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Vote Now For Your Best Dressed Of The Year 2012

It’s the moment you have all been waiting for; the Best Dressed Of The Year poll.

If you are anything like me, you have been excited about this since January 2, 2012.

Looking back over the 20 Best Dressed of the Week pages and 16 Best Dressed event pages, I have discovered so many looks I had totally forgotten about, so it is back to the drawing board for me.

The poll will close on Sunday evening, so VOTE NOW.

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to vote for your Best Of 2012.

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146 Responses to Vote Now For Your Best Dressed Of The Year 2012

  1. EmmaWoodhouse December 20, 2012 at 15:09 #

    OK, FC. I’m dead. DEAD DEAD DEAD. There is too much awesomeness!
    How can I pick ONE? ONE?

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 15:18 #

      Try narrowing down to 10. You can vote for as many as you like

      • EmmaWoodhouse December 20, 2012 at 15:26 #

        Oh, OK! :) Amazing:D

      • Beta December 20, 2012 at 16:22 #

        ohh brilliant!!

      • Rashmi December 20, 2012 at 16:42 #

        Thats awesome !!! Am starting now :D

        • Rashmi December 20, 2012 at 19:27 #

          Oh, I just remembered, it was the Best dressed of the Year post that got me find this wonderful site and from that day 2 years back, am hooked! :)

          • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 19:47 #

            I’m always interested to hear how people found my site…thank you.

      • Rita December 21, 2012 at 17:18 #

        Umm why didn’t I realize I can vote as many times as I like.. I’ve been voting BDOTY well a few years now… :D

  2. Leela December 20, 2012 at 15:11 #

    I love looking back at these, but I must say last years one was soooo much easier thanks to Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s premiere outfits.

    • Leela December 20, 2012 at 15:41 #

      Okay I went through all of them and opened my favs in a separate tab and just voted for all the ones I like.

      Ended up with;
      Elizabeth Banks in Bill Blass
      Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab
      Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham
      Kate Hudson in Jenny Packham
      Reese Witherspoon in Atelier Versace

  3. Christine December 20, 2012 at 15:29 #

    This is too HARD FC!!!!! I have no idea where to begin.

    SO many choices. How can you pick just one LOL.

    Diane Kruger cannes galore, Elizabeth Banks Style Queen, Asian Red Carpets, so hard to narrow down.

    Will need a moment to think about this one.

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 15:50 #

      Thankfully it’s a top 10, but even that is hard

      • Christine December 21, 2012 at 21:15 #

        Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe- 2012 Met Gala is my number 1. She shut that place down the ground LOL :D I even praised Jesus.

        Still thinking about the remaining 9.

      • Christine December 21, 2012 at 23:00 #

        Ok, Ok here it goes! Omg, this was hard FC!!! My top 10 with my number 1 best dressed. I narrow it down from 50 to 10!!! So many beautiful looks from 2012, I cannot wait for 2013! Bring it :D

        Ok here it goes:

        1.Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe -Met Gala
        2.Karolina Kurkova in Roberto Cavalli-Bergdorf Goodman’s 111th Anniversary Celebration
        3.Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford-The 2012 Oscars
        4.Elizabeth Banks in Bill Blass-‘The Hunger Games’ London Premiere
        5.Kate Hudson in Prabal Gurung-amfAR 3rd Annual Inspiration Gala
        6.Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung-‘The Hunger Games’ LA Premiere
        7.Bianca Balti in Fendi-Scenes From A Fashion Fairy Tale’ Exhibition
        8.Nicole Kidman In Lanvin-‘The Paperboy’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
        9.Diane Kruger In Vivienne Westwood – ‘Amour’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
        10.Rihanna In Tom Ford – 2012 Met Gala

  4. Henrique December 20, 2012 at 15:30 #

    I worked on my top 10 yesterday:
    1. Nicole Kidman in Versace at 2012 Golden Globes Awards
    2. Kristen Stewart in Balenciaga at ‘On The Road’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
    3. Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ Venice Film Festival Premiere
    4. Elle Fanning in Rochas at ‘Ginger and Rosa’ London Film Festival Premiere
    5. Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci Première at 2012 Golden Globes Awards
    6. Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhuillier at ‘Project Runway’ Taping
    7. Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann at 2012 Golden Globes Awards
    8. Kristen Wiig in Balenciaga at 2012 Emmy Awards
    9. Salma Hayek in Gucci at 2012 Golden Globes Awards
    10. Diane Kruger in Prada at 2012 Met Gala

    • noo December 20, 2012 at 21:44 #

      Even though we have different tastes you share my appreciation for tilda swinton’s globes look, which i will remember as one of the best looks to ever hit the globes red carpet!

  5. Moxie December 20, 2012 at 15:31 #

    I have a spreadsheet of my top 25 that has been sorted and resorted, because I keep changing my mind!

    • Moxie December 20, 2012 at 16:04 #

      So hard to choose!

      1 – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – Jenny Packham – ‘Our Greatest Team Rises – BOA Olympic Concert’
      2 – Kate Hudson – Prabal Gurung – amfAR 3rd Annual Inspiration Gala
      3 – Fan Bingbing – Elie Saab – 2012 Trophée Chopard Party
      4 – Jessica Chastain – Alexander McQueen – 2012 Oscars
      5 – Gwyneth Paltrow – Tom Ford – 2012 Oscars
      6 – Keira Knightly – Erdem – LA Premiere of Anna Karenina
      7 – Diane Kruger – Vivienne Westwood – ‘Amour’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
      8 – Diane Kruger – Giambattista Valli Couture – ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere & Opening Ceremony

      • rebyy December 20, 2012 at 16:28 #

        you have my tastes

        • Moxie December 20, 2012 at 16:42 #

          Always nice to find a kindred spirit.

      • Moxie December 20, 2012 at 16:46 #

        Also Naomi Watts in Zac Posen at The Impossible LA premiere. Didn’t win BDOTW, but I loved it.

        A couple of Nieves Alvarez’ outfits (one Versace and one Editions by Georges Chakra) round out my list.

        Honorable mentions to: Octavia Spencer’s Tadashi Shoji gown at the Oscars, Zhang Ziyi in Marc Bouwer at the NY Chinese Film Festival and Summer Glau in Erin Fetherstone at the Celebration of Dance gala.

        I like classics with an original twist.

      • EmmaWoodhouse December 20, 2012 at 23:26 #

        LOL we have a lot of the same favorites! Good list! :) I’m really tempted to make it a top 15 because my top ten is just not enough!
        1) Catherine Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham
        2) Fan Bing Bing Caped Elie Saab at Cannes
        3)Penelope Cruz Giorgio Armani 2012 Oscars
        4) Jessica Chastain Alexander McQueen 2012 Oscars
        5) Diane Cruz Vivienne Westwood Cannes
        6)Angelababy Elie Saab Hong Kong Film Awards
        7)Zhang Ziyi Marc Bouwer
        8)Keira Knightley Elie Saab Anna Karenina Premiere
        9)Taylor Swift Zuhair Murad Grammy Awards
        10)Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg Elie Saab Royal Wedding
        11)Carey Mulligan Prada Met Gala
        12)Emma Stone Giambattista Valli Oscars
        13)Leslie Mann Naeem Khan White House Correspondents Dinner
        14)Elizabeth Banks Elie Saab Hunger Games London Premiere
        15)Cate Blanchett Rodarte Dubai Film Festival

        • Moxie December 27, 2012 at 18:02 #

          Quite a few of those are on my extended list as well.

  6. Yeliz December 20, 2012 at 15:32 #

    Picking up best dressed of the year is the hardest job to do, it’s even harder than this assignment I’m writing right now. I don’t even think I can narrow it down to 10. Last year I narrowed it down to 15.
    I think I’ll post my list tomorrow for good, there is no way I can finish it today.

    And although this is the hardest job to do, it’s also the most fun thing to do. I just love love love this time!

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 15:50 #

      I have about 24….getting to 10 will be very difficult, but I have 3 that are non-negotiable leaving me with just 7 to confirm.

      • noo December 20, 2012 at 21:50 #

        if you want to post your top 24 we wont be complaining :D in fact we will welcome it!

        • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 22:18 #

          lol..it would be a long post :D

          • T from Sydney December 21, 2012 at 01:38 #

            I don’t mind. I would love to see it!!!

        • Yeliz December 21, 2012 at 00:22 #

          That is an amazing idea, think about posting it FC, I’m sure we would all be happy to see your Top 24. :)

  7. Abigail December 20, 2012 at 15:32 #

    This was so hard! My top five were Kate Hudson in the nude Atelier Versace from the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Emmy Rossum in that incredible hot pink Monique Lhuillier from the Project Runway taping, Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad Couture at the Savages LA premiere, Diane Kruger in the gold Vivienne Westwood at the Cannes Film Festival and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the teal Jenny Packham.

    But, ultimately, Celine Dion in the taupe, off the shoulder J Mendel at the Bambi Awards swept everyone out of the running. It was simply the most incredibly elegant and unusual dress I’ve seen this year.

    And thank you so much for all you do for this blog! Every morning I start my work day with a cup of tea and your site. A little bit of fashion is the best way to start your day off right :)

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 15:48 #

      A little bit of fashion is the best way to start your day off right – totes…I wouldn’t have it any other way ;)

  8. shifa December 20, 2012 at 15:49 #

    Oh dear FC! I’m drowning right now, last year was MUCH easier. Thank you for doing this, I’m sure it’ll take me hours to decide my favorites.

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 15:51 #

      Feeling your pain :D

      • Shifa December 20, 2012 at 22:38 #

        Honestly whatever fashion crack celebrities are smoking this year is making me tear my hair out and pace back and forth

        • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 22:42 #

          lol… :D

  9. Jess December 20, 2012 at 15:57 #

    Thanks for all the hard work you do FC! It is so hard to narrow it down, I am down to fifteen. I forgot how many great looks there was this year! I am so excited to see the results!

  10. yana December 20, 2012 at 15:57 #

    I guess I’ve voted about 15 times already, and there are still some great looks I want to vote for… Amazing year!
    Thanks FC for all the enjoyment!

  11. Ioana December 20, 2012 at 16:13 #

    For me it was kinda easy. I already had my BDOTY (no. 1), but then I looked back in the BDOTW polls and major events of the year and decided for the rest of “My BDOTY Awards” :) : http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a62/sanslogique/My-BDOTY-Awards_zps2cc86a00.jpg

    1. Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli Couture – Opening Ceremony at Cannes Film Festival -I KNEW IT from the moment I saw her. major fashion historical moment.
    2. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham – ‘Our Greatest Team Rises – BOA Olympic Concert’
    3. Yao Chen in Georges Hobeika Couture – ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ World Premiere – unforgettable princess moment. I’m all into princess gowns.
    4. Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham – Titanic 3D World premiere
    5. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford – 2012 Oscars – veery hard to forget
    6. Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Couture – 2012 Oscars
    7. Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture – 2012 Golden Globes Awards
    8. Florence Welch in Gucci – LACMA 2012 Art + Film Gala
    9. Keira Knightley in Erdem – ‘Anna Karenina’ LA premiere
    10. Angelababy in Barney Cheng – 2nd Beijing Film Festival

    I’m so sad that some of my favourites from the last years red carpets, such as Olivia Wilde, Marion Cotillard, Zhang Ziyi or Cate Blanchett (!) didn’t offer me something “WOW” this year, something unforgettable. too bad.

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 16:27 #

      Agreed, Marion didn’t deliver

      Cute line up btw

    • Moxie December 20, 2012 at 16:49 #

      Love your list. Several of those are on my full list of my 25 faves.

      I did have two Zhang Ziyi looks on my full list: in Marc Bouwer Couture – New York Chinese Film Festival and in Marc Bouwer – ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ Toronto Film Festival Premiere.

      • noo December 20, 2012 at 21:53 #

        I have the blue marc bouwer in my top 12, it was simply divine :D

    • Ana December 21, 2012 at 08:16 #

      Ioana, your top ten is almost identical as mine, ;-)

    • Jess2 December 21, 2012 at 15:23 #

      Great list Loana!

  12. rebyy December 20, 2012 at 16:23 #

    w nina dobrev met gala 2012!!!

  13. smruthi December 20, 2012 at 16:45 #

    No Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung ?? I thought we all loved her.

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 17:39 #

      You need to cast your vote. The pictures are just window dressing. That isn’t the final list

      • smruthi December 20, 2012 at 19:58 #

        My mistake FC. May be I was too excited that I didnt bother to read all of what you were trying to convey. :D.

  14. Tracey December 20, 2012 at 16:57 #

    My two favs, Zoe Saldana and Diane Kruger were beat out by that incredible Zuhair murad couture dress on blake lively.

  15. Rodrigo December 20, 2012 at 17:00 #

    I was the only naive that voted for Rihanna in Vivienne Westwood at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!!! :( but she totally sold me the look!!!

    It’s great to re-see all the best looks, and remember the excitement (and let- downs) that we had through the year.

  16. vicky December 20, 2012 at 17:18 #

    Umph, so hard to choose! :-)
    It’s been an amazing year, especially thanks to Cannes FF (Diane Kruger!!)

  17. livy December 20, 2012 at 17:28 #

    Jennifer Lawrence in SPETACULAR Prabal Gurung n Hunger Games premiere… and Diane Kruger n Giambattista Valli Couture

  18. zineb December 20, 2012 at 17:56 #

    Ended up voting for The Duchess in Jenny Packham

  19. Anne gaelle December 20, 2012 at 18:05 #

    My list is ready since October with some adjustments.
    My 18 best dressed of the year (not in order):
    – Emma Stone in Lanvin at Golden Globes
    – Clara Toledo in Zurair Murad at Goya 2012
    – Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab at the Premiere of “Hunger Games”
    – Blake Lively in Murad Zurair at the Premiere of “Savages”
    – Diane Kruger in G. Valli at Cannes
    – Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe at the Met
    – Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurug at the Premiere of “Hunger Games”
    – Amber Head in Donna Karan at the 2012 Art of Elysium
    – Diane Kruger in Vivianne Westwood at Cannes
    – Paz de la Vega in Stephane Rolland at Cannes
    – Kate Winslet in Jenny Packman the Premiere of “Titanic 3-D ‘
    – Kate Hudson in Prabal Gurub the Amfar
    – Kiera Knigthley in Elie Saab at Toronto Film Festival
    – Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhuilllier the “Project” Runaway
    – Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen at the Oscars
    – Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at the Venice Film Festival
    – Angelababy in Elie Saab
    – Mar Saura in Oscar de la Renta

    Thank you again for the work.

  20. ash December 20, 2012 at 18:11 #

    I’m having a Sophie’s Choice moment…

    1)Diane Kruger in Christian Dior Couture at Cannes
    2)Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at Venice Film Festival
    3)Sonam Kapoor in Salvatore Ferragamo at Ferragamo Museum
    4)Fan Bing Bing in Tadashi Shoji at Beijing Film Festival
    5)Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood at Cannes
    6)Elizabeth Banks In Elie Saab – ‘The Hunger Games’ Berlin Premiere
    7)Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli Couture at Cannes
    8)Rihanna in Giorgio Armani at Grammy Awards
    9)Zhang Ziyi in Marc Bouwer Couture at New York Chinese Film Festival
    10). Keira Knightley in Erdem at Anna Karenina premiere in LA

    • noo December 20, 2012 at 21:56 #

      i also loved diane kruger in vivienne westwood (6 of my top 12 were gold dresses) and i loved fan’s tadashi shoji and zhang’s marc bouwer (apparently there was also a velvet theme to mine) :D Anyway I love your list!

  21. Steph December 20, 2012 at 18:43 #

    most amazing look: Ashley Green in navy corseted Donna Karan Atelier at NY premiere…to die for!!!

  22. Nat39 December 20, 2012 at 19:17 #

    My winner is, without a doubt, Karolina Kurkova in striking gold Rachel Zoe (Met gala). She set the bar with this look so incredibly high, she remains untouchable, on a whole other superior level from everyone else for me.

    Some other memorable looks:

    Angelababy in blue Elie Saab
    Angelina Jolie in Versace Golden Globes
    Nicole Kidman in Antonio Berardi Emmys

    Thank you for all your hard work, FC. I really enjoy your site.

    • Mari December 21, 2012 at 04:19 #

      Loved that white and red Versace dress in Angelina Jolie, checking out some more tomorrow!

  23. Rashmi December 20, 2012 at 19:20 #

    You people have put down almost all best ones.. I will just add Blake Lively In Zuhair Murad Couture to it. She was spectacular, like all the above lists.

    In the end you will have the most difficult selections to make FC :) All the best !!!

  24. moonbeam December 20, 2012 at 19:43 #

    I wish you had included Jada Pinkett Smith in the shimmery orange Versace gown or ANY of Michelle Obama’s best looks!

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 19:47 #

      I don’t think you understand. You are suppose to vote.

      The pictures are random BDOTW polls from the year.

      • moonbeam December 20, 2012 at 20:47 #

        Oh! Ok, thanks for the clarification.

  25. Elena December 20, 2012 at 20:42 #

    Kate Hudson – Atelier Versace – ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ Venice Film Festival Premiere

  26. Elena December 20, 2012 at 20:44 #

    And
    Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford – 2012 Oscars
    Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab Couture – 2012 Oscars

  27. Nicky December 20, 2012 at 20:46 #

    My favorites:
    1) Elizabeth Banks in Bill Blass – Hunger Games European Premiere
    2) Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera – Met Gala
    3) Carly Rae Jepsen in Gomez-Gracia – Billboard Awards
    4) Emma Stone in Lanvin – Golden Globes
    5) Julie Bowen in Monique Lhuillier – Emmys
    6) Miley Cyrus in Cavalli – Oscars Vanity Fair Party
    7) Blake Lively in Michael Kors – GMA interview
    8) Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad – Savages Premiere
    9) Carrie Underwood in Reem Acra – CMAs
    10) Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen – Oscars
    11) Elle Fanning in Rochas – Ginger & Rosa London Premiere
    12) Kristen Stewart in Zuhair Murad – Breaking Dawn UK Premiere
    13) Miranda Cosgrove in Collette Dinnigan – Teen Choice Awards
    14) Selena Gomez in Dolce & Gabbana – Kids Choice Awards

  28. Ramsay December 20, 2012 at 20:48 #

    My top 10
    1- Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford at the Oscars
    2- Cate Blanchett in Rodarte at Dubai Film Festival
    3- Princess Caroline de Monaco in Black Chanel at Luxembourg princess wedding
    4- Nicole Kidman in Lanvin at Paperboy premiere in Cannes
    5- Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at Cenice Film Festival
    6- Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackerman at the Golden Globes
    7- Emma Stone in red and white Chanel
    8- Anna Wintour in Prada at the Met Gala
    9- Kate Bosworth in Prada at the Met Gala
    10- Kate Hudson in red Prabal Gurung
    10- Diane Kruger in black Valentino int Toronto film festival

    • Ramsay December 22, 2012 at 11:58 #

      I actually forgot about Leelee Sobieski both in white Jil Sander, red Dior coat and burgundy The Row coat- FC don’t you think she’d deserve a honorable mention for consistently looking classy and fashion forward this year?

  29. Ramsay December 20, 2012 at 20:52 #

    *Venice

  30. Mel December 20, 2012 at 20:56 #

    This was a dificult choice but my favorites are:
    1. Emilia Clarke in Chanel – Emmy Awards
    2. Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli Couture – Moonrise Kingdom Cannes Premiere
    3. Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen – Les Mis NY Premiere
    4. Nieves Alvaren in DavidDelfin – Solo Moda Week 9
    5. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford – Oscars
    6. Michelle Jenner in Zuhair Murad – Goya Awards
    7. Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace – Golden Globes
    8. Rose McGowan in Preen – 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival opening night
    9. Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci – Golden Globes
    10. Marion Cotillard in Dior – 2012 AFI FEST “Rust And Bone” Gala Premiere

  31. Glenda December 20, 2012 at 20:59 #

    I had a moment of clarity and suddenly this question, which I at first deemed impossible to answer (Cate Blanchett literally stormed onto the red carpet at the very last minute, did she?), seemed like a no-brainer: Keira Knightley in Elie Saab Couture at the Toronto Film Festival. Divine.

  32. Mary December 20, 2012 at 21:04 #

    Hi FC!

    What an amazing year! My favorite of the year is the girl who brought a smile to my face every time she left home: Solange Knowles. She looked incredible in yellow this year but my favorite was the yellow Rachel Roy dress she wore to the Met Ball(?).Simply stunning.
    Runner ups : Diane Kruger in Westwood at Cannes and Reese Witherspoon also at Cannes.

    Beijos from Brazil. Amo seu blog!

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 22:20 #

      greetings from London…can’t wait to put together the final list. I haven’t even checked it yet. Want to leave it to the last minute

  33. marie December 20, 2012 at 21:13 #

    i voted for:

    Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood – Amour Premiere (Cannes)
    Diane Kruger in Christian Dior – Cannes Closing Ceremony
    Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab – Hunger Games Berlin Premiere
    Elizabeth Banks in Bill Blass – Hunger Games London Premiere
    Elizabeth Banks in Antonio Berardi – White House Correspondents Association Dinner
    Catherine Cambridge in Jenny Packham – BOA Olympic Concert
    Zoe Saldana in Givenchy – SAG 2012
    Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung – CFDA Awards
    Elle Fanning in Oscar dela Renta – Ginger and Rosa London Premiere
    Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung – Hunger Games LA Premiere
    still choosing among Ms. Obama’s fantastic looks this year..
    FC, would you consider best fashion spread on next year’s Best of 2013 poll? I sure hope the world doesn’t end today. It would be so unfair to not see the results. :D

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 22:20 #

      LOL…I think this is hard enough :D

      • marie December 21, 2012 at 18:57 #

        that’s it!i’m not reading the comments anymore..i’m overwhelmed with the comments and remembering those gowns I’ve forgotten.. can’t wait to read the results on the 24th..happy holidays FC- got a flight to catch..besos from the Philippines!

  34. Nat December 20, 2012 at 21:36 #

    Hardest decision of my life!
    1. Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli – Moonrise Kingdom
    2. Charlize Theron in Dior Couture – Oscars
    3. Naomi Watts in Marchesa – Cannes Film Festival
    4. Kasia Smutniak in Valentino – Venice Film Festival Photocall
    5. Emma Stone in Lanvin – Golden Globes
    6. Keira Knightley in Erdem – Anna Karenina LA Premiere
    7. Amber Heard in Donna Karan – Art of Elysium
    8. Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe – Met Gala
    9. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham – Olympic Concert
    10. Elizabeth Banks in Bill Blass – Hunger Games Londom Premiere

    I am bawling now because that was so difficult. Thanks for all your hard work! I can’t go a day without checking this site.

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 22:20 #

      feeling your pain and appreciating your effort.

      Thanks for your support x

  35. noo December 20, 2012 at 21:41 #

    I have narrowed it down to my top 12 and that is as far as I could go :D Here they are in no particular order:

    1- Amber Heard in Donna Karan, Art of Elysium Heaven Gala
    2- Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood, Amour Cannes film

    festival premiere
    3- Doutzen Kroes in Versace, amfAr gala
    4- Fan Bing Bing in Tadashi Shoji, 2nd Beijing international film

    festival
    5- Jane fonda in atelier versace, cannes film festival opening
    6- Julianna Marguiles in Giambattista Valli Couture, Emmy

    Awards
    7- Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe, Met Gala
    8- Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham, Titanic 3D world premiere
    9- Rihanna in Tom Ford, Met Gala
    10- Stacy Kiebler in Marchesa, 2012 Oscars
    11- Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann, Golden Globes
    12- Zhang Ziyi in Marc Bouwer Couture, New York Chines Film Festival

    • Fashion Critic December 20, 2012 at 22:21 #

      LOL good for you….x

  36. Hannah December 20, 2012 at 21:48 #

    There were a few for me. Cate last week, Angela Sarafyan in Vintage and JPG, Karolina in the amazing print suit, Reese in Atelier Versace at Cannes,btu above all other, by very very far was Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann. That was perfection defined. MY runners up would be JEnnifer Lawrence in the gold Prabal Gurung and Octavia Spencer at the Oscars.

  37. justme December 20, 2012 at 22:29 #

    I feel like Tom Cruise in a Mission Impossible movie. It took me awhile but at the end, I went with my guts. These may not be the prettiest looks but they are the ones which have marked my mind.
    So here is my top 10 (in no particular order):
    - Kasia Smutniak in Valentino – 2012 Venice Film Festival Photocall
    - Paz Vega in Stéphane Rolland Couture – ‘Madagascar 3′ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
    - Angelababy in Elie Saab – 31st Hong Kong Film Awards
    - Zhang Ziyi in Marc Bouwer – ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ Toronto Film Festival Premiere
    - Sonam Kapoor in Salvatore Ferragamo – Ferragamo Museum and Palazzo Spini Feroni
    - Huo Si Yan in Dolce & Gabbana – 2012 Beijing Film Festival Opening Ceremony
    - Beyoncé Knowles in Marc Bouwer – ‘I Was Here’ World Humanitarian Day Performance
    - Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab – ‘The Hunger Games’ Berlin Premiere
    - Pace Wu in Chloé – Paris Fashion Week
    - Léa Seydoux in Elie Saab – ‘L’Enfant D’en Haut’ Berlin Film Festival Premiere

    • EmmaWoodhouse December 20, 2012 at 23:34 #

      Mission Impossible–EXACTLY! I didn’t put Kasia Smutniak and now I feel like a barbarian! Haha

      • justme December 21, 2012 at 09:41 #

        Awww just vote for Kasia, Emma. You know you want to lol.
        I couldn’t remember her name so it took me awhile to track her back on the site. But I just had this vivid image of her sublime Valentino dress that it didn’t matter, I had to vote for her.

  38. JG December 20, 2012 at 23:17 #

    This was SO hard but I think I have narrowed them down (finally):

    1. Diane Kruger in Christian Dior Couture – Cannes Film Festival
    2. Kate Hudson in Prabal Gurung – amfAR Gala
    3. Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan Atelier – Met Gala
    4. Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab – Hunger Games Berlin Premiere
    5. Elizabeth Banks in Bill Blass – Hunger Games London Premiere
    6. Emma Stone in Bottega Veneta – The Amazing Spiderman Rome Premiere
    7. LeeLee Sobieski in Christian Dior – Dior Spring 2013 Presentation
    8. Emma Stone in Lanvin – Golden Globes
    9. Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton – Oscars
    10. Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhullier – Project Runway taping

    As always, thanks so much for your hard work. Can’t say it enough. Looking forward to even more amazing looks in 2013!

  39. d December 20, 2012 at 23:48 #

    I wish the picture could be enlarged?? sorry……

  40. Cashawna December 21, 2012 at 00:06 #

    This is what I wait for all year. I found this site about 3 years ago while browsing around looking for good fashion site and i haven’t been disappointed and I have come here for the last 3 years because no mattter how much fashion site is out there nothing compare to this..thank you FC

    • Fashion Critic December 21, 2012 at 00:27 #

      Thank you.

      You guys rock..feeling very appreciated right sbout now. Feels good.

  41. Dhppy December 21, 2012 at 00:32 #

    Well, I’ve whittled it down to 28… and I’m exhausted! Holy cow, is your job hard.

  42. Marta December 21, 2012 at 00:46 #

    Girls please PLEASE don’t forget about

    Freida Pinto

    during Cannes Film Festival

    lime Versace gown and pink Michael Angel dress!

    These are my two favourites!

    • Prudence December 21, 2012 at 02:40 #

      that michael angel dress was amazing! deffs on my list!

  43. Gro December 21, 2012 at 01:15 #

    I´m a little bit surprised Coco Rocha in Zac Posen
    (Spring Dinner Dance Year’s In April) hasnt been mentioned yet.She is my favorite for this year, I just loved her outfit immediately :)

    And FC, thanks for all the hard work and the high amount of great articles and fashion posts every day. I think its now my second year on your site and its has become like a daily routine, fist page opening when i get on the internet is redcapet-fashionawards :) I even check the site on weekendbreaks, eventhough I know new articles are not posted until monday lol
    Its just really one of the best fashion sites I know :)

    • Fashion Critic December 21, 2012 at 08:52 #

      Love ya for that…thank u xxxx

  44. Marybeth December 21, 2012 at 01:37 #

    For sheer, feminine beauty, I most loved MAR SAURA in Oscar de La Renta (Global Gift Gala), DIANE KRUGER in the sky blue G Valli (opening of Cannes), and ZHANG ZIYI in Mark Bouwer (NY Chinese Film Festival.)

    For the glamourous wow-factor, I especially loved KATE HUDSON in Versace (Venice Film Festival), DIANE KRUGER in V Westwood (Cannes), and ELIZABETH BANKS in that bright yellow Bill Blass (H Games, London.)

    The minimalist looks that really grabbed me were NAOMIE HARRIS in the navy Martin Margiella (Sydney premiere of Skyfall), SOLANGE KNOWLES in the white Robin Singer (amfAR Gala), and THANDIE NEWTON in the black Osman (Laureus Awards.)

    One more to bring it to ten. I have to go with REESE WITHERSPOON’s Versace (Cannes)as one of the best maternity looks I’ve ever seen. Then there was OCTAVIA SPENCER in Tadashi Shoji (Oscars), who showed us you don’t have to be reed thin to look sexy and gorgeous.
    Well, I will stop at eleven!

  45. JoJo December 21, 2012 at 01:57 #

    Ohhhh it’s so difficult! putting together my top 25 now, trying to narrow it down to 10!

    Thanks FC for all your hard work on my very favourite website, I have looked at it every day for 3 years and I love it.

    Merry Christmas!

    • Fashion Critic December 21, 2012 at 08:53 #

      My pleasure…bring on awards season :D

      Merry Christmas x

  46. Prudence December 21, 2012 at 01:59 #

    this is beyond hard. forget 10, i can only round it up to 20!!!! There are of course two non negotiables. idk how youre going to do this FC,2012 was a great year for red carpet major moments!!!

    • Fashion Critic December 21, 2012 at 08:51 #

      I’m going to have to be ruthless :D

  47. Prudence December 21, 2012 at 02:10 #

    I just have to add : please dont forget that the true style stars are the ones that can kill it OFF the red carpet! we had soooooo many incredible non gown – wearing moments this year!

  48. S. December 21, 2012 at 04:36 #

    I’m going for the one who blew me away with her looks and her dresses on the Red Carpet – Jessica Chastain.

  49. Ayesha December 21, 2012 at 05:17 #

    This list is in no particular order,choosing the looks for hard enough!

    Meryl Streep in Lanvin-Oscars
    Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace- Venice Film Festival opening ceremony
    Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung- CFDA Fashion Awards
    Diane Kruger in Christian Dior Couture- Cannes ff
    Nicole Kidman in Ralph Lauren- Cannes ff
    Jada Pinkett-Smith in Atelier Versace- Cannes ff
    Carey Mulligan in Prada- Met Gala
    Fan Bingbing in Tadashi Shoji- Beijing Film Festival opening ceremony
    Angelababy in Elie Saab- Hong Kong Film Awards
    Shu Qi in Armani Privé- Hong Kong Film Awards
    Michelle Williams- Oscars
    Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann- Golden Globes
    Melissa McCarthy- Oscars
    Ni Ni in Christian Dior-
    Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab- The Hunger Games Berlin premiere
    Karolina Kurkova in Roberto Cavalli-
    Bergdorf Goodman 111th anniversary

  50. Samantha December 21, 2012 at 05:29 #

    My Top 10

    1. Angelina Jolie, Atelier Versace, Golden Globes
    The white and red combination was stunning. I had never seen anything quite like it. She looked like an old-school movie star. 50 years from now, this will be the footage they run of her.

    2. Ashlee Simpson, Jenny Packham, SAG Awards
    Perfectly styled. I loved the illusion neckline. She looked stunning.

    3. Nicole Kidman in Lanvin, Cannes
    Wonderful color! She wore her hair up, finally! I just loved this look. Nicole had some great looks this year.

    4. Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad, Savages premiere
    Maybe my favorite gown of the year. Truly wonderful. She looked like a knock-out in it. The styling knocked it down for me… I wasn’t crazy about the hair and make-up, it was a little costume-y.

    5. Fan Bingbing in Elie Saab, Cannes
    What a look! Best Elie Saab of the year. True glamour. I love how she’s not afraid to for it.

    6. Emma Stone in Gucci, Paris Amazing Spiderman premiere
    Wow. Looking at this dress again— fantastic. She really did it justice. Vampy, sexy, mysterious.

    7. Beyonce in Marc Bouwer, UN performance
    While I’m a huge fan of Beyonce, I don’t usually love her style. However, she really knocked it out of the park here. She looked so beautiful and classic in the white, her body looked great, and I thought it still had a bit of an edge to it.

    8. Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive, Oscars
    I just loved the color, and the styling was incredible. I thought she looked like a modern day Grace Kelly in it.

    9. Anne Hathaway in Valentino, NYC Ballet
    I thought Anne had a weak year, but I really liked this gown. Not easy to pull off but I thought she managed it. Really unique look.

    10. Devon Aoki in Alice + Olivia, CFDA Fashion Awards
    The color, the ruffles, and the styling. Just a really great look, modern and elegant.

    Runner-ups:
    - Emilia Clarke in Chanel, Emmys– Great look from a newcomer. Would have been in my top five if not for the shoes! Just really brought it down for me.
    - Rihanna in Armani, Grammys— Another look I just loved. The matte black of the dress and the jewelry— dangerously sexy and I like the Scarface reference. However, the hair— blech.
    - Dita Von Teese in Jenny Packham, Oscar party— Such a beautiful dress.
    - Milla Jovovich in Elie Sabb, Oscars— Loved this. She really knows how to work a look.
    - Diane Kruger in Versus, Cannes— My favorite short dress of this year. So sexy and daring, but Diane manages to pull it off.
    - Nicole Kidman in Versace, Golden Globes— Another stunning look from Nicole. I just wish her hair had been different. If it was, it would have made my Top 10
    - Duchess Catherine in Alexander McQueen, BBC Sports Awards — I thought she looked wonderful, so beautiful. The green was a great choice, and the tailoring was just flawless.

  51. Prudence December 21, 2012 at 05:49 #

    GUYS, DO NOT FORGET JADA PINKETT SMITH!! SHE HAD A MASSIVE COMEBACK.

  52. kathryn December 21, 2012 at 06:05 #

    The Best of Red Carpet Fashion Awards is one of my favorite things about the holidays!! Can’t wait to see all of the winners!
    Favorites in no particular order although if I was forced to choose a number 1 at gun point it would be Diane Krueger in Vivienne Westwood at Cannes.
    Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhullier for Project Runway
    Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung for LA Hunger Games
    Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab for Hunger Games Berlin Premiere
    Kiera Knightley in Erdem for Anna Karenina LA premiere
    Paz Vega In Stéphane Rolland Couture – ‘Madagascar 3′ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
    Karolina Kurkova In Rachel Zoe – 2012 Met Gala
    Tina Fey in Vivienne Westwood at the Emmys

    v

  53. Joy December 21, 2012 at 07:02 #

    Gosh, even though I’ve religiously followed you for years, I now know why I’ve never put myself through trying to pick the BDOTY. It was SO difficult and quite frankly exhausting! :)

    Here’s my absolute favorites.

    1. Karolina Kurkova- Rachel Zoe, Met Gala

    2. Catherine Duchess of Cambridge- Jenny Packham, Olympic Concert
    3. Diane Kruger- Vivienne Westwood, Cannes Film Festival
    4. Keira Knightley- Elie Saab, Anna Karenina Premiere
    5. Marion Cotillard- Christian Dior Couture, Cannes Film Festival Day 2
    6. Fan Bing Bing- Elie Saab Couture, Cannes Film Festival Day 2
    7. Angel baby- Elie Saab, Hong Kong Film Awards.
    8. Fan Bing Bing- Tadashi Shoji, Beijing Film Festival
    9. Kate Hudson- Prabal Gurung, AmFar Gala
    10. Kate Hudson- Atelier Versace
    11. Diane Kruger- Giambattista Valli Couture, Cannes Film Festival Day 1

    • Fashion Critic December 21, 2012 at 08:19 #

      LOL…it is surprisingly exhausting…thanks for your effort…it a great list…we share a few

  54. Marko_M December 21, 2012 at 09:28 #

    Off the top of my head, the looks that kinda stayed with me the most this year were: Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford at the Oscars, Rihanna in Giorgio Armani at the Grammys, Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad at the LA premiere of Savages and Kasia Smutniak in Valentino at the Venice Film Festival.
    I must say, that Kristen Stewart, Emma Stone and Kate Hudson were stellar aswell, so I’ll be choosing a couple of looks from them for sure.
    The absolute MVP was Diane Kruger in Cannes and I’m having a hard time narrowing it down to even 3 looks.

  55. Jennie December 21, 2012 at 09:52 #

    My top is in no order:

    Emma Stone in Gucci
    Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli
    Nicole Kidman in Lanvin
    Katie Aselton in Juan Carlos Obando
    Keira Knightley in Valentino couture (all)
    Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe
    Fan BingBing in Tadashi Shoji
    Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung
    Emma Stone in Lanvin at globes
    Kate Hudson in Prabal Gurung

    2012 rocked!

  56. tomi December 21, 2012 at 14:34 #

    here is my favorite look of this year.
    1.Fan Bingbing in Elie saab -Cannes
    2.Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe -Met Gala
    3.Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad Couture- ‘Savages’ premiere
    4.Diane Kruger in Christian Dior Couture- Cannes
    5.Kate Winslet In Jenny Packham-Titanic 3D World premiere
    6.Zhang Ziyi in Marc Bouwer Couture, New York Chines Film Festival
    7.Fan Bingbing in Elie Saab –2012 Trophée Chopard Party
    8.Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford-Oscars
    9.Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann-Oscars
    10.Dita von Teese in Jenny Packham -Dita Von Teese and Cointreau Launch Cointreau Poolside Soirees Event

    even though it’s hard to make choices of these amazing look, i enjoy it. thank you for FC to share these beauty and fashion.i

  57. Rahel December 21, 2012 at 14:35 #

    I really had problems to decide who looked the best but then I realized who’s my candidate. Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung. Just perfect.

  58. Markness December 21, 2012 at 15:12 #

    I am having a hard time with this.
    But I’m all about three sure things:
    1. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford (Oscars 2012)
    2. Madonna in Gaultier and Dolce and Gabbana cape (W.E. London Premier)
    3. Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood (Cannes)

  59. Yeliz December 21, 2012 at 16:47 #

    Here I am now with my BDOTY list. Somehow I managed to narrow it down to 20. Believe me, it was much more than 20. So, this is my list:

    1.Elizabeth Banks In Bill Blass – ‘The Hunger Games’ London Premiere
    2.Diane Kruger In Giambattista Valli Couture – ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere & Opening Ceremony
    3.Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge In Jenny Packham – ‘Our Greatest Team Rises – BOA Olympic Concert’
    4.Katy Perry In Naeem Khan – UNICEF Snowflake Ball
    5.Paz Vega In Stéphane Rolland Couture – Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

    6.Kate Hudson In Atelier Versace – ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ Venice Film Festival Premiere
    7.Emma Stone In Lanvin – 2012 Golden Globe Awards
    8.Angelababy In Elie Saab – 31st Hong Kong Film Awards
    9.Keira Knightley In Elie Saab Couture – ‘Anna Karenina’ Toronto Film Festival Premiere
    10.Kasia Smutniak In Valentino – 2012 Venice Film Festival Photocall
    11.Nina Dobrev In Donna Karan Atelier – 2012 Met Gala
    12.Fan Bingbing In Elie Saab Couture – ‘De Rouille et D’Os’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
    13.Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra – ‘Cosmopolis’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
    14.Naomi Watts In Zac Posen – ‘The Impossible’ LA Premiere
    15.Jessica Chastain In Alexander McQueen – 2012 Oscars
    16.Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg In Elie Saab Couture – Royal Wedding
    17.Michelle Jenner In Zuhair Murad – Goya Cinema Awards 2012
    18.Charlize Theron In Christian Dior Couture – ‘Prometheus’ London Premiere
    19.Emily Blunt In Jason Wu – ‘The Five Year Engagement’ Tribeca Film Festival Premiere
    20.Leslie Mann In Naeem Khan – 2012 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

    I had trouble deciding between Elizabeth and Diane, but at the end I went with Elizabeth, because I’m still in love with that stunning yellow gown and she just looked so flawless.
    And I know, I have four Elie Saab looks in my list, but I loved all of them.

    FC, I would love to hear what you think about my list. :)

    • Fashion Critic December 21, 2012 at 18:59 #

      I really like your list…its a really nice mixture. I can see why you had trouble getting it down to 10 :)

      • Yeliz December 21, 2012 at 21:52 #

        Trying to get it down to 10 was the hardest job I’ve ever done this year (even my exams were easier), so I decided to leave it at 20.
        I’m so happy that you like it. xxx

  60. Anna December 21, 2012 at 18:09 #

    This is year is harder than 2011…

    1)Keira Knightley in Elie Saab couture (Toronto film festival)
    2)Diane Kruger in Dior (Cannes)
    3)Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci (Golden Globes)
    4)Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab (THG Berlin premiere)
    5)Angelina Jolie in atelier Versace (Oscars)
    6)Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan (MET)
    7)Kate Hudson in Versace (Venice film festival)
    8)Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Garung (THG Los Angeles premiere)
    9)Coco Rocha in Zac Posen (9th annual spring dinner dance)
    10)Paz Vegas in Stephane Rolland (Oscars afterparty)

    Can’t wait to see your choises!

    • Anna December 22, 2012 at 16:00 #

      OMG! What a mistake! 5)Angelina Jolie in atelier Versace (GOLDEN GLOBES)!!! The one from the Oscars was… so bad.

  61. TL December 21, 2012 at 18:16 #

    My top 10 not in order:

    1.1Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli Couture – Opening Ceremony at Cannes Film
    2.Bianca Balti in Fendi- Bianca Balti: Scenes From A Fashion Fairy Tale’ exhibition
    3.Freida Pinto in Salvatore Ferragamo- Desert dancer Cannes film festival photocall
    4.Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe- 2012 Met Gala
    5.LeeLee Sobieski in Christian Dior – Dior Spring 2013 Presentation
    6.Nicole Kidman in Lanvin – The Paperboy premiere in Cannes
    7.Emma Stone in Lanvin – 2012 Golden Globes awards
    8.Zhang Ziyi in Marc Bouwer Couture – New York Chines Film Festival
    9.Yao Chen in Georges Hobeika couture – the hobbits: an unexpected journey premiere
    10.Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab – “the hunger game” Berlin premiere
    11.Charlize Theron in Christian Dior couture – ‘Prometheus’ London premiere
    12.Keira Knightley in Erdem- ‘Anna Karenina’ LA preMiere
    13Kate Hudson in Altelier Versace – The reluctant Fundamentalist Venice film festival premiere
    14.Catherine Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham- Olympic

  62. Dhppy December 21, 2012 at 21:41 #

    Okay, I don’t know how, but I got a Top 13.

    Blake Lively – Gucci – Savages, NY: Refreshing yellow popsicle.

    Blake Lively – Zuhair Murad- Savages, LA: Yes, you can see the effort, but more importantly, you see the payoff.

    Charlize Theron – Dior- Golden Globes: I first saw her in close up and thought “Too sweet.” Then I saw the leg and we were back in business.

    Diane Kruger -Vivienne Westwood – Cannes: Don’t have that Oscar, yet? Dress yourself like one… only better!

    Elizabeth Banks – Elie Saab – Hunger Games, Berlin – Like almost everyone else here, I just applaud this.

    Elizabeth Banks – Emilio Pucci – Man on a Ledge, LA – Gorgeous, short number, with perfect shoes to match.

    Emma Stone – Elie Saab – Spider Man, London- Pants can own a red carpet, too.

    Emmy Rossum – Monique Lhuillier – Taking a stroll in pink ruched tulle. Leaving a line of jaws smashed into the concrete in her wake.

    January Jones – Zac Posen – Emmy Awards – I was so-so on this at first. Then I kept looking and kept liking until I thought “This is kind of genius!”.

    Keira Knightley – Erdem – Anna Karenina, LA – It was this or The Stam at The Met Gala. The more colorful dress won.

    Léa Seydoux- Elie Saab – Berlinale Film Festival – Minimal embellishment, just relying on genetic French elegance to carry the day.

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Chloe – Variety Studio Awards- If she strolled into a boardroom in this, everything she said would be right.

    Thandie Newton – Osman – Laureus World Sports Awards – Perfecting the term “sleek”.

  63. Marybeth December 21, 2012 at 23:35 #

    Okay, I’m “cheating” by adding one more to my list when I said I’d stop at eleven. Looking back in the archives (again!!!) I stumbled on our BDOTW for Jan 29 — Diane Kruger in a sheer, silver-grey Erdem. WOW. How could I have forgotten that one?!?

    It occurred to me that we began the year with a knock-out sheer Erdem ….. and then ended with a
    disastrous one (K Stewart’s recent fiasco.) Odd!
    ;)

    By the way, I am enjoying the lists here tremendously and appreciate everyone who has shared their favorites.

  64. Stephanie December 22, 2012 at 00:16 #

    Haha, I love reading all the lists and it’s nice to see some of the ones I voted for on them. I did include two guys in my top 10, just cause this year was fabulous for menswear and I felt I should give some credit to the men! I also couldn’t help but vote for Princess Stephanie in her Elie Saab wedding gown b/c she looked so radiant…and b/c an Elie Saab wedding gown is my dream :P

    • Jess2 December 22, 2012 at 18:31 #

      An Elie Saab wedding gown is my dream too :D

  65. Charlotte December 22, 2012 at 01:11 #

    Ok, this was no easy task but I have my top 10! (in no particular order!)

    1. Emma Stone in Lanvin at Golden Globes
    2. Miley Cyrus in David Koma
    3. Diane Kruger in Erdem at Sidaction Gala
    4. Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Antonio Berardi at Oscar’s Vanity Fair Party
    5. Brooklyn Decker in Stella McCartney at Japan Premier for Battleships
    6. Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood at Cannes
    7. Catherine Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham
    8. Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad at Savages LA Premier
    9. Keira Knightley in Elie Saab Couture at Toronto Film Festival
    10. Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at Venice Film Festival

    Thank you for another amazing year of fashion! Happy holidays, FC!

  66. robert December 22, 2012 at 03:52 #

    I noticed that for best dressed royal, you only listed and only cover European royals. Queen Rania is more well dressed and beautiful than all the princesses you have listed. Please cover her more next year.

  67. Tommy December 22, 2012 at 05:47 #

    Fan bingbing is the best one in my heart! and why other dress which Fan dressed cant be in choosed?
    then,anglebaby is OK

  68. Alina December 22, 2012 at 07:51 #

    If you ask me, Elizabeth Banks was the best dressed celebrity this year!

  69. dafne December 22, 2012 at 08:19 #

    top 10
    1.Karolina Kurkova in Roberto Cavalli at Bergdorf Goodman’s 111th Anniversary Party
    2.Diane Kruger Nina Ricci in Cannes day 6-7
    3.Leelee Sobieski in Jil Sander at The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair Party
    4.Amber Heard in Donna Karan at The 2012 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala
    5.Emma Stone in Gucci at The 2012 People’s Choice Awards
    6.Kristen Stewart In Balenciaga & A.L.C. – ‘On The Road’ New York Screening
    7.Jennifer Connelly in Stella McCartney (street-Greenwich Hotel)
    8.Jessica Alba in Narciso Rodriguez (street-New York)
    9.Georgia May Jagger in Julien Macdonald at The 2011 British Fashion Awards
    10.Doutzen Kroes In Elie Saab – ‘Cosmopolis’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

  70. Aline December 22, 2012 at 08:20 #

    I created a pinterest board last week to put together all my favorite red carpet moments and later on be able to do my top 10. It turns out that it was very naïve of me to think I’d actually manage to go over 1000 pages exactly on the week before Christmas. Lesson learned for next year.

    Anyway, as I couldn’t go over all the pages (btw, can I make a sugestion? I think it would be nice to be able to browse the posts by month, like in a sort of archive), I decided to make my top 10 based on the looks that have stuck with me through the year. I mean, after all, the ones you remember are, in a way, the best ones.

    Angelababy in Elie Saab has been my favorite since the beginning of the year and, even though there were AMAZING looks this year (I have over 70 on my board, yeah, I know), no one was really able to take over her spot. She wins the game of thrones xD. So she’s the one I voted for.

    My top 10:
    1. Angelababy in Elie Saab – 31st Hong Kong Film Awards
    2. Keira Knightley in Elie Saab – ‘Anna Karenina’ Toronto Film Festival Premiere
    3. Charlize Theron in Dior – Golden Globes
    4. Nicole Kidman in Antonio Berardi – Emmys
    5. Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad – ‘Savages’ LA Premiere
    6. Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung – ‘The Hunger Games’ LA Premiere
    7. Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham – ‘Our Greatest Team Rises – BOA Olympic Concert’
    8. Lucy Liu in Versace – Emmys
    9. Zhang Ziyi in Marc Bouwer Couture – New York Chinese Film Festival
    10. Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier – ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ Toronto Film Festival Premiere

    Honorable Mentions:
    * Kasia Smutniak in Valentino – Venice Film Festival Photocall
    * Ashley Greene in Donna Karan Atelier – 2012 Met Gala
    * Delta Goodrem In Ralph Lauren – 2012 Logie Awards

    FC, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you SO MUCH for all the work you put into this site that, I’m sure I can speak for everyone, makes our days brighter and definitely more fun. I learn everyday with you. So thank you so much. I hope you have a fun filled holidays with your loved ones.

  71. TeaAtTwo December 22, 2012 at 09:27 #

    Compiling a list has been difficult as it has been enjoyable. It kind of feels so personal, lol. Some of the styling and shoes mishaps have across the year have in a weird way made it easier and appreciate the flawless looks even more. It’s been a great year following this site.

  72. e December 22, 2012 at 13:07 #

    Even though I’ve had a lot of celebrities in mind, the only one who gets my vote is Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung for the Hunger Games premiere, she just looked SPECTACULAR for a “girl on fire” :D

  73. sanya December 22, 2012 at 13:32 #

    This is really hard. There were so many great looks this year, but I’ve decided to vote only for those looks I could remember. This is my top ten:

    1. Blake Lively, Zuhair Murad, Saveges premiere

    2. Mila Jovovich, Elie Saab, Oscars

    3. Kate Middleton, Jenny Peckham, Olympic Concert

    4. Sarah Jessica Parker, Erdem, Oslo

    5. Keira Knightley, Erdem, Anna Karenina LA

    6. Natasha Poly, Gucci, Cannes FF

    7. Rosie Huntington Whitley, Gucci, Gucci event

    8. Nicole Kidman, Antonio Berrardi, Emmy Awards

    9. Angelina Jolie, Versace, Golden Globe

    10. Kate Hudson, Versace, Venice FF

  74. Lee December 22, 2012 at 16:59 #

    Hi FC, here are my top 10 in no particular order. I originally had 21 favourites.

    1. Keira Knightley in Erdem – Anna Karenina Premiere
    2. Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab – 2012 Oscars
    3. Zhang Ziyi in Marc Bouwer – New York Chinese Film Festival
    4. Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad – Savages Premiere
    5. Devon Aoki in Alice+Olivia – CFDA Fashion Awards
    6.Dianne Kruger in Giambattista Valli – Cannes
    7. Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham – Titanic 3D Premiere
    8. Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace – 2012 Oscars
    9. Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab – The Hunger Games Berlin Premiere
    10. Kate Beckinsale in Naeem Khan – Total Recall Berlin Premiere

    Thanks for another wonderful year of fashion coverage FC! You are a true inspiration. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Lots of love – Lee-Shay in Cape Town, SA.

    • Lee December 22, 2012 at 21:14 #

      Just a correction: I meant to say Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace at the Golden Globes, not the Oscars, thanks.

  75. Jess2 December 22, 2012 at 18:18 #

    My 2012 favourites are in approx chronological order.

    Jessica Alba in Valentino
    Keira Knightley in Elie Saab Couture
    Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhullier
    Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace
    Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhuillier
    Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli Couture
    Cobie Smulders in Reem Acra
    Angelababy in Elie Saab (blue)
    Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab
    Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

    Other important mentions: The Duchess in Jenny Packham, Nina Dobrev in Elie Saab, Amber Heard in Donna Karan, Keira Knightley in Erdem, Zhang Ziyi in Marc Bouwer.

    Catherine, thank you so so much for such an amazing year in fashion. I stumbled upon RCFA while searching for fashion related pages on Twitter and have been hooked for over a year now. I can’t get through a day without checking in multiple times. RCFA can brighten any day! Wishing you a very merry Christmas and may 2013 be even better! xo

    • Fashion Critic December 22, 2012 at 19:09 #

      thank you Jess2. I am delighted that you have become such a regular contributor to the site with your comments.

      Happy Holidays x

  76. shoko December 22, 2012 at 18:20 #

    1.Kate Hudson In Atelier Versace – ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ Venice Film Festival Premiere
    2.Lea Seydoux 2012 Berlinale Film Festival premiere of ‘Les Adieux de la Reine’
    3.Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg in Elie Saab Couture
    4.Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung The Hunger Games’ LA premiere
    5.Rosie Huntington-Whiteley In Antonio Berardi – 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
    6.Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture 2012 Golden Globe Awards
    7.Miranda Kerr in Carla Zampatti The 2012 Women Of Style Awards
    8. Rihanna In Giorgio Armani – 2012 Grammy Awards
    9.Dianna Agron In Carolina Herrera – 2012 Met Gala
    10.Paz Vega In Stéphane Rolland Couture – ‘Madagascar 3′ Cannes Film Festival Premiere.

  77. pris December 22, 2012 at 19:10 #

    FC, the links aren’t working for me :’(

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2012 at 09:55 #

      the polls are now closed. I need to tally the votes and put the post together today to post them later today and tomorrow.

  78. Dhppy December 22, 2012 at 21:55 #

    I really enjoy looking at everyone’s lists. Sometimes, I nod or raise and eyebrow because I know exactly which one’s are being mentioned, other times I go back and hunt for the photos. This is fun.

    It’s not getting much notice, and it didn’t make my top 13, but I keep thinking Keira Knightley’s Valentino for the LA Film Festival premiere of ‘Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World’, deserves a mention. It looks like nothing else this year.

    Also, if the whining designers on Project Runway are any indication, larger sized women are hard to make dresses for, but you wouldn’t know it from Tadashi Shoji’s gown for Octavia Spencer at the Oscars. She looked like a dream.

  79. principessacate December 22, 2012 at 22:09 #

    Survey is down

  80. Prudence December 22, 2012 at 23:18 #

    AT LAST!
    top 10 in order ( i think!)
    1) Fan binging in elie saab cannes de rouille et d’Os’ premiere
    2) Karolina Kurkova in RZ – met 2012
    3) Miranda kerr in dolce and gabbanna – warner bros golden globes after party ( seems like I was the only person that died for this!)
    4) Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Antonio berardi – vanity fair oscars after party
    5) Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Gucci- lacma
    6) Ziyi Zhang in Marc Bouwer- TIFF
    7) Kate hudson in Prabal Guring – amfar
    8) solange in rachel roy – met 2012
    9) paz vega in stephane rolland – cannes Madagascar premiere
    10)Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackerman _ 2012 golden globes

  81. Jeremy December 23, 2012 at 04:42 #

    So many great options this year. Many gorgeous women in stunning gowns.

    But I knew the one that I’d vote for as my unquestionable Number One best red carpet moment of 2012. There was one gown and one woman that just stood a head above the rest and SHUT. IT. DOWN. with a fierceness and confidence and pizazz and daring that nobody else achieved. The one red carpet moment that literally made me *GASP*. It was unparalleled.

    Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe at the MET Gala.

  82. Shifa December 23, 2012 at 09:05 #

    I’m currently almost to the point of bawling right now because I can only narrow it down to twenty.
    These are my top twenty in no particular order
    Elizabeth Banks in Bill Blass http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/03/14/elizabeth-banks-in-bill-blass-the-hunger-games-london-premiere/
    Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad Couture http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/07/02/best-dressed-of-the-week-blake-lively-in-zuhair-murad-couture/
    January Jones in Zac Posen http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/09/24/january-jones-in-zac-posen-2012-emmy-awards/
    Catherine Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/05/11/catherine-duchess-of-cambridge-in-jenny-packham-our-greatest-team-rises-boa-olympic-concert/
    Florence Welch in Gucci http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/10/29/florence-welch-in-gucci-lacma-2012-art-film-gala/
    Coco Rocha in Zac Posen http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/04/16/best-dressed-of-the-week-coco-rocha-in-zac-posen/
    Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci Premiere
    http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/01/16/evan-rachel-wood-in-gucci-premiere-2012-golden-globe-awards/
    Karolina Kurkova on Rachel Zoe http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/05/08/karolina-kurkova-in-rachel-zoe-2012-met-gala/
    Cheryl Cole in Stephane Roland Couture
    http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/05/20/cheryl-cole-in-stephane-rolland-couture-amour-cannes-film-festival-premiere/
    Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/06/05/zoe-saldana-in-prabal-gurung-2012-cfda-fashion-awards/
    Elizabeth Banks in Chadwick Bell http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/02/27/elizabeth-banks-in-chadwick-bell-2012-vanity-fair-oscar-party/
    Elizabeth Banks in Mary Katrantzou
    http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/05/08/elizabeth-banks-in-mary-katrantzou-2012-met-gala/
    Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/03/13/jennifer-lawrence-in-prabal-gurung-the-hunger-games-la-premiere/
    Blake Lively in Gucci http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/06/28/blake-lively-in-gucci-savages-new-york-premiere/
    Florence Welch in Alexander McQueen
    http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/02/21/florence-welch-in-alexander-mcqueen-2012-brit-awards-performance/
    Kate Hudson in Prabal Gurung http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/10/15/best-dressed-of-the-week-kate-hudson-in-prabal-gurung/
    Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/09/03/best-dressed-of-the-week-kate-hudson-in-atelier-versace/
    Emma Stone in Elie Saab http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/06/18/emma-stone-in-elie-saab-the-amazing-spider-man-london-premiere/
    Zooey Deschanel in Reem Acra http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/09/24/zooey-deschenel-in-reem-acra-2012-emmy-awards/
    Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2012/02/27/jessica-chastain-in-alexander-mcqueen-2012-oscars/
    McQueen

  83. Noemi (WBiS) December 23, 2012 at 09:34 #

    I can’t vote, if I click on “VOTE NOW” it tells me that the poll is already closed! But it was so hard to make a decision… I’d vote for Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood, Cannes Film Festival.

  84. VirginiafromAmsterdam December 23, 2012 at 12:26 #

    Not fair! I didn’t get to vote because it was not working. And now it’s too late!! So sad…

  85. Betelgeuze December 23, 2012 at 17:29 #

    Aww, closed already? :(
    Shoot, my bad, I should’ve been faster with choosing. But still :(

  86. Penny December 23, 2012 at 23:05 #

    Hard to pick just one. Favourites are:
    Nicole Kidman in Antonio Berardi at the Emmys
    Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier at the Emmys
    January Jones in Zac Posen at the Emmys
    Diane Kruger in Christian Dior at the Canne Film Festival Premier of Therese Desqueyroux
    Cate Blanchett in Antonia Berardi at ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ World Premiere
    Keira Knightley In Erdem at the the ‘Anna Karenina’ LA premiere
    Ni Ni in Christian Dior at Vogue China’s 120th Anniversary Celebration
    Keira Knightly in Elie Saab at the ‘Anna Karenina’ Toronto premiere
    Summer Glau in Erin Fetherston at the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s second annual celebration of dance gala
    Blake Likely in Zuhair Murad at the ‘Savages’ LA premiere
    Gwyneth Paltorw in Tom Ford at the 2012 Oscars
    Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace at the Golden Globes
    Fan Bingbing In Tadashi Shoji at the Esquire Man At His Best event
    Fan Bingbing In Christopher Bu at the ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
    Anne Hathaway in Tom Ford at the ‘Les Miserables’ New York Premiere
    Kate Hudson In 3.1 Phillip Lim at the Almay Intense i-Color Bold Nudes And Smart Shade Mousse Makeup Launch
    Angelababy in Barney Cheng at the 2nd Beijing Film Festival
    Rose Byrne in Elie Saab at 2012 SAG Awards
    Kristen Stewart in Zuhair Murad Couture at The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 London Premiere
    and, of course, Eddie Redmayne In Burberry Prorsum at the ‘Les Miserables’ London Premiere and everything Miranda Kerr wears

  87. mohsen January 17, 2013 at 23:03 #

    all of katy perry’s

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