24.12.12 Best Of

Best Ensemble Cast 2012 – ‘Les Miserables’

The ‘Les Miserables’ cast, including Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman and Eddie Redmayne, have taken the red carpet by storm, parading out looks as dramatic as their roles in the movie, which is already garnering a crush of awards buzz.

While the flick has been nominated for top nods by Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes voters (with Oscar on the tip of everyone’s tongue, too), the actors are already winners in the fashion category for Best Ensemble Cast 2012.

From Tokyo to London and New York City premieres to late-night talk shows and promotional luncheons, this ensemble has struck pose after pose. While Hugh and Eddie cut handsome profiles in such labels as Lanvin, Alexander McQueen and Burberry Prorsum, leading the way were Anne and Amanda, who deserved the most attention. (No offense, guys.)

Both actresses stepped up their style game with pretty and provocative looks that pushed the boundaries.

Amanda and Anne, respectively, trotted out a floral-print Brood and an edgy Antonio Berardi in Tokyo, then a ruffled Balenciaga and embellished Givenchy Couture in London, both to mixed review. Anne’s sleek after-party look by Altuzarra was redeeming.

But just as in a good screenplay, a bit of scandal is always a bonus. And in NYC, the starlets delivered the shock factor with complementary confections that were dark, mysterious and slightly goth.

Amanda stunned in Alexander McQueen, and Anne went all-out in Tom Ford: a moody black extravaganza with bondage-inspired gladiator boots.

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Best Dressed Film Festival 2012 – Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival is a playground for movie buffs, fashion types and social fixtures, filled with modish moments swooshing around every red carpet screening and after party.

Cannes is a Technicolor candy store of confections, and its supremely outfitted stars have made it the best dressed fest of 2012.

With glowing A-listers like Diane Kruger, Freida Pinto, Kylie Minoque and Marion Cotillard in the mix, and Atelier Versace, Christian Dior, Elie Saab and Roberto Cavalli rotating in the fashion credits, this feast for the eyes in the French Riviera is the most dramatic production of the year.

No fest can best the flourish of Cannes….although Venice did come close this year.

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24.12.12 Best Of

Best Brand Ambassador 2012 – Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham has achieved the enviable status of successful crossover artist. The entertainer-cum-fashion designer’s eponymous label is esteemed within the highest style circles.

And no one wears her clothes better than the queen bee herself; she is the ultimate brand ambassador.

Victoria’s secret? Start with slim-line silhouettes; add a good mix of sleek architectural shapes; ramp up the volume with an ultra-sophisticated and sexy vibe; and, get a sartorial combination that works best on a body like Victoria’s.

Her label is trendsetting yet unmistakably timeless, appealing to stars such as Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, Miranda Kerr, Naomi Watts and Serena Williams.

And Spring 2013 looks every bit as bright: VB presented tailored separates in addition to those bold body-con dresses, so there’s even more to look forward to.

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Best Dressed Royal 2012 – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Ever since Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, walked down the aisle in a breathtaking Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton wedding gown in 2011, she not only became British royalty but also a fashion princess.

This year, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, Catherine only cemented her status as the best-dressed royal, where she set trends, inspired styles, and caused more than a few designer items to sell out within hours.

Her personal style—prim, proper and uncompromisingly classic—may not be as adventurous and daring as some other best-dressed winners, but she still manages to make a dazzling spectacle with her trendsetting (and sometimes repeat) staples.

Her favorite designers include Erdem, Jenny Packham, Katherine Hooker, LK Bennett and McQueen, natch. But what makes Catherine so charming is that she wears High Street style from Reiss and Zara just as royally.

Now that she’s pregnant, rest assured Kate will have the most well-dressed baby bump of 2013.

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Best Plus One 2012 – Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz was your Best Dressed Plus One for 2012.

The British actress did have her own movies to promote this year, including ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘The Bourne Legacy’, but she also provided the arm candy for Daniel’s blockbuster ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ and ‘Skyfall’ movie premieres.

This by no means suggests she played second fiddle to her husband Daniel Craig, as hard as she tried to fade into the background.

She was stunning in Alexander McQueen and even from the side view she was breathtaking in Chanel Couture.

Never has a side view red carpet look won BDOTW; that is how major that look was.

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Entertainer of 2012 – Florence Welch

Florence Welch was your Entertainer of the Year 2012, even though her bangs bothered you earlier this year.

The flame-haired Brit, who’s taken the US by storm, kick started her fashionable year gracing the January 2012 cover of American Vogue.

To further prove her fashion credentials, this formidable fashion contender, who tops many best dressed lists with her quirky, modern take on hippy, ‘70s style dressing, captured the attention of Gucci’s Creative Director Frida Giannini: Giannini created the wardrobe for the singer’s Ceremonials’ world tour for the second year in a row.

On the rare occasions Florence was not wearing Gucci, her style ranged from free flowing pieces on stage to mix print separates which made us stand up and take notice.

No matter what she wore, she always looks elegant and effortless.

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