Top 15 BEST 2012 Red Carpet Looks: 5 to 1

Posted on December 28, 2012

The very BEST of the BEST for the year, darlings! Can you stand it? We’re going to go out on a limb here and say, when all is said and done, no, you won’t stand for it. But debate is part of the fun, is it not? You call us crackheads and we silently judge you for your lack of refinement. It’s what the holiday season is all about, kittens.

Ready?

 

5. Katy Perry in Fausto Puglisi

Katy Perry attends the Roc Nation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch in a Fausto Puglisi dress paired with Charlotte Olympia pumps.

Just an utterly perfect blending of her Saturday-morning-cartoon/sugar-cereal aesthetic and high fashion polish. She looks eye-catching as hell, oddly beautiful, and totally herself.

 

4. Kristen Stewart in Zuhair Murad

Kristen Stewart attends the UK Premiere of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ in Zuhair Murad.

Okay, wait. Let us explain.

Look, our whole take on celebrity red carpet fashion is that it’s about telling a story with yourself and making an impact with your clothes. It doesn’t always come down to “Is this pretty/not pretty?” As Saint Oscar said, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. And considering most of her year was spent with people talking about her sex life, rather than her work, we think this was a LOUD AND CLEAR message at the opening of her biggest film that she wasn’t going to be shamed for her decisions.

Is it pretty? Not the point. For most of that week, this look was what the fashion and celebrity press were talking about. Mission accomplished, big time.

 

3. Rooney Mara in Valentino

Rooney Mara attends the premiere of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” in Rome in Valentino.

This, on the other hand, is just plain old pretty. For most of the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” poledance, she was playing up her own performance by dressing more than a little oddly for the red carpet. The goal was to be unsettling and a little avant garde; a couture version of the character. It was a brilliant way to go. But here, she shed the Audreybot image and just went for full-on Audrey, choosing a dress that’s remarkably plain, given how much impact the look has.

But this set of pictures should be handed out to every starlet with the heading, “NEVER Underestimate the Value of a Fabulous Makeup Job.” That is some SERIOUS face-giving.

 

 

2. Anne Hathaway in Givenchy Couture

Anne Hathaway attends the world premiere of ‘Les Misérables’ in London in a Givenchy couture gown.

And as high-impact, “This is the NIGHT of my CAREER” looks go, this one from Annie would be hard to top. Her Les Miz poledance has been suitably attention-seeking and predictably annoying at times, as have her red carpet choices, but this one represented a personal best in a year full of personal bests for her. It’s outrageously dramatic, uber-high fashion, and dripping with diva elegance. Best of all, it’s challenging. This is not a dress for everyone; not to wear and not to like. She could have picked something with old school Hollywood glamour and kept it relatively easy to digest for the public, but instead, she chose something odd and came out of it looking amazing.

 

And finally, our soon-to-be-controversial (like, in the next 45 seconds) choice for the very best celebrity look of the year:

 

1. Helena Bonham-Carter in Vivienne Westwood

Helena Bonham Carter received a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) Medal at Buckingham Palace in a red tartan Vivienne Westwood dress.

And just as “dress to be noticed/make a statement/tell a story about yourself” is a cornerstone of the T Lo Way of Bitchery, so too is “Know your venue” and “know yourself.” Dress appropriately for the occasion, but find a way to make sure who you are comes through. And no one is better at that on the celebrity landscape than HBC.

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Who but she could show up to meet the Queen – after playing her mother in a hit movie – dressed like a punk rock/Victorian streetwalker? More importantly, who could do it and look this good?

Because, come ON:

THAT is freaking adorable. The jaunty little hat and killer shoes really make the look.

 

 

 

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