23.12.09 Best Of

Best Dressed Of The Year 2009 – Critic’s Choice

1. Lucy Liu in Monique Lhuillier – Irene Diamond Award Gala
2. Anne Hathaway in Valentino – Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Induction
3. Kerry Washington in Zuhair Murad – “Coco Chanel” Cannes Premiere
4. Chiling Lin in Salvatore Ferragamo – 2009 China Huabiao Film Awards
5. Sharon Stone in Armani Prive – 2009 Rudolph Valentino International Cinema Awards
6. Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann – “Up” Cannes Premiere
7. Zoe Saldana in RM by Roland Mouret – “Avatar” London Premiere
8. Michelle Obama in Peter Soronen – National Governors Association Dinner
9. Diane Kruger in Marchesa – Annual New Yorkers For Children Spring Dinner Dance
10. Daphne Fernandez in Hannibal Laguna – 2009 TELVA Magazine Fashion Awards

Thanks for all your support this year.

We’ll be back January 4th.

Happy Holidays.

Love Catherine aka FC & Sophie xxx

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88 Responses to Best Dressed Of The Year 2009 – Critic’s Choice

  1. Tiffany December 26, 2009 at 3:38 am #

    Happy Holidays.

    Kerry Washington # 1 on my list

  2. nina December 25, 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New year FC and Sophie!!

    Thank you for all your work through this year!

  3. Adrien December 25, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    Hi everyone and merry christmas… Fc u ve just been the best this whole year!! U ve entertained us with a real critical eye and some fabulous pictures… I like your list better than the Reader’s one as it is less expected! I love Tilda s look, very strong and it really looks made for her! Chiling Lin was my #1 this year so i m glad u chose her in your top 10!
    Anyways, happy hollidays to everybody and again thank you very much FCs for such a great work
    With love xxx


  4. Sue Jin December 25, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a Happy New Year!

    Thank you for all your hard work!
    I agree with your #1! I do prefer Kerry over Anne though

  5. worldofcarmela December 25, 2009 at 11:35 am #


  6. Lala/S-R December 25, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and yours, FC!!

    To all RC-FA reader: the same.

  7. Dana December 24, 2009 at 11:27 pm #

    sometimes i don’t like commenting on this site and i haven’t for a while because i rarely get a response

  8. JMC December 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    Have a wonderful holiday and very happy new year!

    Thanks for all of your help this year!

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

      You’re very welcome.

      Happy Holidays.

  9. Thomas Monks December 24, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    did Devon Aoki in the lime green cavalli recive any vvotes or Katy Perry in baisl soda

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

      Devon got a few but none for Katy Perry.

  10. Thomas Monks December 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    merry chirstmas and happy new year love the picks seeing more of the ones i loved were added thanks for sharing your obsession with all of us i make the RCFA part of my daily routine have to check it al least 3-4 times a day gonna miss that until awards season but you have earned a vacation again Merry Christmas and Best of luck in the new year

    Thomas J. Monks

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

      I can’t wait for Awards season

      Happy Holidays Thomas x

  11. Laveena December 24, 2009 at 10:53 am #

    I think we have come to a consensus, I would also choose Lucy Liu as No 1.

    Merry Christmas Catherine! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, Happy New Year

    with love from India 🙂

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2009 at 11:20 am #

      Happy Holidays Laveena. 😀

  12. louanne December 24, 2009 at 8:02 am #

    happy holidays! lucy liu looks fab! can’t wait till jan 4th!

  13. Stuti December 24, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    I LOVE your list FC. Only, I’d put Anne on Number 1. That Valentino dress and the red coat had made me swoon back then, and it still does. Also, am so glad you put Tilda and Sharon on the BDOTY list, based only on the clothes, not the people.
    Happy Holidays! 🙂
    Much love.

  14. Alice December 24, 2009 at 1:50 am #

    I will never understand why Lucy Liu is number one, but all the rest I agree with. Anne, Zoe, Diane, Chiling Lin had a fantastic year.
    Merry Christmas, FC! Your blog is the best and I will be patiently awaiting January 4.

  15. jenny December 24, 2009 at 12:55 am #

    hey just wondering if jennifer connelly in balmain had any votes?

    • Fashion Critic December 24, 2009 at 8:18 am #

      just 2.

      I had been keeping a list all year which she was on, but the look felt out dated by the time I put the list together.

  16. lucas December 24, 2009 at 12:16 am #

    You guys at RCFA are amazing have happy holidays and a good new year!! I dont know were I will go for the daily fashion scoop untill January 4th 🙂

  17. mimi December 23, 2009 at 11:57 pm #

    I can’t believe Jennifer Connely in her green Balmain dress is not on both of the lists. I think her look is forgotten since she wore that dress in the very beginning of the year.
    I can’t wait for jan 4th. happy holidays everyone

  18. Dana December 23, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    Wow FC, great choices! With the exception of Daphne Fernandez, I agree wholeheartedly that these women deserve the list! My list may have been slightly different but this one is great. Diane is stunning.

    You are doing such great work, FC, and Sophie is a great addition. I check all day, every day for the best fashion fix on the web. Thank you for all your time and effort! Happy Holidays! xo

  19. Sara December 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

    I absolutely love your picks! Thank you so much for your blog! I love it and have learned so much about the different designers. My favorite part about awards season is the fashion, so this is the perfect spot to go to get my “fashion fix”.
    Happy Holidays FC!

  20. ana laura December 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    3rd place – #6
    2nd- 7
    1ST! – 10!!!!!

  21. Elisa December 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    Thank you for having this amazing blog, it’s the only one I follow every single day.

    And I am so happy that you included Tilda Swinton in Ackermann – that look is fantastic!

    Have a very merry Christmas 🙂

  22. Samantha December 23, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    I love that your list is so different to the Readers Choice. I had totally forgotten about how great Anne looked in that Valentino. Thanks so much for all the hard work put in to the site – I can’t belive I only started reading this blog a couple of months ago. Can’t wait for awards season and fashion week. Best wishes for 2010!

  23. maria December 23, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    you have a really really good fashion sense =)
    every women is outstanding in her gown.great great picks!
    happy holidays and merry christmas!
    i am really looking forward to your new critics^^
    love your site!!!

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

      Thanks sweetie.

      Happy Holidays x

  24. SydneyCheapChic December 23, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New year FC and all the readers! It’s been a good fashion year 🙂

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

      and to you. Merry Christmas

  25. SydneyCheapChic December 23, 2009 at 8:31 pm #

    Yay yay yay!! I so much prefer your list FC… i can agree with more i guess.. hhehee..

    I totally forgot about Anne in this outfit but i did love her in it! And i’m so glad Chiling Lin is here too.. she was my choice (well one of them.. hehe)

    Also agree with some comments like missing Cate the great but it has been a slow year for her.. and i also noticed that there is none from the big events like Globes or Academy awards.. was that on purpose???

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

      It wasn’t on purpose.

      Looking back I remember who disappointed I felt at those events.

      The only one who came close from the majors was Olivia Wilde in Reem Acra from the Golden Globes

      • SydneyCheapChic December 25, 2009 at 10:11 am #

        OOh yeah I still think about that Reem Acra divine!

        Hopefully 2010 will be a better awards season.. especially if Carey Mulligan gets nominated for Best Actress… *sigh* i’ve never seen her in a full gown before.. can’t wait!

  26. Laura December 23, 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    I’m so happy Tilda was on this list. I adored that look. I really wanted to see that Megan Fox purple Donna Karan dress one more time.

    One thing I noticed about the Readers list was a severe lack of bold colors. I’m happy you included Anne, Tilda, and Diane on your list. When done well, a bold color can really make a good look great.

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 8:32 pm #

      Thanks. I know my choices can be kooky, so I was expecting everyone to hate the list.

  27. Marvel December 23, 2009 at 8:23 pm #

    Merry Christmas and I enjoy what 2010 has in store for us….

  28. lstp0136 December 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    happy holidays to you both::
    I have followed ur site for one whole year~~ and i can only say this site has become my morning coffee…

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 8:14 pm #

      Happy holidays xxx

  29. Anissa December 23, 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    Yes, yes, a thouand times yes!! Great choices (esp for 1 & 2)!

  30. Regina December 23, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    Fantastic list!
    Thank you for Tilda and Michelle-my fav looks of the year)
    Marry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!!
    ps i will die till january 4th(((i hate week ends because you dont post in week ends)))

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

      You are so sweet.

      We have so much coming up next year to look forward too.

  31. robbie December 23, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    *faints* i would never have guessed sharon stone would have been included in your list. dont know how i can cope without my daily fashion fix.

    hope you have an amazing christmas and year FC and sophie.

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

      thanks Robbie.

      Wishing you an amazing Christmas full of Jimmy Choo shoes xxx

      • robbie December 24, 2009 at 1:39 am #

        thank you 🙂


  32. zoe December 23, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    mmm, so your name is catherine. i think you might have told us before but i forgot. anyway, i love your list way better than the reader version. yes, none of the lists included michelle yeoh in green versace but i am happy you remembered anne hathaway’s fantastic valentino moment as well as michelle obama in glittering peter soronen. she looks great in soronen’s designs. diane kruger in marchesa was also amazing. all of these looks definitely deserve to be on this list.

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

      thanks Zoe xx Happy Holidays

  33. Rosie December 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    I love Tilda Swinton – that look was made for her.

    Thanks so much RCFA team, you’ve been steadily part of my routine for the past year

    Merry Christmas and hope you both have a fabulous new year xxxx

  34. Erika December 23, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    How sad is it, that the Great Cate is not on your list this year? She really had a quiet year, let’s hope for more of Mrs Blanchett for 2010! And I love your top 4, especially Kerry 🙂 Merry Christmas and big thanks for making this wonderful blog!

  35. nicole December 23, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    love ure entire list!!!
    Happy holidays ladies.

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

      thanks Nicole Happy Holidays

  36. mol December 23, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Love the surprise of your list – especially the addition of Sharon! And I was so happy to see Daphne L. on the list, as she ranked high on my own personal list. Here’s to next year and thanks for a great 2009!

  37. Joana Oliveira December 23, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    I would trade your number 8 for January Jones in Atelier Versace at the Emmy Awards!!!

    I’m sorry to say that I don’t think Michelle Obama is all that….!!
    Strapless?? With those shoulders?? BIG NO NO!!!
    She’s way to Buff for my taste!!
    I’m hoping that this Obama veneration Ends Soon!!!

  38. Flutterbang December 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm #

    Now what am I going to look at all day when I’m online? :'(

    A great best dressed list, FC, and a great blog this year, too. All the best, and I look forward to seeing you blogging again next year ^_^

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 6:16 pm #


      First week back we have the People’s Choice Awards then Awards season kicks in, so lots of great looks to look forward to.

  39. nisha December 23, 2009 at 6:00 pm #

    enjoyed going through the award posts.its so exciting. happy holidays. can’t wait for next year. thanks FC for a great year of posting

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

      happy holidays Nisha

  40. Morgane December 23, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    happy holidays FC en Sophie!! Thanks for all the work you’ve put into this website and for making every day a bit more fashionable and fabulous for us.

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

      Happy Holidays.

      Thanks for your kind words xxx

  41. Ally December 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    Yes! I’m so glad you included Daphne Fernandez. She looked beyond amazing. 🙂 The other picks are great too, but I thought DAphne would be forgotten. Happy Holidays, FC and Sophie!

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

      How could I forget Daphne. She was amazing.

      Happy Holidays xx

  42. Bego December 23, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    I’m surprised to see Daphne Fernandez in the list, but anyway, great great list FCritics!!
    enjoy your holidays, and all the best for 2010! I love your site, thanks for running it so wonderfully well!

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

      Thanks Bego.

      See you in 2010

  43. ber December 23, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    I completely forgot about that Kerry Washington look. She looks amazing! Thanks for the reminder!

  44. ella December 23, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    wow…it IS really different and unexpected but my best picks would be Kerry, Mrs O and Zoe! ….stunning as always.Great post anyways.
    Happy Christmas and thanks to the RCFA team for the great work done.
    Be back next year for more!!! : D

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

      I did say mine was totally different.

      thanks. Glad you appreciate our work.

  45. CreoleLady December 23, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    Fabulous list, FC. But there was one choice that took me completely by surprise – Sharon Stone. Now that’s one name I did not expect on a RFCA BDOTY list, lol.-

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

      LOL. I understand, but she was outstanding in this gown.

  46. December 23, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    wowwww i love your end of the year polls!!!

    have a nice holidays!!! i’ll miss your uploads during christmas!!!!


    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

      happy holidays x

  47. mm December 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    Wow, That is my favorite look from Michelle Obama in Peter Soronen. I am glad Kerry Washington made your list, even though that wasnt my favorite look for her, I have loved her choices all year. Your pics were pretty different from the voters. I think William Cowper quote fits here “Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor” – Happy Holidays

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

      It was mine too even though I love the Jason Wu look the Soronen look blew me away

  48. Maud December 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm #

    Happy holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
    Can’t wait to see what you gonna come up with in 2010. Love your blog!!!
    “Best Fashion Website Of The Year”……………..

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

      thanks Maud.

      I’m just glad you are sharing and enjoying my obsession.

      Happy Holidays x

  49. Dora December 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    Lucy Liu deserves to be BDOTY. I’m surprised you prefer Anne to Kerry. But this is yr choice.

    Happy Holidays!

    • Fashion Critic December 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

      I adored Anne in this look and even considered her for No.1

  50. Jessica December 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm #


    • Ally December 28, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

      i know. i totally cosign. I love her sooo much!

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