity avatars and their designer friends descended on Tuesday evening for GQ’s annual Men of the Year awards. Chris Pine, Ellie Goulding, Alessandro Michele (accompanied by a cadre of Gucci-clad ingénues), Amy Schumer (Woman of the Year, proving the event title is a bit of a misnomer), and, of course, model of the moment Bella Hadid all turned out for the occasion. Fashion month has only just started, and it’s already the younger Hadid’s year: She was the star of couture week, walking for Fendi, Versace, and Dior; she covered international editions of pretty much every magazine, from Elle UK to Glamour to Vogue Turkey; and now she’s been named GQ’s Model of the Year. (Again: an event that’s not just about the men. Far from it.) To claim her title, Hadid went understated and elegant in Hugo Boss — but, of course, there was a thigh-high slit.

Bella Hadid in Hugo Boss at the GQ Men of the Year awards in London, England, September 2016.

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Who: Bella Hadid.

When: Tuesday, September 6.

Where: The GQ Men of the Year awards at the Tate Modern in London, England.

What: A champagne-colored Hugo Boss gown by Jason Wu with a daring slit skirt and metallic tonal sandals, and a whole lot of wattage in rings and choker.

Why: One way to glam up a classic, elegant gown is to really go for it in the accessories department. A sleek center part, neutral makeup, and a light pink lip, combined with a champagne-colored gown, need a little extra shine — and Hadid’s got that in spades. On one hand, a jewel-encrusted multi-finger ring sparkles, while on the other, a few bands dot her fingers. Her gown’s off-the-shoulders silhouette is accentuated by a high-carat choker. (Every time we think the choker is dead, it rises again chicer than ever.) Here’s why Bella Hadid is model of the year, and not just in GQ title alone: She can work the hell out of even the most minimalist array of pieces.

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