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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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Red Carpet Designer of 2012 & Couturier of 2012 – Elie Saab

Elie Saab has done it again. The Lebanese designer has snatched up the title of Red Carpet Designer and Couturier of 2012, continuing his success from last year.

But how could he not win a second time, when his enchanting creations are ubiquitous, making a splash at nearly every party, gala, premiere, festival and awards show in the past 12 months. The Cannes Film Festival was major for Elie; so were the Academy Awards. And one of his couture gowns even showed up on the set of ‘Gossip Girl.’

Elie’s magical touch rests in the modern day princess punch he puts into every dazzling ensemble. Flowing fantasy gowns and short sparkling minis are his specialty.

Angelababy, Anna Kendrick, Doutzen Kroes, Jessica Biel, Karolina Kurkova, Kristen Stewart, Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift are just some of the superstars and supermodels who went gaga for Elie Saab. Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg even selected Elie Saab Couture for her royal wedding.

Choosing Elie means, almost without exception, snagging a spot on a Best-Dressed list. No wonder he’s Mr. Popular.

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Best Dressed Of The Year Readers’ Choice 2012

1. Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood – ‘Amour’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere
2. Coco Rocha in Zac Posen – 9th Annual Spring Dinner Dance New Year’s In April: A Fool’s Fete
3. Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad Couture – ‘Savages’ LA Premiere
4. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham – ‘Our Greatest Team Rises -BOA Olympic Concert’
5. Zhang Ziyi in Marc Bouwer Couture – New York Chinese Film Festival
6. Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan Atelier – 2012 Met Gala
7. Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford – 2012 Oscars
8. Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe – 2012 Met Gala
9. Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung – ‘The Hunger Games’ LA Premiere
10. Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace – ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ Venice Film Festival Premiere

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23.12.12 Best Of

Model of the Year 2012 – Karolina Kurkova

Whether you’re coco for Rocha, crazy for Karlie or nuts about Natasha (Poly), there was only one model who deserved Model of the Year: Karolina Kurkova.

The Czech model who started, and owned, the menswear trend can wear a printed Roberto Cavalli masculine suit or a sexy Elie Saab gown with equal aplomb.

What’s her secret? A great stylist, good genes, a good sense of style?

Who knows, but whatever it is, it just works…every time.

She’s in her element during film festivals, but she can work the Met Gala steps and award ceremonies with the same grace that leaves other supers green with envy.

We all love Miranda Kerr, but her red carpet style just never measures up to her street style, Karolina, thankfully, doesn’t have that problem.

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