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Best Dressed Of The Year 2009 – Critic’s Choice

1. Lucy Liu in Monique Lhuillier – Irene Diamond Award Gala
2. Anne Hathaway in Valentino – Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Induction
3. Kerry Washington in Zuhair Murad – “Coco Chanel” Cannes Premiere
4. Chiling Lin in Salvatore Ferragamo – 2009 China Huabiao Film Awards
5. Sharon Stone in Armani Prive – 2009 Rudolph Valentino International Cinema Awards
6. Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann – “Up” Cannes Premiere
7. Zoe Saldana in RM by Roland Mouret – “Avatar” London Premiere
8. Michelle Obama in Peter Soronen – National Governors Association Dinner
9. Diane Kruger in Marchesa – Annual New Yorkers For Children Spring Dinner Dance
10. Daphne Fernandez in Hannibal Laguna – 2009 TELVA Magazine Fashion Awards

Thanks for all your support this year.

We’ll be back January 4th.

Happy Holidays.

Love Catherine aka FC & Sophie xxx

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88 Responses to Best Dressed Of The Year 2009 – Critic’s Choice

  1. Jessica December 23, 2009 at 17:09 #

    Kerry<3333

    • Ally December 28, 2009 at 14:00 #

      i know. i totally cosign. I love her sooo much!

  2. Dora December 23, 2009 at 17:09 #

    Lucy Liu deserves to be BDOTY. I’m surprised you prefer Anne to Kerry. But this is yr choice.

    Happy Holidays!

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 17:16 #

      I adored Anne in this look and even considered her for No.1

  3. Maud December 23, 2009 at 17:19 #

    Happy holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
    Can’t wait to see what you gonna come up with in 2010. Love your blog!!!
    “Best Fashion Website Of The Year”……………..
    …………….RED CARPET FASHION AWARDS

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 17:37 #

      thanks Maud.

      I’m just glad you are sharing and enjoying my obsession.

      Happy Holidays x

  4. mm December 23, 2009 at 17:23 #

    Wow, That is my favorite look from Michelle Obama in Peter Soronen. I am glad Kerry Washington made your list, even though that wasnt my favorite look for her, I have loved her choices all year. Your pics were pretty different from the voters. I think William Cowper quote fits here “Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor” – Happy Holidays

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 17:37 #

      It was mine too even though I love the Jason Wu look the Soronen look blew me away

  5. http://www.thegoldencupcakes.blogspot.com/ December 23, 2009 at 17:30 #

    wowwww i love your end of the year polls!!!

    have a nice holidays!!! i’ll miss your uploads during christmas!!!!

    xoxo
    iona

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 17:36 #

      happy holidays x

  6. CreoleLady December 23, 2009 at 17:41 #

    Fabulous list, FC. But there was one choice that took me completely by surprise – Sharon Stone. Now that’s one name I did not expect on a RFCA BDOTY list, lol.-

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 17:45 #

      LOL. I understand, but she was outstanding in this gown.

  7. ella December 23, 2009 at 17:45 #

    wow…it IS really different and unexpected but my best picks would be Kerry, Mrs O and Zoe! ….stunning as always.Great post anyways.
    Happy Christmas and thanks to the RCFA team for the great work done.
    Be back next year for more!!! : D

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 18:23 #

      I did say mine was totally different.

      thanks. Glad you appreciate our work.

  8. ber December 23, 2009 at 17:47 #

    I completely forgot about that Kerry Washington look. She looks amazing! Thanks for the reminder!

  9. Bego December 23, 2009 at 17:54 #

    I’m surprised to see Daphne Fernandez in the list, but anyway, great great list FCritics!!
    enjoy your holidays, and all the best for 2010! I love your site, thanks for running it so wonderfully well!

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 18:22 #

      Thanks Bego.

      See you in 2010

  10. Ally December 23, 2009 at 17:55 #

    Yes! I’m so glad you included Daphne Fernandez. She looked beyond amazing. :) The other picks are great too, but I thought DAphne would be forgotten. Happy Holidays, FC and Sophie!

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 18:10 #

      How could I forget Daphne. She was amazing.

      Happy Holidays xx

  11. Morgane December 23, 2009 at 17:59 #

    happy holidays FC en Sophie!! Thanks for all the work you’ve put into this website and for making every day a bit more fashionable and fabulous for us.
    x

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 18:05 #

      Happy Holidays.

      Thanks for your kind words xxx

  12. nisha December 23, 2009 at 18:00 #

    enjoyed going through the award posts.its so exciting. happy holidays. can’t wait for next year. thanks FC for a great year of posting

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 18:04 #

      happy holidays Nisha

  13. Flutterbang December 23, 2009 at 18:06 #

    Now what am I going to look at all day when I’m online? :'(

    A great best dressed list, FC, and a great blog this year, too. All the best, and I look forward to seeing you blogging again next year ^_^

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 18:16 #

      thanks.

      First week back we have the People’s Choice Awards then Awards season kicks in, so lots of great looks to look forward to.

  14. Joana Oliveira December 23, 2009 at 18:26 #

    I would trade your number 8 for January Jones in Atelier Versace at the Emmy Awards!!!

    I’m sorry to say that I don’t think Michelle Obama is all that….!!
    Strapless?? With those shoulders?? BIG NO NO!!!
    She’s way to Buff for my taste!!
    I’m hoping that this Obama veneration Ends Soon!!!

  15. mol December 23, 2009 at 18:27 #

    Love the surprise of your list – especially the addition of Sharon! And I was so happy to see Daphne L. on the list, as she ranked high on my own personal list. Here’s to next year and thanks for a great 2009!

  16. nicole December 23, 2009 at 18:53 #

    love ure entire list!!!
    Happy holidays ladies.

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 19:23 #

      thanks Nicole Happy Holidays

  17. Erika December 23, 2009 at 19:09 #

    How sad is it, that the Great Cate is not on your list this year? She really had a quiet year, let’s hope for more of Mrs Blanchett for 2010! And I love your top 4, especially Kerry :) Merry Christmas and big thanks for making this wonderful blog!

  18. Rosie December 23, 2009 at 19:26 #

    I love Tilda Swinton – that look was made for her.

    Thanks so much RCFA team, you’ve been steadily part of my routine for the past year

    Merry Christmas and hope you both have a fabulous new year xxxx

  19. zoe December 23, 2009 at 19:42 #

    mmm, so your name is catherine. i think you might have told us before but i forgot. anyway, i love your list way better than the reader version. yes, none of the lists included michelle yeoh in green versace but i am happy you remembered anne hathaway’s fantastic valentino moment as well as michelle obama in glittering peter soronen. she looks great in soronen’s designs. diane kruger in marchesa was also amazing. all of these looks definitely deserve to be on this list.

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 19:45 #

      thanks Zoe xx Happy Holidays

  20. robbie December 23, 2009 at 19:42 #

    *faints* i would never have guessed sharon stone would have been included in your list. dont know how i can cope without my daily fashion fix.

    hope you have an amazing christmas and year FC and sophie.

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 19:45 #

      thanks Robbie.

      Wishing you an amazing Christmas full of Jimmy Choo shoes xxx

      • robbie December 24, 2009 at 01:39 #

        thank you :-)

        xoxoxoxoxox

  21. Regina December 23, 2009 at 19:47 #

    Fantastic list!
    Thank you for Tilda and Michelle-my fav looks of the year)
    Marry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!!
    ps i will die till january 4th(((i hate week ends because you dont post in week ends)))

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 19:52 #

      You are so sweet.

      We have so much coming up next year to look forward too.

  22. Anissa December 23, 2009 at 19:50 #

    Yes, yes, a thouand times yes!! Great choices (esp for 1 & 2)!

  23. lstp0136 December 23, 2009 at 20:12 #

    happy holidays to you both::
    I have followed ur site for one whole year~~ and i can only say this site has become my morning coffee…

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 20:14 #

      Happy holidays xxx

  24. Marvel December 23, 2009 at 20:23 #

    Merry Christmas and I enjoy what 2010 has in store for us….

  25. Laura December 23, 2009 at 20:24 #

    I’m so happy Tilda was on this list. I adored that look. I really wanted to see that Megan Fox purple Donna Karan dress one more time.

    One thing I noticed about the Readers list was a severe lack of bold colors. I’m happy you included Anne, Tilda, and Diane on your list. When done well, a bold color can really make a good look great.

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 20:32 #

      Thanks. I know my choices can be kooky, so I was expecting everyone to hate the list.

  26. SydneyCheapChic December 23, 2009 at 20:31 #

    Yay yay yay!! I so much prefer your list FC… i can agree with more i guess.. hhehee..

    I totally forgot about Anne in this outfit but i did love her in it! And i’m so glad Chiling Lin is here too.. she was my choice (well one of them.. hehe)

    Also agree with some comments like missing Cate the great but it has been a slow year for her.. and i also noticed that there is none from the big events like Globes or Academy awards.. was that on purpose???

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 20:35 #

      It wasn’t on purpose.

      Looking back I remember who disappointed I felt at those events.

      The only one who came close from the majors was Olivia Wilde in Reem Acra from the Golden Globes

      • SydneyCheapChic December 25, 2009 at 10:11 #

        OOh yeah I still think about that Reem Acra dress..so divine!

        Hopefully 2010 will be a better awards season.. especially if Carey Mulligan gets nominated for Best Actress… *sigh* i’ve never seen her in a full gown before.. can’t wait!

  27. SydneyCheapChic December 23, 2009 at 20:32 #

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New year FC and all the readers! It’s been a good fashion year :)

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 20:36 #

      and to you. Merry Christmas

  28. maria December 23, 2009 at 21:09 #

    you have a really really good fashion sense =)
    every women is outstanding in her gown.great great picks!
    happy holidays and merry christmas!
    i am really looking forward to your new critics^^
    love your site!!!

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 21:12 #

      Thanks sweetie.

      Happy Holidays x

  29. Samantha December 23, 2009 at 21:15 #

    I love that your list is so different to the Readers Choice. I had totally forgotten about how great Anne looked in that Valentino. Thanks so much for all the hard work put in to the site – I can’t belive I only started reading this blog a couple of months ago. Can’t wait for awards season and fashion week. Best wishes for 2010!

  30. Elisa December 23, 2009 at 22:18 #

    Thank you for having this amazing blog, it’s the only one I follow every single day.

    And I am so happy that you included Tilda Swinton in Ackermann – that look is fantastic!

    Have a very merry Christmas :)

  31. ana laura December 23, 2009 at 22:22 #

    3rd place – #6
    2nd- 7
    1ST! – 10!!!!!

  32. Sara December 23, 2009 at 22:52 #

    I absolutely love your picks! Thank you so much for your blog! I love it and have learned so much about the different designers. My favorite part about awards season is the fashion, so this is the perfect spot to go to get my “fashion fix”.
    Happy Holidays FC!

  33. Dana December 23, 2009 at 23:12 #

    Wow FC, great choices! With the exception of Daphne Fernandez, I agree wholeheartedly that these women deserve the list! My list may have been slightly different but this one is great. Diane is stunning.

    You are doing such great work, FC, and Sophie is a great addition. I check all day, every day for the best fashion fix on the web. Thank you for all your time and effort! Happy Holidays! xo

  34. mimi December 23, 2009 at 23:57 #

    I can’t believe Jennifer Connely in her green Balmain dress is not on both of the lists. I think her look is forgotten since she wore that dress in the very beginning of the year.
    I can’t wait for jan 4th. happy holidays everyone

  35. lucas December 24, 2009 at 00:16 #

    You guys at RCFA are amazing have happy holidays and a good new year!! I dont know were I will go for the daily fashion scoop untill January 4th :)

  36. jenny December 24, 2009 at 00:55 #

    hey just wondering if jennifer connelly in balmain had any votes?

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2009 at 08:18 #

      just 2.

      I had been keeping a list all year which she was on, but the look felt out dated by the time I put the list together.

  37. Alice December 24, 2009 at 01:50 #

    I will never understand why Lucy Liu is number one, but all the rest I agree with. Anne, Zoe, Diane, Chiling Lin had a fantastic year.
    Merry Christmas, FC! Your blog is the best and I will be patiently awaiting January 4.

  38. Stuti December 24, 2009 at 07:42 #

    I LOVE your list FC. Only, I’d put Anne on Number 1. That Valentino dress and the red coat had made me swoon back then, and it still does. Also, am so glad you put Tilda and Sharon on the BDOTY list, based only on the clothes, not the people.
    Happy Holidays! :)
    Much love.

  39. louanne December 24, 2009 at 08:02 #

    happy holidays! lucy liu looks fab! can’t wait till jan 4th!

  40. Laveena December 24, 2009 at 10:53 #

    I think we have come to a consensus, I would also choose Lucy Liu as No 1.

    Merry Christmas Catherine! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, Happy New Year

    with love from India :)

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2009 at 11:20 #

      Happy Holidays Laveena. :D

  41. Thomas Monks December 24, 2009 at 14:15 #

    merry chirstmas and happy new year love the picks seeing more of the ones i loved were added thanks for sharing your obsession with all of us i make the RCFA part of my daily routine have to check it al least 3-4 times a day gonna miss that until awards season but you have earned a vacation again Merry Christmas and Best of luck in the new year

    -XOXO-
    Thomas J. Monks

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2009 at 16:57 #

      I can’t wait for Awards season

      Happy Holidays Thomas x

  42. Thomas Monks December 24, 2009 at 14:17 #

    did Devon Aoki in the lime green cavalli recive any vvotes or Katy Perry in baisl soda

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2009 at 16:56 #

      Devon got a few but none for Katy Perry.

  43. JMC December 24, 2009 at 15:15 #

    Have a wonderful holiday and very happy new year!

    Thanks for all of your help this year!

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2009 at 16:56 #

      You’re very welcome.

      Happy Holidays.

  44. Dana December 24, 2009 at 23:27 #

    sometimes i don’t like commenting on this site and i haven’t for a while because i rarely get a response

  45. Lala/S-R December 25, 2009 at 08:12 #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and yours, FC!!

    To all RC-FA reader: the same.
    xo.

  46. worldofcarmela December 25, 2009 at 11:35 #

    I MISS YOU ALLREADY!!!! BUHUUU!

  47. Sue Jin December 25, 2009 at 13:14 #

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a Happy New Year!

    Thank you for all your hard work!
    I agree with your #1! I do prefer Kerry over Anne though

  48. Adrien December 25, 2009 at 13:19 #

    Hi everyone and merry christmas… Fc u ve just been the best this whole year!! U ve entertained us with a real critical eye and some fabulous pictures… I like your list better than the Reader’s one as it is less expected! I love Tilda s look, very strong and it really looks made for her! Chiling Lin was my #1 this year so i m glad u chose her in your top 10!
    Anyways, happy hollidays to everybody and again thank you very much FCs for such a great work
    With love xxx

    Adrien

  49. nina December 25, 2009 at 19:18 #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New year FC and Sophie!!

    Thank you for all your work through this year!

  50. Tiffany December 26, 2009 at 03:38 #

    Happy Holidays.

    Kerry Washington # 1 on my list

  51. Raquel December 27, 2009 at 17:25 #

    Hapy Holidays!!

    I love all these dresses, but my heart this years went to Drew Barrymore in the Andrew NG white maxidress with embeded colar. It’s my dream look.

  52. whitestroke December 27, 2009 at 19:11 #

    I like this list MUCH better. Most of your choices made me go WTF, but that’s exactly why I like it. Definitely not predictable. You just do your thing and don’t care what anyone else says. *thumbs up*

    Not that anyone cares or anything, but one of my fav looks this year was Diane Kruger wearing that green polka dotted Jason Wu dress 2 months ago. It was one of my fav dresses of the season and she wore it beautifully. Actually, I simply adored most of her looks this year. She’s definitely one of my favs on the red carpet.

    Happy holidays, FC! Can’t wait for the awards season. Wouldn’t be the same without you,

  53. Fashions-Flyest December 28, 2009 at 04:42 #

    Amazing!!! Amazing!!! year for fashion and RCFA, love it! keep it up!

    :D

  54. ahot December 28, 2009 at 18:25 #

    great choices FC! i wasn’t sure about Anne , but your taste is great as always. Hope you are having a good time in those holidays.

  55. suzzee December 29, 2009 at 09:49 #

    lucy liu? really? i can’t take this.

    • adrien December 29, 2009 at 10:35 #

      I agree, nice dress but not BDOTY material for me either…
      But some other choices are really good!

      • Fashion Critic December 29, 2009 at 10:38 #

        If you don’t like my choices fine.

        I could have done a list similar to the readers choice just to please everyone, but I decided to put up those which I liked. It does say Critic’s Choice after all.

  56. danielezka December 30, 2009 at 03:22 #

    FC! I’m bored :( I miss your posts!

  57. Natasa January 1, 2010 at 00:24 #

    Happy New Year remain the best blog in all internet!!!

  58. P. February 12, 2010 at 17:42 #

    Kerry <3

    Diane <3

    Looooooooooooooooooooooooooove!!

    Xo

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