Top 15 BEST 2012 Red Carpet Looks, 10 to 6

Posted on December 27, 2012

Kittens, what we like about this list so far is that it’s full of people who don’t exactly have stellar red carpet records. In other words, there are a lot of “personal bests” on this list and that fills our hearts with warmth because we’re all about the positive reinforcement here at T Lo Worrying About Celebrity Feelings, Inc.

Onward, bitches.


10. Robert Pattinson in Gucci

Robert Pattinson attends ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ World Premiere in a Gucci suit paired with Bally shoes.

You don’t have to wear a beautifully fitted green Gucci suit to get on our list, but it definitely helps.



9. Tina Fey in Vivienne Westwood

Tina Fey attends the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in a Vivienne Westwood dress paired with Fred Leighton jewelry and a Roger Vivier clutch.

A polish and sophistication she hasn’t shown before; or at least, not on this level. This is such a personal best for her that we find it hard to believe she’ll ever be able to top it. The very definition of “looking spectacular.”


8. Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe.

Karolina Kurkova attends the Met Gala 2012 in a Rachel Zoe Collection gown paired with Sergio Rossi shoes and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Because sometimes, you just need a supermodel to show you how to have fun with your fashion. It’s all a game of dressup and we all have our own full-length mirrors to vamp in front of.


7. Carey Mulligan in Prada.

Carey Mulligan attends the Met Gala in a Prada dress and shoes paired with Neil Lane Jewelry.

A choice that surprised us, but she really nailed it on how to take her prim, English Rose style and glam it up for the New York Fashion World. She’s serving up 21st Century Hitchcock blonde here and prior to this, we wouldn’t have though she had it in her.



6. Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

Octavia Spencer attends the Oscars in a Tadashi Shoji gown.

The world shouldn’t need yet another lesson in how women over size 6 can rock the high-end fashion, but Miss Octavia was more than game to demonstrate it once again, showing up at the Oscars in a personal-best look for her.



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  • Introspective




    ok I can calm down now. phew. all that sequined fabulousness was making me short circuit a minute ago.

    • I think it’s hysterical that Karolina’s shoes are given credit.

      • call_me_schmeg

        “wearing the shoes no one gives a damn about or will ever remember seeing (because they never saw them).” she could be rocking chucks under there and we’d never know.

    • kaycem

      my reaction basically every time i see that picture set. 🙂

    • Sobaika

      The only appropriate reaction to that outfit.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I love that Karolina Kurkova has that “bow down, bitches” expression as she turned around to show off the back view of this gown.

    • sleepycat

      She gives me life in that dress. Realness is served on a platter.

    • TieDye64

      And she’s rocking a f*cking turbin! Bow down, bitches.

  • Miss Octavia took us all to school this year when it comes to dressing when you actually have, you know, boobs ‘n such. Brava to her and her go-to, Tadashi.

    • cleverlady

      And, how about that woman behind Octavia with the name badge rockin’ the beautiful cream lady-suit  .  She got it right, too

      • Introspective

        I totally noticed her in the background too when I first looked at the pic. 

        I assumed that she is part of Octavia’s team, and that a prerequisite for being on her team is to be able to rock skirts, dresses and ladypants with equal parts fierceness.

    • She looked so good in it, she actually smized.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Now if Octavia could have a quiet tete-a-tete with Melissa McCarthy about how you can dress your womanly curves fabulously. 

  • MilaXX

    Tiny Fey does indeed look spectacular in the dress, but I tip my hat to Olivia Spence simply because she had a shorter learning curve. IIRC she started the season pole dancing for her movie only doing so – so on the RC and by awards season she was shutting it down.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yup. Brains & attention to detail. 

  • Alisa Rivera

    Ooh, can’t get on board with Carey Mulligan. Her hair is too shellacked and the dress is so stiff it looks like it could stand on its own. I like the concept but the execution isn’t great. 

    I’d forgotten that dress on Tina Fey. I’ve seen her in person and she is tiny and beautiful and it rarely translates to photos. Here it does.

    • kschwarting

      I completely agree on Carey.  The look ages her and the dress seems too stiff (as does the hair). 

      Tina is my girl crush, and she looks spectacular here.

    • MK03

      My first thought when I saw Carey’s dress was “Sailor Galaxia hits the red carpet.” Fellow nerds, you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout.

      • mhleta

        Yeah, I really hate Carey Mulligan’s dress, too. It’s so hard and nothing about the styling helps soften it. 

  • Kristy Evans

    I think the BEST part about ole R. Patt’s look is that he is clean shaven and his hair has been washed. The suit is beautifully fitted and a fantastic color, yes…but let’s give kudos to actually, you know, “cleaning up” for the red carpet.

    • YoungSally

      still looks like he only washed the parts that show….I am pretty sure the rest of his body is still unwashed.

      • Zelly64

        Really??  You’re pretty sure?? How much of a fool are you? And how stupidly offensive is your comment. Rude.

        • YoungSally

          Sorry you took offense, none meant..although others seemed to consider it amusing.

          • There’s not a lot you can do about a true fan-girl. I thought you were funny.

    • Laylalola

      I just can’t get on board with even this marginally cleaned-up version of him being a Top 10 Best red carpet look of the year.

    • TieDye64

      I can’t stand the guy, but did you look at what the suit really looks like up close? Exquisite!

  • FrayedMachine

    I absolutely ADORE Fey in that dress. She just looks absolutely positively flawless. I’d absolutely love to have a similar dress, except maybe a bit shorter since I won’t be walking down the red carpet any time soon.

  • warnerave

    damn, i really really want that green Gucci suit!!

  • nannypoo

    I do not like Carey Mulligan’s fish costume even one tiny little bit. I also do not like the swimming cap that Karolina Kurkova chose to wear with her mermaid outfit. Otherwise, this list and the ones preceding it have some surprising and right-on-target choices. 

  • I think the Vivienne Westwood is a bit unkind to Tina’s boobs, but overall she looked so good in that dress! Definite PB.

  • jilly_d

    It warms my black heart to see Ms. Fey on this list. I just love her and she truly looked spectacular in that gown.

  • Monday1900

    Octavia would be #1 or #2 this year for me, she looked fantastic. 

    Karolina is too Norma Desmond for me to put in a “Best” list, but she’s clearly having fun, which is cool.

    Tina Fey looks great but I have to wince at how that dress fits her in the bust. 

    I think Carey Mulligan looks like a scary fish/robot in that dress–I don’t like it at all.

    • Yes, scary FishRobot. I agree!

  • L.

    So.. the plan is to put ONE one look from the OTHER lists in each of these best posts just to rattle our cages?  You guys are not fooling us.  We know which looks actually belong on the other list.  😀

    • MsBusy

      Agree — very astute, L. It’s a great way to stir the pot and rack up the comments!

  • thumbs up for everyone. Pattinson looks quite good and I can’t stand the guy. Something about a perfectly fitted suit is just so attractive. Karolina doesn’t even need the commentary.

    Octavia Spencer is shutting it down. She looks amazing.

  • Vickiefantastico

    You know, I actually agree with all of your choices here. Tina Fey looks fabulous, Octavia Spencer is gorgeous, Carey Mulligan makes weird fashion look glamorous, Karolina Kurkova is SERVING IT, and Robert Pattinson actually looks like a movie star for once. I won’t mention yesterday’s travesties, and just be happy I’m not stamping my feet in frustration. 😉

  • alyce1213

    Redemption! Great representation of some personal bests, especially Tina and Octavia.

  • marilyn

    Tina needs to cover the tan lines on her boobage.  Carey’s dress looks hideous.  There.  I said it.

  • Elizabeth Anjos

    Oi Robert Pattinson tem serteza que vc olha direito para á Kristen ,sabe porque pode ser que eu esteja enganada mas todos os sintomas dela é de gravides em ja andei reparando nas filmagem dela eu acho que a barriga dela já esta ate aparecendo ,se ela não te contou é por que ela não quer atrapalhar vc com asua familha, e pode ser que ela esta com medo que vc vai embora para cempre , ela não quer isso ele ama muinto vc verefica isso serto bjs ……..

  • kcarb1025

    KK should’ve been much higher up in this list.

  • Octavia just has to be driving a lot of business to Tadashi Shoji! I hope he’s grateful.

  • kaycem

    karolina and carry should’ve been higher, but if these are the middle pack i can’t wait to see who’s in the top!

  • SewingSiren

    No argument from me on any of these. But my special favorite is Carey Mulligan. Her dress looks inspired by the mechanical owl in the Harry Hamlin version of Clash of the Titans. Awesome.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Good reference there to that mechanical owl created by the late, great Ray Harryhausen, Sewing Siren!

      •  I believe the fabulous Ray is still living (age 92).

  • Roosevelt 85

    Please remove Carey Mulligan from this list. It’s stiff and just like you would say Anne Hathaway shouldn’t try “twee” this girl shouldn’t try to do edgy.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    TLO hates Carey, that’s why they placed her a notch above Karolina.  So Karolina will murder Carey (using only her bitchface) and TLO will not be implicated. 

    Good Lord I can’t wait for the tops.  I am thinking Salma Hayek, Diane Kruger, Ewan McGregor and Kelly Rowland are up there and I bet Fan Bing Bing takes it.

    • JulieTy

      Oh yes! Fan Bing Bing!!

  • NinjaCate

    All of these are so amazing that I can’t even pick a favourite. But it’s Tina. Tina is my favourite.

  • I can see myself in Cary Mulligan’s dress.  I mean, I can literally SEE myself in her dress!  I love that she is willing to slice her young skin to shreds in the name of fashion; other young starlets should take note of her dedication.  And as for Karolina:  I’m fairly certain that she left Ru lying unconsious in an alley nearby wearing nothing but panties, but it was so worth the misdemeanor to make such an unforgettable red carpet appearance!

  • Call me Bee

    Karolina is wearing shoes?  WIth that dress dragging on the ground, she could be barefoot. 

  • spooki C

    That dress is doing weird things to Carey’s body. I don’t think that’s a good look at all. Such a heavy, stiff dress can’t be comfortable.

  • Belle239

    Octavia looks superb and glorious.  Can’t get on board with Tina Fey – the bodice is too low, dragging her boobs down and she looks hippy.  But her face looks wonderful so I’ll give her a bit of a nod.

  • Chaiaiai

    My FAVE part of Karolina’s look was TLo’s original comment “Ms. Ross asks that you do not rush the stage”.  BAM!  That’s how it’s done!

  • libraangel

    AWWW! You don’t want to hurt celebrities’ feelings. I agree with you that some have achieved their personal best, but I still don’t like two of the people/dress combinations. Tina Fey looks goofy in her dress, and I agree with Belle239 about that bodice: looks like her gold underwear has ridden up over the purple dress. Love Carey Mulligans’s dress; just wish ANYBODY else would have worn it!
    She doesn’t look right!

  • Wow, wow, wow love that green suit and the Vivienne Westwood number. Octavia Spencer looks divine in Tadashi Shoji.  Spectacular!

  • e jerry powell

    Shoji should be having Octavia’s babies.

  • formerlyAnon

    I agree with all, but unenthusiastically re: Ms. Mulligan. Can’t say you’re wrong, but there is a fem-bot quality I cannot embrace.

    Ms. Fey’s is one of my favorites from this year – possibly because it makes me feel like I’m somebody’s mother and am about to say “See? I TOLD you if you’d just stand up straight/get that hair out of your eyes/wear a COLOR, dear, not always that awful black/wear something that FITS you, with a proper waist, then EVERYbody could see how pretty you are!”

  • best or worst? I thought I read the title wrong. guess there is no differences–just switch to diferent Judge & jury

  • Imasewsure

    Love these and also love that they are personal WERQs….

  • Imasewsure

    Also love the old school glam of the two golden gowns….Lana Turner & Gloria Swanson “realness” done right. Golden WERQs

  • laurenoodle

    Every time somebody writes ‘ladypants’ I read it as ‘ladyparts’…

  • Introspective

    Wait– no TLounge?

    • Stubenville

      Apparently not. I’m terribly disappointed.

      • bringbackbeatles

        Me too!

  • guest2visits

    I loved Octavia’s dress; she looked fantastic in it.  I remember that Prada on Carey because Gwyneth wore the same Prada in white,
    I think, and it was a terrible fit for her. It looks so much better for Carey, especially without her pixie cut.
    I disliked how heavy, drag, and suffocating the gown was on Karolina; just one of my least favorites.
    Tina looked beautiful in a very unique looking Vivienne Westwood.  And not every guy can look as dashing in a green textured suit;
    one of Pattinson’s best.

  • Such a delightful surprise to see Tina Fey make the list. Not-so-delightful a surprise to see Mr.Pattinson. He looks good. Granted. But his face, ugh.

  • ccm800

    Octavia may actually be my fave look of the year. She looked spectacular. 

  • siriuslover

    I couldn’t even comment yesterday because I was so horrified by that Rihanna outfit being on the list. But today your list kept me calm. Love every look here, even Kurkova’s.

  • pdquick

    I loved that Octavia Spencer look at the time, and I love it even more now.

  • unbornfawn

    I think Octavia Spencer’s look is my favorite on the list so far. Perfect.

  • rainwood1

    We part ways on everyone except Octavia, T Lo.  That green Gucci suit makes my eyes hurt, the color makes Tina look washed out, and the other two are soooooo shiny.

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Fey looks surprisingly great and sexy. And Spencer looks marvelous. But Mulligan? Always looks horrible to me. Always looks about 40 with greasy skin and bad make-up. Maybe she looked better in person but the dress in these photos does not flatter IMO. 

    Since there is no T-Lounge, I just want to add that the winner tonight (can’t even remember his name) was SEVENTH in his season. Sorta calls into question the whole judging thing, the fact that he seems to be headed to the finale. 

  • I’m waiting for Lucy Liu to appear, she dressed fab this year

  • Annabelle Archer

    The Gumby suit? Really? 
    Tsk, I say.  I say tsk.

    Also, while like the others I love the Karolina look, I am distracted by the fabric across the lower back. It breaks the clean line of her stunning back. I just find myself wishing it wan’t there.

  • bitterk

    Octavia looks heaven sent.  Carey Mulligan divine.  

  • thelovelydove

    I would have picked Carey’s and Octavia’s looks as the best of the year, truthfully. 

  • libraangel

    Octavia is gorgeous!

  • Rebecca Jay

    I could gaze upon this Octavia Spencer all day.  That second picture – the smile, the pose, the elegance…..  I am.stunned.

  • understateddiva

    O Spence really knocked it out of the park this awards season!  She and her team made the most of her nom and win.  Savvy AND gorgeous, nice job!

  • if you chop r-pat’s head off, the green suit looks fab.  tina, you go girl in that royal purple.  octavia and karolina burning down the house!  carey:  sorry girl, but you look like a bell on the christmas tree.

  • KatieKissinger

    I forgot about Karolina at the Met Gala but the second I scrolled past it I squealed with delight.  Her entire look is head to toe delicious!