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Best Dressed Of The Year Critics’ Choice 2012

1. Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann – 2012 Golden Globe Awards
2. Emmy Rossum in Monique Lhuillier – ‘Project Runway’ Taping
3. Sonam Kapoor in Salvatore Ferragamo – Ferragamo Museum and Palazzo Spini Feroni
4. Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe – 2012 Met Gala
5. Keira Knightley in Erdem – ‘Anna Karenina’ LA Premiere
6. Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad Couture – ‘Savages’ LA Premiere
7. Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood – ‘Amour’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
8. Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace – ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ Venice Film Festival Premiere
9. Elizabeth Banks in Bill Blass – ‘The Hunger Games’ London Premiere
10. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford – 2012 Oscars

Thank you all for your comments and support this year.

I’ll be back on January 2 with the sketches from Roland Mouret for you to pick my Oscar gown.

Happy Holidays.

Best FC xx

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Most Worn Dress 2012 – Stella McCartney’s ‘Saskia’ Dress

Not only was Stella McCartney the most worn designer of the year, her ‘Saskia’ cut-out side gown was the most worn dress of the year.

The gorgeous piece from the designer’s Evening Collection was first worn by Gwyneth Paltrow to the 2012 Grammy Awards, then by Shalom Harlow, followed by Brooklyn Decker and Kira Miro, before making several other red carpet appearances in navy-and-white and all black around the world.

Katherine Jenkins was the only one to ruin the look by not wearing it with the gold waistband.

It even came in a shorter knee-length version which was just as popular.

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Most Worn Designer 2012 – Stella McCartney

While you may not agree with this award, I’m sure many of you are not surprised that Stella McCartney is the Most Worn Designer Label of 2012.

What’s her appeal?

Could it be her Savile Row-trained tailoring skills, the fact she’s a girl’s girl, or her undisputed fashion cred which sees every celeb want to be part of Stella’s cool gang?

One thing is for sure, she has many devotees including Liv Tyler, Naomi Watts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rihanna, who are usually the first to be seen wearing her Spring, Fall, Pre-Fall and Resort collections, before being taken up by celebrities all around the world from Tokyo to Madrid and Australia.

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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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