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Breakout Star 2012 – Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev is hot on the heels of that other vampire starlet, Kristen Stewart; Nina’s really come into her own this past year.

She has the hunky boyfriend (Ian Somerhalder), the sexy star quality (‘The Vampire Diaries’ series is a smash hit), and continuing buzz about her next film or TV move, all of which keep this breakout star at the top of gossip columns.

But it’s her smart fashion sensibility that is the most exciting. Nina is learning the ropes of the red carpet, turning heads whether she’s in a sophisticated Elie Saab, a spicy Reem Acra or a sexy Zuhair Murad.

However, her game-changing look that had everyone cheering was her Donna Karan Atelier gown, backless and with a wow-factor train, at the 2012 Met Gala.

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Most Consistent 2012 & Film Festival Queen 2012 – Diane Kruger


Diane Kruger really couldn’t be more chic if she tried. The German actress and former model has a body made for fashion, and she works each and every angle to brilliant effect, continuously sending out waves of shock and awe.

She is Miss Consistency, always dressing to perfection in the hottest labels, including Azzedine Alaia, Lanvin, Marchesa, Prabal Gurung, Prada and Chanel (she’s a brand ambassador), whether she’s on the red carpet, at a glittery benefit or a launch event.

This overachieving star has picked up another crown though, too, as the Film Festival Queen of 2012, trotting out trendsetting excitement at every turn.

She was indeed Cannes royalty this past year with one lusciously glam and deliciously daring look after the next from Christian Dior Couture, Giambattista Valli Couture, Nina Ricci and Vivienne Westwood (a VW rose-gold sequin gown was her most phenomenal entrance).

Diane’s wardrobe weapons of choice are unquestionably avant-garde, style-forward creations, ripped from the hautest runways of New York, Paris and Milan. And she generally looks every bit as good as the models who first debuted the designs—if not better.

But don’t for a minute think that she is content to rest on her past fashion wins.

This hip beauty usually has a surprise up her sleeve and has time and again proven she’s not afraid to experiment, playing with looks that range from ladylike to androgynous, loose-fitting to figure-flattering, covered-up to barely there, and everything in between.

She just usually happens to gamble well in her high-stakes style game.

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Best Dressed Male 2012 – Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne was your golden boy taking home the Best Dressed Male for 2012.

While Andrew Garfield and Rob Pattinson may feel somewhat robbed for their ‘Spiderman’ and ‘Twilight’ promo tour efforts, the British actor with a penchant for Burberry slim-fitted suits and striking a pose which sees him lean to the left won your hearts – even with that sexy face which irked some of you.

Supporting other British labels such as Alexander McQueen, we loved Eddie for his boyish charm, his love for colourful, season appropriate suits and the gallant way he kept the rain at bay from a Alexander McQueen strapless gown-clad Amanda Seyfried.

Good looks, charm, snappy dress sense, great arm candy….he’s definitely one to take home to meet the parents.

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Most Improved 2012 – Katy Perry

Towards the latter part of the year, Katy Perry had somewhat of a style transformation.

Gone were the blue, purple and green wigs plus the quirky red carpet attire for a sleeker, sophisticated, more consistent red carpet look.

In the past she would go from wearing an princessy Elie Saab Couture gown to a slime-inspired frock in the space of a few appearances, but at it feels like the singer has shelved those attention seeking, eccentric red carpet looks for now.

I am very interested to see if this phase continues in 2013.

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Best Dressed International Star 2012 – Fan Bingbing


Fan Bingbing may be a designer’s dream girl; she’s exotic, well-traveled, sophisticated and has just enough quirk factor to keep things interesting.

The Asian beauty is the Best-Dressed International Star of 2012, although she really doesn’t have a defining style. That’s her secret: she’s a chameleon and can and will wear anything that catches her fancy—even the most extravagant, over-accessorized runway exits.

While Fan is a red carpet regular at soirees in Beijing and Shanghai, you’ll also find this actress-singer-producer seated front row at Fashion Week shows as varied as Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo and Versace, as well as being the darling of Cannes Film Festival as the Asian ambassador for L’Oreal.

Throughout the year, she was also spotted in Elie Saab, Giorgio Armani, Stéphane Rolland Couture, Tadashi Shoji and Valentino.

There’s no way not to be a fan of Miss Fan.

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Best Newcomer 2012 – Rita Ora

Rita Ora was crowned Best Newcomer for 2012.

Considering the majority of the comments on her posts hadn’t been very complementary, with most accusing Rita of copying Rihanna’s style, I must say this comes as a huge shock.

The British singer, who is not afraid to take fashion risks and known for her blonde tresses and signature red lippie à la Gwen Stefani, has supported mostly British designers like Julien MacDonald, Stella McCartney, McQ by Alexander McQueen, House of Holland and Vivienne Westwood.

Other designer favourites include Marchesa, Mugler and Stephane Rolland for her dramatic music awards looks; plus, Emilio Pucci and Alexandre Vauthier have provided her with something uber hot for when she wants to take the sexy route.

While I continue to be shocked by this result, I am happy that she ditched the sneakers which she wore with most dresses earlier on in the year. It was so Lily Allen circa 2006.

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Best Dressed Teen 2012 – Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning has virtually stolen the spotlight from her older sister, Dakota—and from a host of other burgeoning starlets.

Not only did this precocious 14-year-old actress land a role in the upcoming Sleeping Beauty movie, Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie, she also was just nominated for a 2013 Critics’ Choice Award for her part in Ginger & Rosa.

She is no shrinking violet on the style scene either. So it’s no surprise Elle was elected the Best Dressed Teen of 2012, continuing her winning streak from last year.

A radiant presence with her alabaster skin, her deep gaze and those angelic blonde locks, Elle makes a strong impression whether she’s a girly goddess on the red carpet, a fairy tale fashionista at a film premiere, the girl-next-door for Teen Vogue or an artsy rocker chick covering the latest issue of Bullett magazine.

She achieves such grace by mixing cute with couture and princess with punk, all with a young and fun flair. And she’s not afraid to take risks. Remember, Elle was the one who colored outside the lines and dared to wear a sunny piece from Rodarte’s Van Gogh-inspired Spring 2012 collection at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Awards.

In fact, this PYT often leans towards high-concept looks plucked straight from the runway, favoring bold names like Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Prada and Rochas.

One of her most memorable ensembles of the year was actually an ode to androgyny: the print-happy Miu Miu Fall 2012 trouser suit she wore for the Ginger & Rosa premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.

It’s not hard to see why Elle has captivated the attention of film directors and fashion designers, carving out a glowing role in the movie biz and in the style world with more panache than starlets two or three times her age.

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