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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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Emerging Designer 2012 – Maria Lucia Hohan

Maria Lucia Hohan is the best designer you never really heard of, but her designs have graced the red carpet at many major events this year, including the Oscars.

The Romanian designer has a client list many emerging designers would kill for including Jennifer Hudson, Stacy Kiebler, Ashley Tisdale, Jennifer Lopez and her biggest fan is Taylor Swift.

That doesn’t mean she makes sparkly gowns. Quite the opposite; her ethereal, elaborately draped, often pleated gowns are sequin-free.

Known for her illusion paneling and figure flattering silhouettes, it’s no wonder starlets like Taylor Swift keep Maria on speed-dial.

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Most Popular Shoe 2012 – Christian Louboutin ‘Bis Un Bout’ Pumps

The Christian Louboutin ‘Bis Un Bout’ pumps made their red-carpet debut back in February when both Rihanna and Alicia Keys wore them on the red carpet for the 2012 Grammy Awards.

They then went on to become the hottest property of the year, selling out the second they hit boutiques and virtual shelves around the world.

Many of you have likened them to stripper shoes because of the PVC patent leather combo, but didn’t stopped Naya Rivera, Brooklyn Decker, Ashley Madekwe, La La Vasquez, Beyonce Knowles, Solange Knowles, Elle MacPherson, Kristen Stewart, Angie Harmon, Lea Michele and Emma Stone wearing them.

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Ones To Watch In 2013

2013 will not be unlucky for these three lovely ladies.

Jena Malone: The indie film favourite may have a long list of diverse experiences under her belt, including ‘Donnie Darko’, ‘Pride & Prejudice’, ‘The Ruins, Saved!’, and ‘Sucker Punch’, but it’s her coveted, high-profile role of fiery Johanna Mason in the 2013 film, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, which is about to send the 28-year-old into the big time. The actress loves to wear up and coming labels such as Cushine et Ochs and Juan Carlos Obando. With a major movie to promote, will she stick to these labels, or will she be opting for the bigger name designers?

Lea Michele: Like Jena, Lea is hardly a new kid on the block, but she is the newest ambassador for L’Oreal. I am chomping at the bit for her first appearance on the red carpet for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival because no matter how OTT she will most definitely be, we are in for an Atelier Versace, Emilio Pucci treat.

Alicia Vikander: The beautiful Swedish actress did the impossible in 2012, standing out on a red carpet alongside her more famous co-star Keira Knightley. This is no mean feat, so I have put Alicia on my one-to-watch list. In just two red carpet appearances, she has gone from Rodarte to Chanel Couture. Some actresses have worked a lifetime and never even got close to donning a Chanel Couture creation.

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