Top 15 BEST 2012 Red Carpet Looks: 15 to 11

Posted on December 26, 2012

Darlings, we can’t be critical bitches all the time, you know. It’s bad for the skin. So let’s all privately stand up for and salute those celebrities who aimed for fierce and hit the mark this year. Attagirls. And boys.


15. Gwen Stefani in Balmain

Gwen Stefani attends the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles in Balmain.

‘Tis a risky choice, we admit. But this was the Year of the Ladypant on the red carpet, and as we all saw, plenty of ladies found these newfangled contraptions just impossible to figure out. Miss Gwen is working both a high fashion and rocker chick look simultaneously, and she’s killing it by looking every inch herself.


14. Dita von Teese in Valentino Couture


Dita Von Teese attends event at Cafe Royal in London in Valentino Couture dress paired with Christian Louboutin pumps.

Muthafuckin Snow White realness.



13. LeeLee Sobieski in Christian Dior Couture

Leelee Sobieski attends the Christian Dior Spring 2013 show during Paris Fashion Week.

Sharp, fierce, and high-impact (,they wrote, after slamming their Fashion Thesaurus shut triumphantly). This is how you want to look when you’re getting your picture taken coming out of the Paris fashion shows.


12. Ewan McGregor in Balenciaga

Ewan McGregor attends the premiere of ‘The Impossible’ in Los Angeles in Balenciaga.

Because it makes us sigh and smile.



11. Rihanna in Raf Simons and Acne

Rihanna switches on the Christmas Lights at Westfield Stratford City in London wearing a Raf Simons coat and Acne top and pants.

Yes, yes. Another risky choice. We can hear the screams of protest as we type. But again, in this Year of the Ladypant, we feel the need to applaud those ladies who found high-impact ways of wearing them. She’s definitely serving up Huxtable on a platter, but this is very well put together (veering close to too matchy for its own good) and manages to look both polished and a little funkily memorable. Haters, as they say, are wont to hate, but we stand firm on this one. Ri pulled it off.


    • momogus

      Oh Ewan’s gunmetal wingtips….sigh…..

      • MK03

        They’re so shiny I can see myself in them…

        • call_me_schmeg

          can his pants be extra shiny? because i want to see myself in those. hey-oh!

          • Maureen T. McClain

            Miss Gwen is working both a high fashion and rocker chick look simultaneously, and she’s killing it by looking every inch herself. …

          • Kristin McNamara

            The “hey-oh!” is what makes this as wonderful as it is. Thank you for that! I laughed out loud! :)

    • Monday1900

      I’d put #15 and #11 on my worst list and I think Dita has looked better than #14 but to each his own.  Ewan is just…sigh!

      • Dollsaga

        oh, yes.  #15 & #11 go straight to the donation box.  hope salvation army will be able to sell them at good prices. :(

      • KC

        I think #15 is great, but I agree that #11 is a bit unsure. It has potential but I don’t think it is there. But I really love Gwen’s looks, she looks so cool and not like how most celebs look.

    • PaulaBerman

      Hate the Rihanna. As Uncle Tim would say, de gustibus! You could have filled out this entire list with Miss Dita, but it’s nice that you included Ewan. Love those shoes.

      • tmchale

        I bet they’re a bitch to keep clean.

    • Danielle Lisle

      I would have awarded Ewan the #1 spot on those shiny shoes alone.

      Gwen is KILLING it. I need her gay.

    • Dhammadina

      Re: Rihanna — Pulling it off may mean that fabulous coat but otherwise it’s French sailor suit meets prison break on the way to the circus without stopping to hem your getaway garb.

      • gabbilevy

        Agreed. Hated it when it came through the blog the first time, and hate it on second viewing. I guess i just don’t “get” fashion sometimes, if this monstrosity of prison pajamas gets called fashion.

        • Kristin McNamara

          I often feel that I don’t “get” fashion when I read this site…. and yet, I keep comin back!
          Absolutely can’t stand Ri’s outfit here. Prison garb is all I see.

      • Sobaika

        I think it’s a decent look (in a cartoonish way) and she is pulling it off, but it certainly doesn’t belong on any best of the year list.

        • Derek_anny

           I think I would like it better if the shirt were 4 stripes shorter.

          • jtabz

             … and the pants (!)

    • Glam Dixie

      HATE Rhi’s outfit more than I can possibly manage to convey to you, but as they say, to each their own.

      • Kenisha Hill Phillips

        Dita would be #5 for me, at least. Agree about Rihanna.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          Dita’s great accomplishment here is to wear a tight, structured bodice that she actually fills out without appearing to have smushed her bosom into oblivion and without serving up baby heads.  So many, many people get it wrong one way or the other.

      • Kelly Sowers

         Dita holds the crown, as far as my opinion goes. Being #14 is an insult! Rihanna’s outfit looks like pajamas. Really bad pajamas.

    • Catherine Katz

      “Haters, as they say, are wont to hate…”  Ahhh, proper commas and the word wont deployed correctly in one sentence!  You’ve just made my day!  And I like that one!  

      • lovelyivy

        Adding to your kudos- at this point  my brain reads “wont” as a misspelling of “won’t”- it seems much more common than the correct usage of the word. Nice to see it used properly!

    • elleg929

      Feel like Rihanna only got credit for actually wearing clothes as opposed to going nude as she usually does.

    • MilaXX

      My only quibble is Dita. Not because she isn’t fierce, but because I think she’s worn better outfits than this. I hate those shoes and the way they distract from the look.

      • decormaven

        I hope the outfit Miss Dita wore with the fabulous umbrella is featured further up the list. 

    • Vivi N

      I can’t with the Rihanna choice. I…just…can’t.

      Gwen’s look would’ve been much higher on my list. I need to replicate this outfit in my own little way very, very soon.

      Ewan looks fantastic!

    • Linda Harris

      Rihanna’s pants are way too long

      • SusanB

         It’s the way her shoes stretch out the pant cuffs.  Ugh, I can’t.

    • Judih1

      I like Rhianna’s look  – but don’t you think the pants should have been hemmed or is that part of the look?

      • myristica_fragrans

        she’s too edgy for hemmed pants, don’t you know!
        *thug life*

      • MilaXX

         loaner clothes. The designer likely did not want them hemmed.

        • colleenjanel

           It is possible to shorten the length of pants and even taper without permanently altering them.

    • myristica_fragrans

      rihanna looks like she escaped from clown prison.

      • Kristin McNamara

        I was thinking linebacker prison.

    • Stella Zawistowski

      Rihanna…yep, I’m gonna hate. But I’ll side with TLo on Gwen’s mastery of the ladypants.

    • call_me_schmeg

      ewan makes me squeeeeeeeeeee and i don’t care who knows it!

    • Rachel Seissler

      This list needs more Fan Bingbing!

      • tired_mommy

        Think she’ll be closer to #1.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I can see Fan BingBing definitely in the Top Ten, maybe Top Five.

    • emily

      I can’t with #11. The pants are too long, and the proportions are off in an unacceptable manner. But to each his own.

      • Kristin Standafer

        The proportions are so off, I feel like she looks like a character from Beetlejuice that got her head shrunk…

    • julnyes

      I hate Rihanna’s outfit and think she looks ridiculous. This is not because I am jealous of her or a Hater (I hate the whole haters gonna hate thing), but because it is a bad look from hair to pants covered heels.

    • Introspective

      Gwennie is a bad bitch. Working the shit outta that zbornac blinged out blazer and those second skin pants like they owe her a paycheck. 

      that is ALL. 

    • miagain

      “she pulled it off”… til you get to the hem of her Rihanna pants… then you lost me!

    • Alisa Rivera

      Am I the only person who thinks Gwen Stefani is overpraised in the style department? Her hair and makeup are looking terribly dated at this point. And I hate that jacket. 

      • Vickiefantastico

        Here’s one person who completely agrees with you!

      • Kent Roby

         No doubt!  Hehe.

      • DCSheehan

        Joining this club. Is there wine?

      • In_Stitches

        I disagree about Gwen on the whole, she’s normally well turned out, but I will agree on this look here.  It’s a bit too literally 80’s Madonna.  

      • MilaXX

         I think Gwen mostly gets it right with staying true to her own personal style while still managing to look her age.

    • Miss_Led

      Screams in protest…

    • rumcg66

      Even if Rihanna’s outfit didn’t look like some misguided attempt at prison chic, the length of those pants alone should keep this off a best-dressed list.  What have you two been drinking??

      • Vickiefantastico

        Lots of spiked egg nog, I think. :-)

    • Sarah

      Sorry, y’all, but as much as I want to give over to your opinion on RiRi’s outfit, and I’m not really mad at it overall, those pants slinking over her entire heel just make me crazy.

    • Roosevelt 85

      I think the rest will include Karolina K. at the Met Ball in Rachel Zoe; Solange in that white chic dress

      • understateddiva

        Seconded on Solange – she pulled off the cape-like detail like no other.

    • LittleKarnak

      OK with everything except RiRi…that’s fug.

    • Kent Roby

      I’m projecting Tilda Swinton and Helen Mirren in a dead heat for the #1 spot.  Ewan would take it easily, if he were kind enough to show up on any red carpet completely naked.  ;)

    • Judy_J

      I guess I missed the Rihanna post the first time around. That is one attention-getting look, and she’s not baring any skin at all! Atta girl, Rhi-Rhi! Fashion with a capital F!

      • MilaXX

         I’m one of the few that liked Rhi Rhi’s look for it’s Denise Huxtable realness. My only quibble then and now is that the pants were hemmed. Sadly in this day and age of loaned clothes we see this all too much. Still it was not a deal breaker for me.

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      Ri-ri looks like she’s wearing her date’s clothes.

    • e jerry powell

      Love the look, but is Leelee Sobieski still a thing these days?

      • foodycatAlicia

        She did have a moment again this year. All of a sudden she was out and about a lot.

        • e jerry powell

          A very brief moment, apparently. A B-movie and three TV things, the last of which was a bizarre police procedural of dubious quality for mid-season/summer CBS (though I think “dubious quality” and “mid-season/summer” may be redundant, particularly for CBS).

    • Little_Olive

      Nonono to Rihanna’s look. Even she has been better dressed. If its only merit is that she is wearing ladypants, we are grading on too generous a curve. 

    • Markatha

      Rihanna looks like she just escaped prison in her cellmates outfit.   And the shellacked hair looks like a hat. 

    • unbornfawn

      I can agree with everything on the list with the exception of the hideousness that is Rihanna’s outfit. Those pants are way to long and hug her shoes terribly, an inexcusable flaw with lady pants. The whole outfit is too large and fitted poorly. In no way a best. Just glad she’s covered up for a change.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        You raise a valid point about the length of Rihanna’s pants. TLo regularly call out male celebs for not having their pants hemmed to be the correct length, so let’s be gender-neutral and hold ladystars to the same rule. for ladystars to get any kind of kudo for wearing ladypants on the RC, let’s encourage them to do the right thing by wearing well-fitted, correctly hemmed ones.  Tough fashion love is what’s required, fellow kittens.

    • Markatha

      Love Ewan’s shoes!  Now those took some shoe-shinning. 
      For a guy who loves being naked (and I’m not complaining) he really knows how to wear clothes.

    • mhleta

      Yes to everything, but you get the Golden WTF? Award for this Rihanna business. Fit? Hello?

    • AliceAlicia

      I like the Rihanna look.  It’s not something I would wear but that’s not the point.  I think the silhouette and the styling are interesting and funky.  DVT is pretty but fashion wouldn’t be an art form if it was only about looking like a living pin-up doll in photo after photo.

    • alyce1213

      Not on board with Rihanna.  It’s eye-catching, yeah so it’s pants, but really . . . it’s just too damn jokey and fits like a clown suit.

    • Laylalola

      Oh no. No no no no no. 

    • Dan_In_NYC

      I mean, as much as I am in love with your use of Atta-girl (and moreso the movie it references) – you have achieved a new high with the Huxtable reference.  Ri is definitely delivering 100% Denise Huxtable realness here.  

      Makes me long for late-80s era Keisha Knight Pulliam as Rudy – who was so, so much MORE than Raven-Symone ever was as Olivia.  (Yes, I just put Raven on blast.)

    • Vera

      While DVT is always impeccable, I don’t think the Valentino is her best look, and I just can’t with those hems on RiRi.  She has had better looks this year too.  Gwen is killing it, and love Ewan’s shoes.

    • somebody blonde

      You know, you guys bitch ALL the time about the men’s pants-length… and then give Rihanna a complete pass on hers? I could go for   Huxtable realness, but it would have to be better fitted than this.

    • kingderella

      this is all fine so far.

      solange in rubin singer HAS to make an appearance on this list.

    • Zippypie

      Rihanna’s prison look.  No, no, no!  The pant length, boys!  What about the pant length!  And the hugeness of the jacket.  I give her props for the risk but it’s a bagtastic tent.

      Ewan, on the other other hand…..SIGH!!

      • SRQkitten

        Amen Zippy! The others I’m completely fine with, but Ri-Ri, no. Just. NO. Dita and Ewan are perfect,


    • unbornfawn

      Still love the Dior LeeLee Sobieski is wearing. And thanks for including Ewan.

    • bertkeeter

      What are you two smoking? Send me some!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Personally I’d rank LeeLee and Dita ahead of Rihanna.  I’m completely on board with Ewan McGregor-delicious.

    • Claudia Berry

      Sorry, guys, do NOT agree on RIhanna there.

    • Trisha26

      Disagree on the Rihanna outfit – hein, hiddy, and très horrible.

    • sweetsadness

      These Best and the Rest Top 15s are a really good idea – but please think about separating out the Men and Women into individual lists – if only because it means we can enjoy reading your comments in two further lists.

    • DesertDweller79

      Ewan! And his shiny shoes! Sigh.  Lovely.

    • Imasewsure

      I don’t like the RiRi but I respect it… not one of my tops but I get it…fun awesome five so far!

    • ccm800

      Y’all were in your Christmas cheer (multiple glasses) when you put Rhianna on here in that ill fitting pajama crack party with a Blair Warner jacket. 

    • formerlyAnon

      Ms. Sobieski & Rhianna are my faves of this cohort. But I do wish Rhianna’d had someone hem those pants. The length takes the look down, quite a bit.

    • formerlyAnon

      P.S. Ms. Stefani deserves her slot for that jacket alone, but she squeaks in as a barely-made-it for the cliched bra top & blingy cross underneath it. She may be doing rocker chic, but she’s demonstrated the ability to do it without stooping to such tired tropes.

    • marigi

      Bold choices, bravo(s)!!!! But you could have left out Dita the snoozefest unless you made a list of the celebrities that always wear the same stuff. The “of course” comment could apply to her as well, every single time…

    • RzYoung

      Rhianna’s a ‘no’ from me, she looks like the 1980s 7Up animation

    • Lilithcat

      Can’t agree about Stefani or Rihanna.  In both cases, “oversize” is in overdrive and gone all the way to “way too big”.  MacGregor has the opposite problem.  His suit is too small for him.

    • EEKstl

      I want everything on Leelee, including those killa shoes – THAT is how you do a neutral shoe, bitches!  
      Ewan – sigh.  
      Rhianna: Ok, I’ll give it to you that she is pushing the envelope well, but does the envelope boundary have to include pants that desperately  need hemming and a coat that’s too big as well?  If it all fitted her better I’d be more gung-ho.  

    • Noelle Haland

      Oh dear god, the proportions of that getup give Rhianna a total pinhead! Plus, it’s just plain FUG. YUCK. I canNOT agree with you there.

    • ojosazules

      R is a big box of stripes. That hemline with those heels- a visual disaster.
      Ewan and Leelee, though, are killing it. 

    • Sixteen_Baranski

      Rihanna’s jacket is just shapeless and the sleeves are too long. I can see what she was going for and I LOVE the collar – but the look sagged in the middle.

    • xmixiex

      I got tingly when I realized i’d be seein some ewan on these here lists.  and how can you POSSIBLY EVER POSSIBLY SAY that rhianna’s ladypants are better than Gwen’s?  RI LOOKS RIDIC.

    • l_c_ann

      I’m having trouble agreeing with you on Rihanna. 

      At least it makes her look tall.

    • libraangel

      I agree with you on these, T&L, but wish LeeLee had worn a different shoe color – not sure exactly what, but not sure about the white. Otherwise, she looks divine. And Ewan! I can hardly stand it! He is scrumptious!

    • bitterk

      Lee Lee crushed it

    • Fatima Siddique

      I don’t get the appeal of Rihanna’s look. I can’t look at it without thinking “Dick Tracy villain”.

    • Shawn EH

      Riri looks so tall in all those stripes!

    • tmchale

      How did Rihanna get on this list?

    • sleah_in_norcal

      i can’t even look at riri without wanted to jerk those pantlegs up off her heels.  looks like she about to trip and rip something.  otherwise, she is giving dr.suess realness.

    • kolokOlchik

      You put the concentration camp uniform on the best dressed list?  I can’t!

    • KatieKissinger

      14 and 11, just no.  13 is the best that LeeLee Sobieski has ever looked, fabulous coat!

    • bd73

      rihanna’s look gives me a kick. it’s so ’80s, even the hair. the denise huxtable reference is dead on. in that i remember being a teen when that look was considered hot – including the matchy-matchy – it’s quite a success.