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23.12.11 Best Of

Best Dressed Of The Year Critics’ Choice 2011

1. Zoe Saldana in Armani Privé – 2011 Cannes Film Festival “The Tree Of Life” Premiere
2. Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture – 2011 Oscars
3. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Naeem Khan – ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’ Berlin premiere
4. Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace – 2011 Golden Globes
5. Nicole Kidman In Jean Paul Gaultier Couture – 2011 Grammys
6. Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli -‘Friends With Benefits’ New York premiere
7. Freida Pinto in Antonio Berardi – ‘Immortals’ LA premiere
8. Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan – 2011 Emmy’s
9. Zhang Ziyi in Christian Dior – ‘Love for Life’ Rome Film Festival premiere
10. Amber Heard in Elie Saab – ‘The Rum Diary’ LA premiere

Thanks for all your comments, id’s and suggestions during the year.

2012 is going to be even more amazing, so please join me in January for some more red carpet action.

I hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Lots of love FC xxxx

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115 Responses to Best Dressed Of The Year Critics’ Choice 2011

  1. Jackie December 23, 2011 at 16:45 #

    Thanks for everything, FC. This was probably the hardest decision to make! Hope you have a great holiday! :) PS – I also love seeing your Favorites picks!

    • PamG December 23, 2011 at 23:26 #


  2. noo December 23, 2011 at 16:48 #

    FC you’re the best 😀 you keep up an amazing blog and you give our girl zoe credit where it’s due!
    i wish you a very merry christmas 😀 see you in 2012!

  3. Anabella December 23, 2011 at 16:49 #

    FC, great job! Happy New Year! when will you return?

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2011 at 17:02 #

      2 or 3rd

  4. Zineb December 23, 2011 at 16:50 #


  5. mm December 23, 2011 at 16:52 #

    Happy Holidays FC and everyone!!

  6. mm December 23, 2011 at 16:54 #

    Zoe looks good up there as #1. A lil sad Michelle Obama didnt make the top 10 on either list. There is always next year LOL

    • TeaAtTwo December 23, 2011 at 23:57 #

      +1 – Mrs O should have a special stateswoman accolade, if she were promo tour of a film it would have been flawless.

  7. mattison December 23, 2011 at 16:55 #

    Another year of excellent coverage- thanks for bringing some brightness and beauty to us everyday. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

  8. Hannah December 23, 2011 at 17:02 #

    I was surprised ot see Zoe as nubmer 1, I thought she’d be 2 or 3, but well deseved all the same, plus the candy cane colours are nice and festive, and since I am a christmas freak this year, I’m loving that!
    I’m so pleased that that Rosie look made it to your list, as I think it was a stellar mment and much preferred by me to the gucci, as wellas Emma stone and Amber heard, which were also very memorable!
    I cannot wait until January, the withdrawal symptoms will be unbearable!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :)

  9. Elle December 23, 2011 at 17:06 #

    Best 2011 Fashion Critic: You!!! Thanks so much and Happy Holiday 😉

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2011 at 17:09 #

      Thank u sweetie xxx

    • Kaz December 24, 2011 at 00:01 #

      LOL – that’s cute and I’ll second it! Have a happy, safe and well-deserved break FC. Can’t wait for you to resume in 2012! Xx

  10. Anna December 23, 2011 at 17:07 #

    Yay for Emma Stone!!!

    • Martin December 25, 2011 at 00:18 #

      Agree. What a flawless look. Nice to see something short and, shock horror!, separates acknowledged as one of the best red carpet looks of the year. Well deserved. She looked FABULOUS!

  11. Elena December 23, 2011 at 17:11 #

    I love that Amber Heard made your list!! Can’t wait for next year. Happy Holidays, FC and fellow readers :)

    • Alexandra December 24, 2011 at 02:44 #

      i love it to. amber was immaculate in that dress!

  12. yumey December 23, 2011 at 17:12 #

    Enjoy your holidays and have a great new year!
    your lists sums up all the wonderful red carpet moments of 2011, great work, your truly the best!
    see you in 2012.

  13. Suz December 23, 2011 at 17:13 #

    I’ve really enjoyed reading all these “Best of”s” the past couple of days, just as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed visiting this site all year long. You do a wonderful job, FC! Happy holidays, and looking forward to all the fashion in 2012!

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2011 at 17:29 #

      It was my pleasure.

      Happy Holidays x

  14. LizLemooooon December 23, 2011 at 17:15 #

    Pretty perfect selections! So glad you included Amber on here. The only choices I’m iffy about are Cate and Nicole and I’d have put Amber second to Zoe but otherwise I love this list.
    Happy holidays FC! x

  15. Thomas Monks December 23, 2011 at 17:19 #

    we share 4 looks on our best dressed lists and happy holidays FC

  16. Charlotte December 23, 2011 at 17:21 #

    I’m pleasantly surprised to see Zoe at number 1! i thought she could be out of the running due to her white shoes but i guess everything else totally overshadowed that tiny flaw! I love this list! Hope you have a lovely christmas and happy new year, FC! x

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2011 at 07:13 #

      they are actually light pink shoes :)

  17. marie December 23, 2011 at 17:21 #

    Zoe FTW!!! thanks FC!!!

  18. DanDan December 23, 2011 at 17:25 #

    I love your choices there soo much better than the public votes.

  19. Nat December 23, 2011 at 17:26 #

    So glad you included Rosie in Naeem Khan and Emma Stone in Valli, as they were two of my favourites, too!

    Thanks for the great coverage of 2011 fashion, FC.

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

  20. Nat39 December 23, 2011 at 17:26 #

    Zoe looks like a great choice to me but personally I’d gladly erase the 3rd row – 4,5,6 which are good enough for BDOTW at most (in my opinion only, of course)

    • Nat39 December 23, 2011 at 17:31 #

      almost forgot I’m a bit surprised no Fan BB on your list :)

    • asherlev1 December 23, 2011 at 20:09 #

      hee lol that’s the row I would most erase too.

  21. lee December 23, 2011 at 17:48 #

    happy holidays, thanks for the excellence that is this blog :-)

  22. Mol December 23, 2011 at 17:55 #

    I can see from your choices that the focus is all on the dress, very little accessories, so it’s a very pure and beautiful list – you always surprise me, which I love. Merry Xmas FC

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2011 at 18:03 #

      I just took a second look and realize how subconscious that was. How interesting.

      • TeaAtTwo December 28, 2011 at 01:56 #

        I think you can get that too from reading your entries underneath looks throughout the year. 😉

  23. Tanize December 23, 2011 at 17:55 #

    Loooooved it!! Zoe was my only one, when I thought we could only pick one. She looks absolutly breathtaking!!

  24. anne December 23, 2011 at 18:17 #

    And as usual best blog of 2011: RCFA. Seriously, i don’t know how i spent my time online 3 years ago before discovering your blog cause now i can’t go a day without it (and of course i come here multiple times a day :) ). I really feel like you’ve grown a lot and each year it gets better, but you always stay true to your style ( no unnecessary remarks, just fashion).
    So with that being said i truly wish you the best, happy holidays and i believe you when you say 2012 it’s going to be amazing :D! Merry Christmas :*!

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2011 at 18:18 #

      thanks for your support. It’s great to know I have a great community of readers who are as obsessed with fashion as I am.

      Merry Christmas x

    • Linda December 26, 2011 at 14:09 #

      I know, it’s sort of like, what did we do before we had microwaves? ha ha

  25. Madi December 23, 2011 at 18:24 #

    I was surprised that Emma Stone’s Giambattista Valli dress didn’t make readers’ choice, so I’m glad it made your list!

  26. Vee December 23, 2011 at 18:28 #

    You love a red statement looking at your choices. It’s a powerful color and when someone pulls it off, they look beyond amazing

  27. molly December 23, 2011 at 18:28 #

    Merry Christmas and thanks for all the amazing blogging!

  28. Manel December 23, 2011 at 18:32 #

    Happy Holiday

  29. Paul McLauchlan December 23, 2011 at 18:39 #

    No offence FC I really disagree with all your choices except for Rosie, Angie, Amber and Nina. The rest I really don’t like…

  30. Cashawna December 23, 2011 at 18:55 #

    love u FC found your site 2 years ago and i cant wait for more i redcarpet coverage happy new year

  31. Raquel December 23, 2011 at 19:04 #

    Wonderful list, FC. Have your self a very nice Christmas and a great 2012.

    Loads of greats dresses your way next year, as well as all the fab things in life.

    Thank you for Red Carpet Fashion Awards and your great work.


  32. EmmaWoodhouse December 23, 2011 at 19:11 #

    I thought for sure that Cate’s Givenchy would be on top and that Fan Bing Bing would make the list, but this is great FC! Rosie and Zhang were definitely in my top 20, and Angie, Cate, and Freida were great too. Have a great Christmas/New Years–I can’t wait for 2012!
    xxx :)

  33. Zarine Mohideen December 23, 2011 at 19:29 #

    FC, you are amazing! There isn’t a day when I don’t check your site! You are doing such a good job and I’m so happy that you are getting the recognition you deserve. Thank you for a fabulous year!

    Happy holidays! :)

  34. Shaina December 23, 2011 at 19:57 #

    Zoe is also my number one. The gown, her hair, her beauty. Just perfection!

    Thank you for another year of coverage, FC. I look forward to the new year!

  35. nina December 23, 2011 at 20:02 #

    Thanks for the great coverage of 2011 fashion, really enjoyed reading your blog.
    Merry Christmas and all the best in New Year!

  36. asherlev1 December 23, 2011 at 20:07 #

    Our top two were the same 😀

    Unfortunately, I still feel no love for the Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman dresses.

  37. Arabic Fashion December 23, 2011 at 20:20 #

    You’re such an amazing person , You’ve done a great work ..
    Thank you and Happy New Year 😀

  38. firien December 23, 2011 at 20:46 #

    I discovered the blog this September. I was looking for a fun, readable, well-constructed fashion blog with good taste and honest enthusiasm in focus rather than allures, commercials and selfish boasting.
    Thank you for making so many joyful moments in my life since then, amd improving my knowledge and taste in fashion!
    Firien, Hungary

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2011 at 22:34 #

      I’m glad to hear you are enjoying the site.

      Happy holidays xxxx

  39. Elisa December 23, 2011 at 20:56 #

    Thanks for my favorite blog in the whole world of the Internet!
    Btw, can’t believe your 1st choice is wearing white shoes 😉

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2011 at 07:13 #

      they are actually light pink shoes

  40. sydneycheekychic December 23, 2011 at 21:44 #

    Is she number one because you’re in a festive mood?? She looks like a Christmas present. :)

  41. Tania December 23, 2011 at 21:58 #

    I agree with you that Zoe is BFOTY!
    Thank you so much for all your hard work, this blog gives me so much pleasure. Merry Christmas and a
    Prosperous New Year FC x

  42. Hermione Weasley December 23, 2011 at 21:59 #

    Happy Holidays! 😀

  43. 00o00 December 23, 2011 at 23:12 #

    very shocked, fan bingbing and dita von teese weren’t included!!

    have a great christmas and new year!

  44. Davo December 23, 2011 at 23:36 #

    check out the link FC!


    Congratulations! Happy Holidays!

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2011 at 00:08 #

      That is so MAJOR thank you x

      Happy holidays xxx

      • Davo December 24, 2011 at 00:51 #

        Always happy to bring good news – it’s well deserved!
        Happy holidays :) x

        • Linda December 26, 2011 at 14:14 #

          Wow, that’s so cool for FC and so nice of you to point it out to her and the rest of us…love your Christmas spirit.

  45. MJ December 23, 2011 at 23:57 #

    I’m so curious as to why Fan Bing Bing isn’t here. Couldn’t narrow it down to just one?

    • Chloe December 24, 2011 at 09:18 #

      She simply isn’t good enough. Unlike Zoe, Rosie, Amber, Diane, they all have a great number of great looks yet still managed to make one place out of top 10. And frankly, Fan is so overrated.

    • noo December 25, 2011 at 22:01 #

      i can’t say for FC, but i think fan didn’t have one stand out look this year, it was rather a collective body of great looks! its safe to say that some people on both lists (ahem, nicole kidman, ahem) didn’t deliver at all on the red carpet except this one time that blew us away, fan just didn’t blow us away this year 😀

  46. AuntieChrist December 23, 2011 at 23:59 #

    Thank you for the great blog. Have a great holiday!

    I am loving the best of’s..

  47. Rora December 24, 2011 at 00:19 #

    Fantastic list! Wouldn’t change a single mention, honestly. Though, Kidman wore that dress to the Grammy Awards, no?

    Happy Holidays!

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2011 at 07:15 #

      yes you’re right

  48. Hisadora December 24, 2011 at 00:59 #

    I’m glad you included Rosie in your list.. she looks really gorgeous.

  49. Katie December 24, 2011 at 01:35 #

    I really love Zoe and usually love her fashion choices, but this #1 look still kinda reminds me of a beach towel wrapped around her.
    Absolutely adore looks #3,5, 8, 9, & 10!

  50. TeaAtTwo December 24, 2011 at 02:08 #

    I had so much fun looking over the past year’s looks to make a top 10. It was tough though. Looking forward to RCFA 2012. :)

  51. Tahj December 24, 2011 at 02:17 #

    I don’t like 4 through 8, but the top 3 and the bottom 2 are fantastic. That armani prive is so stunning, even if it looks like a candy cane. Amber Heard’s red bombshell look forever erased Scarlett Johansson’s red carpet bombshell status. I also love that Cate Blanchett dress more and more everytime I look at it.

  52. Quinn December 24, 2011 at 03:01 #

    so happy to see Zoe as your number 1 FC!! she’s my number 1 too!! 😀 and i sort of knew Emma in Giambattista Valli will be the only non-gown that make your list as u were kindda obsessed with that look 😉

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You. Thanks so much for your hard work this year. you are amazing!

    lots of love from Kuala Lumpur! xx

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2011 at 07:14 #

      kindda obsessed? Majorly obessed 😀

  53. Rosalie December 24, 2011 at 03:55 #

    Amber Heard was a pleasant choise
    Surprised Angelina was in both lists as she was equal third on the globes poll and she wasnt your best dressed on the day either

  54. DSI December 24, 2011 at 08:43 #

    FC, brilliant unbiased selection of fashionistas for the year’s best! Love each one of them…esp Zoe,Emma,Angie,Frieda,Rosie,Amber :)
    Have a joyous Christmas. I am sure the new year will only bring you more glory!

  55. Ayesha December 24, 2011 at 09:42 #

    Apart from Freida,i love all the looks,glad that Zoe made to to no 1!!

  56. Mariana December 24, 2011 at 10:24 #

    FC, Zoe was my number one of the too.. She looks absolutely stunning and the dress is beyond amazing. Loved Cate and Angelina .
    Can’t wait for January…..

    Lots of love from Brazil

    • Mariana December 24, 2011 at 10:25 #

      Sorry…… Zoe was my number one too.

  57. Estranged December 24, 2011 at 11:08 #

    I’m surprised to see Rosie in Naaem Khan here considering that she wasn’t even your BDOTW. She looks amazing, though. If think this years’ list is even better than in 2010!

  58. chee December 24, 2011 at 11:22 #

    OMG…Cate Blanchett should be no.1!!!
    However I also love to see Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone and Freida Pinto on the list.

  59. Amy December 24, 2011 at 11:53 #

    Thanks for a great year FC xx even if I think Zoe looks like a candy cane….

  60. Jones19 December 24, 2011 at 11:54 #

    I’m so glad to see Rosie up there on your list but a little surprised that Diane Kruger didn’t make it, great list though! Merry Christmas and thanks for all your hard work this year FC, can’t wait to see what the fashion gods bring us in 2012. xoxo

  61. Jess2 December 24, 2011 at 12:48 #

    I was so excited to see your picks, love your choices!! Thanks agian for your hard work Catherine!! Can’t wait for Janurary. Merry Christmas xo

  62. Alina December 24, 2011 at 13:01 #

    Thank you FC for all your hard work this year. I also want to thank all your assistants. This has been an incredible year.

    Merry Christmas! Hope Santa gets your present right ( maybe an Elie Saab dress ? ) .

    I wish you an 2012 as good as 2011, if not better.

  63. Emilio December 24, 2011 at 13:31 #

    zoe saldana’s armani prive is also my favorite look of the year!!!!

  64. Lucía December 24, 2011 at 13:35 #

    But your first choice….she’s wearing white shoes! hahaha Merry CHristmas, FC, thank you for all your work this year.

    • Lucía December 24, 2011 at 13:36 #

      okayy so someone said that before me, they’re not white, they look like they are in the picture haha

    • Jones19 December 26, 2011 at 15:26 #

      They’re a light pink.

  65. Miguel December 24, 2011 at 15:30 #

    I’m from Colombia and I found this blog last august and I fell in love with it, it’s the best i’ve ever known…( i don’t leave my house wihtout looking at it :) i think I’m addited to it )
    Thanks for your great posts and I hope to read them next year :)
    Take care FC and Happy Holidays

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2011 at 19:48 #

      Thanks Miguel xxx

      Happy holidays

  66. Vicky December 24, 2011 at 20:23 #

    Great list, but I have to disagree with Freida. I just absolutely hate that dress and it makes her look bigger when she’s actually a stick! Anyways, I look forward to the new year and thanks for all the great posts. This is one of my favorite websites!

  67. Jazz December 24, 2011 at 21:29 #

    I wouldntve put Cate Blanchett on the list, i couldnt stand the yellow on her gown! I also disagreed with the Amber Heard look. I had hoped for Michelle Obama and Fan Bing Bing- they’re always immaculately dressed!

  68. Jazz December 24, 2011 at 21:30 #

    i wouldnt have put frieda pinto either!!

  69. glenn December 25, 2011 at 00:48 #

    I do not understand the dress ofCate Blanchett , looks like frogs put their eggs in it, horrible.

    Angelina in that green dress WOW!

  70. Zee December 25, 2011 at 19:26 #

    It’s ironic how the white shoes made it at the top in your list FC :)

    • Binkie December 25, 2011 at 22:03 #

      The shoes are light pink. I have stated this in a previous comment and in the original post.

      Thank you.

      I hope this clear this up

      • Zee December 26, 2011 at 09:15 #

        thanks. I wasn’t able go over all the comments from my cellphone- and also revisit the original post .

        It would still be ok for me if the white shoes instead as Zoe looks stunning no matter what.

        Happy holidays :)

    • ladyoflettuce December 26, 2011 at 04:29 #

      Even if they are light pink, they look white! Light pink shoes are for the ballet.

  71. Ju December 25, 2011 at 22:28 #

    Happy Holidays FC!
    Congrats for the wonderful job you did this year!!!
    And bring it on 2012 =)

    xoxo from Brazil!

  72. Isa December 26, 2011 at 14:48 #

    Ohhh You protect Zoe “Crossroads” Saldana so much!! And I hate her… Otherwise, love you and everything you ***write!!! I learnt a lot here, I swear! Thanks!! =******

  73. Elaine2 December 26, 2011 at 20:41 #

    thank you for not putting the Duchess of Cambridge on this list.

  74. Levi December 27, 2011 at 13:49 #

    Fan Bingbing is not even in top 10? ……

  75. marie December 27, 2011 at 18:48 #

    so what’s wrong with ZOe starring in Crossroads? if you’re holding past movie choices agains stars, can we start with George “Return of the Killer Tomatoes” Clooney?

  76. What Is The New Black December 28, 2011 at 00:57 #

    Yes, I think I agree more with your list.. except Amber Heard in Elie Saab, I never really understood what the fuss was about with that dress! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you too!

  77. Xiomalys Crespo December 28, 2011 at 19:48 #

    2010 was made of FAB on the red carpet, but 2011 was the year of street-style fashion (Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with that Chloé bag, and Jennifer Lopez in The Row & Milly?They all rocked their street outings!) ; none of the looks that made the list is truly a showstopper.

    However, Fashion Critic, you are! Thank you so much for your wonderful coverage this year and during the past two I have been religiously following this site. My holidays have been terrible, even more so with your absence. Cocoperez sucks so bad.

    Cheers to a new year!

  78. argentina December 29, 2011 at 20:13 #

    I still dont get why Amber and Freida are here but eventhough thank you for this great year! Reading your blog is a pleassure! Happy New Year

  79. Sue Jin January 1, 2012 at 02:19 #

    Thank you for all your hard work and dedication! I love your site!
    Hope you have a wonderful Holidays and HAve a Happy New Year!

  80. Teleholic January 1, 2012 at 02:35 #

    Miss you, FC :)

    • Fashion Critic January 1, 2012 at 09:53 #

      back soon :)

  81. Misha January 2, 2012 at 08:59 #

    Oh my god. Your blog is genius. I’m applying to parsons this year, and I’m really interested in fashion. This site is like a pot of gold for people like me. Can’t wait to hear more from you.
    Btw, I think all your choices for best dressed of the year are fabulous.

  82. NIcho January 13, 2012 at 02:42 #

    except Amber Heard in Elie Saab, I never really understood what the fuss was about with that dress! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you too!

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