24.12.12 Best Of

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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23.12.12 Best Of

Fashionista Of The Year 2012 – Solange Knowles

No longer in her older sister’s shadow, Solange Knowles took the fashion world by storm in 2012.

Even American Vogue noted her sartorial style choices as she was firmly placed on their best dressed list for 2012, joining the likes of Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, Zoe Saldana and LeeLee Sobieski.

We loved her for her ‘stepping outside the box’ style choices, which ranged from multiple prints, African-inspired pieces, luxe gowns, colour-blocking, her love for all things yellow and of course her ‘fro.

She also introduced us to many underground designers such as Esteban Cortazar, Boxing Kitten, Rubin Singer, Flaminia Saccucci and Maki Oh which not only cemented her trend setting status, but also gave a much needed spotlight to these talented up-and-coming designers.

The one thing we could predict when it came to Solange’s style, is that she would never be predictable.

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Best Street Style 2012 – Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr makes the world her runway. The sidewalks of New York City and her hometown of Sydney are no match for this Australian supermodel (and supermom), who has incredible street style.

She boasts the uncanny ability to look effortlessly chic and oh-so-sophisticated—even when she’s balancing her son, Flynn, on her hip.

When she’s not strutting down the Victoria’s Secret catwalk or posing for her next big fashion campaign (she’s the new face of Mango for Spring 2013), Miranda is still camera-ready with her trendsetting staples.

She does uptown glam—think pencil skirts, structured frocks and diaphanous blouses—as easily as downtown cool, showing off her long, lean pins in Current/Elliott skinny jeans, leather leggings and chic shorts.

And she’s not afraid to rock a good animal print or exploded floral pattern, or a pair of oversized, python-embossed Linda Farrow shades.

Alexander Wang, Equipment, Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela and Victoria Beckham all occupy places of supreme importance in Miranda’s personal closet; so do Manolo Blahniks, Prada loafers and Marant’s ankle booties.

Plus, when this stunning star isn’t carrying her favorite Givenchy “Antigona” tote (or her adorable Yorkshire terrier, Frankie) while she’s out and about, she has another handsome accessory to tout—hubby Orlando Bloom.

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23.12.12 Best Of

Needs A Style Do-Over For 2013

Katie Holmes’ sense of style may have been compromised in 2012 by her rather turbulent divorce from Tom Cruise—and from Scientology. But there are no excuses in the game of fashion, and there’s no better time than the New Year for this star to launch a sartorial revamp.

She has a propensity for dressing way beyond her 34 years, in looks that are too mature, sometimes slouchy and ill-fitting, and, daresay, even drab and frumpy.

Occasionally, Katie pulls off a good stare-worthy statement (her Elie Saab confection at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party was divine), but too often there’s a mom-jeans vibe clouding the picture.

She needs to take a cue from her sugar-sweet, six-year-old daughter, Suri, and dress more youthfully.

There’s no question Katie is a natural beauty and has an eye for fashion; she’s the first celebrity face for Bobbi Brown cosmetics and co-represents her own Holmes & Yang collection, after all.

Plus, she’s the perfect hanger with a dynamite post-divorce “revenge” body working for her. Now, she just could use a better closet and a concentrated effort to embrace more elevated fashion—or maybe she just needs a good stylist.

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