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Best Dressed Of The Year Critics’ Choice 2011

1. Zoe Saldana in Armani Privé – 2011 Cannes Film Festival “The Tree Of Life” Premiere
2. Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture – 2011 Oscars
3. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Naeem Khan – ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’ Berlin premiere
4. Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace – 2011 Golden Globes
5. Nicole Kidman In Jean Paul Gaultier Couture – 2011 Grammys
6. Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli -‘Friends With Benefits’ New York premiere
7. Freida Pinto in Antonio Berardi – ‘Immortals’ LA premiere
8. Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan – 2011 Emmy’s
9. Zhang Ziyi in Christian Dior – ‘Love for Life’ Rome Film Festival premiere
10. Amber Heard in Elie Saab – ‘The Rum Diary’ LA premiere

Thanks for all your comments, id’s and suggestions during the year.

2012 is going to be even more amazing, so please join me in January for some more red carpet action.

I hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Lots of love FC xxxx

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Red Carpet Designer of 2011 & Couturier of 2011 – Elie Saab

By an overwhelming margin, Elie Saab not only received the most votes for Red Carpet Designer of the Year, but also for Couturier of the Year.

No, I promise you I didn’t rig the votes.

The designer’s magical gowns were showcased at nearly every major event this year including Cannes Film Festival, the Oscars, the Latin Grammys, the Bambi Awards, the Marie Claire Prix de la Moda Awards, the BAFTAs, the Emmy’s and the Golden Globes.

No other designer can boast that kind of reach in 2011.

Elie’s biggest celebrity fan was, of course, Fan Bingbing, but his other loyal fans included Sarah Jessica Parker, Mila Kunis, Hilary Swank, Princess Beatrice, Catherine Zeta Jones, Taylor Swift, Evan Rachel Wood, Abbie Cornish, Emily Blunt, Princess Victoria of Sweden, Florence Welch and, most recently, Sonam Kapoor, Emma Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman.

It’s no wonder his client list is almost as extensive as IMDB, because he creates everything a girl could want – from head-turning gowns, to sequin mini dresses, every girl wants a piece of Elie magic because it pretty much guarantees her a place on Best Dressed lists the world over.

Runner up for Designer of the Year: Alexander McQueen
Runner up Couturier of the Year: Givenchy

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Most Worn Designer of 2011 – Dolce & Gabbana

You shouldn’t been surprised that Dolce & Gabbana was the most worn designer of 2011.

Between the Fall 2011 star print mania to their much loved lace and animal prints dresses, which we see at least once a week on the red carpet, this was easy to predict.

Stars loved Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana designs because they are beautiful, classic and they flatter the feminine form.

Whether celebrities wanted to be romantic, enhance their figure or be overtly sexy Dolce & Gabbana had the perfect dress for them.

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Bag Designer of 2011 – Mulberry

Mulberry bags, totes and clutches have been seen adorning the arms and shoulders of many well dressed celebrities on the red carpets and on streets around the world.

Their biggest fan was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge alongside Nicola Roberts, Kate Bosworth, Olivia Palmero and of course Alexa Chung.

Catherine loved the Mulberry Polly Push Lock bag.

Nicola carried the animal print Mulberry ‘Alexa’ bag.

Kate Bosworth got first dibbs on the Spring 2012 collection, as she was seen carrying the Mulberry Harriet clutch wallet with a gold chain and Olivia Palermo has been spotted carrying her Mulberry suede bayswater clutch.

Even I jumped on the Mulberry bandwagon this year by adding a gorgeous Bayswater silky snake print bag to my collection.

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Shoe Designer of 2011 – Brian Atwood

Brian Atwood was the Shoe Designer of 2011.

The ‘Maniac’ was still the number one choice for celebrities, but thankfully this year we got to see that the designer does indeed design more than one shoe.

Paula Patton showcased the ‘Alexa’, Michelle Monaghan gave us the ‘Power Studs’, Felicity Jones gave us the ‘Goldy’ and Kristen Stewart gave us the ‘Marcella’.

Zoe was his biggest fan, giving us the ‘Zenith’, the ‘Alba’, the ‘Pois’ (my favourite), and of course the ‘Maniac’.

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Special Recognition Award – Camilla Belle

‘Prada to Nada’ hit theatres in January, so for the last 11 months Camilla Belle had nothing but her great style to promote.

I have given her special recognition award as she attended many high profile events wearing high end designers on the back of one project this year.

Her finest moment was in Ralph Lauren, but she also stunned in Gucci and Tom Ford.

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Man Of The Year – Ryan Gosling

There were no other candidates for Man of the Year, because Ryan Gosling has pretty much had it in the bag since Cannes Film Festival.

He was frankly robbed by People magazine for the title of ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ as he was so very dashing every time he hit the red carpet.

The Canadian heart-throb appears to take the red carpet seriously by opting for perfectly fitting Italian tuxedos in vivacious colours such as midnight blue, ruby or bottle green to set himself aside from other fellas in classic black or navy.

His favourite designers have been Ferragamo and Gucci. My personal favourite is the blue Ferragamo suit he wore at Cannes.

I can’t wait to see him hit the red carpet during awards season.

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