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.



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.

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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  • Interesting choices – I don’t like the Valentino but aside from that, amazing picks!

    • ChiliP

      Funny, the Valentino is the only look I *really* like. I also like the Westwood for being so very HBC and whimsical. The other three, especially that awful jumpsuit KStew is sporting, are questionable.

      • I love the awful jumpsuit. It was such a “Fuck you this Twilight catastrophe is almost over. Is the bar open?” moment. It is totally her in the way HBC’s outfit is totally HBC. Getting the statement and the fit of personality right is half the battle, and I think that is what these all show. The reason I don’t really like the Valentino is that it isn’t the echt expression of Audrey-bot.

        • ChiliP

           I dunno. The only statement KStew seems to be making is “Cher 2.0, now with added sequined ass reflections!” There are better ways to make a statement than this, imo.

          • She looks eye-catching as hell, oddly beautiful, and totally herself. …

        • FrayedMachine

          I think I would be a bigger fan of her in it if it actually felt like she was trying to own it. This is my over all issue with any of KStews avante guarde fashion choices. Everyone Oooos and Aaahhs because she chose to wear it but it always looks like it’s wearing her, not the other way around. To be honest, she looks best in her more frumpy looks because that tends to be the attitude she boasts. I think I’d have a better opinion of the jumpsuit if there was someone who’s personality and attitude actually matched it.

        • I agree! Heck, I would have worn a giant red “A” slapped on my butt. (FYI: There is in fact enough room for a GIANT “A” down here)

      • Stefanos Mantyla

         Fan Bingbing! Yes! How else can she miss a top 15? I was also hoping for some Salma Hayek entry; any, really. And I am almost certain there were more. This conclusion to the top 15 just seemed a bit of a clunker to me.

      •  Couldn’t agree more, Chili.

  • TLo, I demand (read: politely ask while I inhale my bagel and cream cheese) that you take back that K Stew monstrosity.  That thing is AWFUL.  Butt sequins and black lace jumpsuit?  NAY.

    • Barbra did it better. 

      • Inspector_Gidget

        Well, you’ve got to admit this is better than her usual schtick: standing around in a pretty gown looking super-uncomfortable and SO above all this fashion stuff.

        • Lori

          I could overcome my hatred of the entire idea of a sequined lace jumpsuit and go with that, except her butt was shiny. That is not right, I don’t care how much it was talked about or that it was an intentional FU to the people pitching a hissy fit about her sex life. Her ass reflected camera flash. There is no way I’m signing off on that.

          • j_anson

            Nobody in real life should dress in something that looks like it was designed by a second-tier Marvel artist for a third-tier Marvel villainess. In the 1970s.

          • formerlyAnon

            I do know what you  mean. But one could argue that the red carpet isn’t “real life” either. (Not that I’m going to, I think your position is defensible.)

          • j_anson

            Oh I totally agree. But for the red carpet it should be FIRST-tier Marvel villainess all the way. And still not from the 1970s.

          • formerlyAnon

            Better shiny butt than visible butt.

        • snarkmeister

          But she didn’t look particularly comfortable in this getup either.  If she’d had a total “fuck it, I’m WORKING this shit” look on her face, I could maybe get behind it, but she looks just as pouty and whiny and pissed off as she usually does.  There were other outfits that she looked a LOT better in, and a lot more *comfortable* in as well, this year.  A couple of times she looked downright attractive and happy.

          • FrayedMachine

            Ah! My thoughts exactly!

    • Meelah

       It’s not a bad jump suit it’s just that Kstew doesn’t do it any justice.  IMO she never looks right in anything other than what she wears to the grocery store.  She always looks like someone drove down to a construction site and picked the first woman they saw and put her in highly fashionable clothes but didn’t do anything to her hair or makeup.  Then on top of that she never looks confident or happy to be in what she’s in. Here she just looks like a sack of potatoes (tiny sack) in a Zuhair Murad.

  • Toto Maya

     Put down the crack, TLO. Not buying your explanations, this looks like a worst dressed list to me.

    • call_me_schmeg

      do you think working up the kittens into a bitter-y froth was a late holiday present tlo just gave themselves? 😉

      • Squarah

        Oh definitely!

      • AthenaJ

        Hmm possibly! Those naughty boys.

    • SnackBandit

       Two words on K-Stew: ASS. PANELS.
      Seriously…what the flannel?

    •  The Ann Hathaway pearl studded body bag was #15 on Yahoo’s worst list for the year.  Just sayin’…

      • andcoh

        YAHOO isn’t exactly a bastion of fashion.  I bet there top fifteen are the most boring dresses of the year.

  • lovelyivy

    I don’t really like any of these, but I do understand why you picked them- except for the Katy Perry. She does look very herself, but she has done that in better outfits IMO.

  • Vickiefantastico

    Laughing hysterically…

    Okay, so you’ll release the REAL top five later today? Right? Right?

    • gabbilevy

      I had to check the calendar and reassure myself it wasn’t April. 

      • mommyca

         Actually today is April’s fools in some countries (for example, in Argentina, it’s called “Day of the innocents”, same principle as April’s fools day).

    • j_anson

      Ha! Word.

    • DeborahJozayt

      I’m totally lacking refinement when I say “This is some bullshit.”

  • Kimbolina

    I really only like the Katy Perry and HBC.  Everything else…  Ehhhh.

  • nannypoo

    I absolutely agree about HBC. She made a brilliant choice for the event and she looks adorable. I can accept everything else here except the Kristen Stewart outfit. She could have found something slutty but attractive to make her point, yet she chose this. 

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I can understand HBC’s making this list since she is definitely being true to herself. 

    •  Nothing slutty yet attractive would have made the point quite so spectacularly.  It’s because of the whole awfulness of it — there is no possible reason anyone would wear this except to make a statement.

  • Cristian Valenzuela

    I agree with everything..

    except… that Kristen Stewart dress. Which I find downright AWFUL, unflattering, and makes her look ridiculously odd and uncomfortable. 

  • BazoDee

    Hmmm -thinking it over. I feel a little robbed on the HBC because that wasn’t really a red carpet. Hmmmm

    • For the purposes of this site, we define “red carpet” as any public appearance made by a celebrity where cameras and press will be present.

      Besides, HBC is one of the few people on this list literally standing on a red carpet.

  • Bree The Vole

    I had a different Kristen look in mind, but I can’t argue your arguments at all. Same with the rest, great choices.

  • choco

    TLO! love your “be yourself” attitude on these. My fav is definitely Anne in Givenchy–different, eyecatching, and glamorous in an unconventional way.

  • SewingSiren

    I love the Hathaway and the Bonham Carter. The white with pearls puts me in mind of a dress Debra Messing wore several years ago (Donna Karan maybe?) , anyway I liked that one too. And the Westwood that Helena is wearing, well I have one very similar to that, that I made myself (a few years ago too). So I know what I’ll wear if I ever meet Tom and Lorenzo. Though I’m suspecting Lorenzo may have had a little more to do with getting it on the “best”.

  • I wanna be Helena Bonham Carter when I grow up

    • VioletFem

      Don’t we all?

  • hmariec19

    Ya know what? I freakin’ loved KStew’s ass-sequin jumpsuit… thingy.  She looked great and it was the perfect way to say “KISS MY ASS, WORLD!”

    But that Givenchy dress on Anne Hathaway is truly awful.  Eye-catching, yes.  But ugly as sin.

    • mellbell

      What comes to mind when I see that picture of Anne Hathaway is the scene in “How To Steal A Million” where Peter O’Toole looks at Audrey Hepburn dressed as a scrubwoman and says, “Well, for one thing, it gives Givenchy a night off.” Anne should have given Givenchy a night off.

    • j_anson

      Right, because the woman who’s just made a crap-load of money because the world came to see her movies totally looks mature when she then tells the world to kiss her ass at the premiere of the next one.

      • hmariec19

        Ah yes, because Twilight actors are supposed to be paragons of maturity.

        I never said it was mature. I said I thought she looked good. 

      •  When the world thinks it gets a vote on her sex life, they got it coming to them. 

  • I don’t like the HBC one not because of her look, but because the dress looks kinda sloppy on her. Had it been a little polished (and ironed?), it would’ve looked perfect.

  • alyce1213

    No, especially Katy Perry and Anne Hathaway.

    • Because the masses are generally petty and misogynistic.   That’s why.  And that isn’t a good reason.

      • formerlyAnon

        This, exactly. Precisely. Well put.

      • alyce1213

        I think it’s ’cause she stinks as an actress.

  • Introspective

    not sure if I agree with katy or kristen. but Im loving Annie, and Im always excited to see HBC with her crazy self. 

    #s 5-1, even if I didnt concur with the entire lot, all made me think though. and that’s why I come to TLo time and again. For a cerebral take on celebrity sartorial choices. And I love you guys for it. 

    • libraangel

      p.s. I do love you dearly, T&L, even though I wrote the nasty stuff up above and disagree with everything you said here, I love your blog. Happy healthy New Year!

  • R. L.

    I can’t believe my favorite look didn’t make it!

  • Jessica Rowe

    I feel like you’re smoking crack, TLO.  That Anne Hathaway look is UGLY. Remember that liquid blue Armani Prive dress she wore at the Oscars?  If you compare the two looks, this look is just… just not good.  What about that Fan BingBing dress? And Kiera Nightly had some great looks. And Kate Middleton in Temperley! The list goes on and on…. you guys are just on crack. on crack.

    • I’m sure you can find most of them in the latest issue of People magazine. I think their year-end recap is due any day now, and only costs about 10 bucks.
      For the out-of-the-box choices, I’ll stick with TLo.

    •  Wasn’t that liquid blue dress 2011?

  • bertkeeter

    That lace jump suit on KS looks like something that got “aufed” on PR! HIDEOUS! Oh …..and did I say trashy! 

  • Love you guys.. but are you smoking crack? 

  • VioletFem

    I only really like and agreed with TLo’s explanations for HBC and Anne Hathaway. Rooney Mara doesn’t look bad, but she has looked better this year, same with Katy Perry. KStew looks laughable. I’m mostly disappointed with this list. 

  • Qitkat

    I had not seen Helena’s look before and thus was completely astonished that this is your #1 choice. But Bravo. It helps to keep in mind your reasoning:  “dress to be noticed/make a statement/tell a story about yourself” and ” Dress appropriately for the occasion, but find a way to make sure who you are comes through.”
    I’m dying to know what the Queen thought. They are so cute here together.

  • crash1212

    Spectacular choice for #1. I won’t quibble with the HBC FTW at all. I think all  5 are inspired and these types of choices are why I’m so addicted to T & Lo. Nicely done, gents. Have a great New Year – I’m so looking forward to 2012 Award Season!

  • BazoDee

    This doesn’t seem like best dressed this seems like “most defining” or “most fashion forward” to use a cliche term -but I’m not sure I can buy off on this as best dressed. I mean by defn -shouldn’t best dressed all be WERQs? 

    • vandeventer

       Technically this is Best Red Carpet Looks, not Best Dressed, so that should encompass “most defining” and “most fashion forward,” no?

      • BazoDee

        Still -if they are the BEST shouldn’t they be WERQs? The only WERQ on this 5 is Anne H. 

      •  Yes. There’s a reason these lists are not called “Best Dressed” and “Worst Dressed.”

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Wait… you omitted Salma Hayek in favour of entries like Katy Perry, K Stew, and HBC? Hathaway I always thought looked a bit like an insect in that, but I am overall OK with it at a top 5 entry. Overall, this was disappointing top 5. I expected better for some reason.

    It’s just that I thought Salma Hayek would have an entry here somewhere.

  • call_me_schmeg

    p.s. after having a back-and-forth with a coworker about whether or not fan bing bing would make the top 5, i’m kinda glad she didn’t. you could throw a dart a board of a million “look at me in this conventionally pretty pretty princess outfit” to make a top 5. also, our gay uncles like to screw with our heads. 

  • msdamselfly

    The best I’ve ever seen HBC look offscreen

  • Nariya

    I’d have agreed with the KStew choice if she had looked like she owned it, but mostly she just looks lost.  Love HBC as a pick though; I’m pleasantly surprised!

  • kelsita421

    but what about fan bingbing?! she is my 2012 fav! this one, especially! –>

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    until i don’t get it.  i don’t get it.  i can get the choice of hbc maybe, and if it’s going to be hbc she best be in westwood.  but my pretend pottery teaching lesbian aunt annie hathaway’s dress looks awful.

  • Ha ha ha!  You guys were stoned when you picked the top five right?  

  • SapphoPoet

    HBC for the win! She is my red-carpet idol. Also, that dress is perfectly coordinated with the red carpeting in the palace AND the ribbon of her CBE. Someone put a lot of thought into that outfit. 

    I think I need to take “tell a story about yourself” as my New Year’s Resolution for dressing. 

  • trisker

    I got SUCH a kick out of seeing these, AND reading everybody’s comments!  They are all pretty strange looks, except for Mara in Valentino.  But your argument for each is compelling.  Thanks for these!

  • Tracy_Flick

    5. Katy Perry: Likeable, but the piano shoes tip it into 80s costume territory.
    4. Kristen Stewart. I hate her and am unable to be objective.
    3. Rooney Mara: Prairie Whorehouse. Fifteen pounds of makeup. Self-important scowl. Awful.
    2. Anne Hathaway: So, so very ugly. The proportions seem top-heavy, the fabric looks like upholstery from Versailles, and the neckline looks horribly uncomfortable.
    1. HBC: Love her, love the dress. Is it the best look of the year? Ehn.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    one of my 2013 resolutions is to perhaps be a slightly less bitter kitten (but only in life not on the TLo comment board), cause this list makes me feel mighty stabby…..

  • Victoria

    I haven’t liked / agree with the majority of your top best or worst picks!

  • YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! I love your #1! More self-expression and taking chances in 2013! More wee little hats! Wee little hats for ALL! 

  • Monday1900

    Really?  Really?  I wouldn’t choose any of these except Rooney Mara’s for top 15 much less top 5.  Totally disagree (which is fine!).

  • thecitysleeps

    I’d say Anne takes first for me.  I love HBC but she doesn’t deserve one.  I can even get your Kristen reasons for her being there, even though I hate that outfit forever.  I love the Katy Perry inclusion. 

  • Squarah

    Damn, what a disappointing top 5 after the fantastic buildup. I get your reasoning, but….still lots of fug up in this bitch. 5,4, and 2 would have gone on the worst list for me.

  • MilaXX

    I can agree with everyone except Katy. Her hair color looking like it’s fading is just the start of the issues. I think she had better looks.

  • Imasewsure

    Fun choices although I don’t like the Anne Hathaway look at all, except from the back. Love that HBC made the list for that awesome appearance with the Queen!!

  • LOVE Helena Bonham Carter.  ANd I am so sick of Anne (I was so hungry for 27 hours) Hathaway.  Shut up, we ALL know you want an Oscar.

    • libraangel

      Plus she made such a fuss about the photo showing her va-jay jay. Yeah, like she didn’t know she wasn’t wearing underwear!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        As for Anne Hathaway, let’s just give her the Oscar now so that she can give her acceptance speech and then go away for a nice long vacay and out of my sight.

  • Seriously with the Kristen Stewart? It may tell a story, but it’s still unflattering and ugly.

  • Imasewsure

    And the KStew outfit was awesome. I will defend that one with swords drawn!!  

  • luluransom

    Bless you T and Lo! You always make me think. Love your choices.

  • Um…I don’t know what to say, T+Lo. The choices here are…interesting. Let me go somewhere and ponder over this article.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      And by “ponder” you mean drinking martinis, right?

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I may need a bottle or two of merlot to help me make sense of these choices!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I’ll have to take a second look at this another time. My initial reaction is disappointment-but then, these kinds of lists are always subjective, and it’s TLo’s blog. 

  • Lilithcat

    Three-fifths of these belong in the “worst” column.

  • HBC fo lyf.

  • Jasmaree

    I think, for the best of the year list, all top entries should both look pretty and make a statement. So I object to Kirsten Stewart’s inclusion because it fails miserably at the former. Rooney Mara comes pretty close to failing at the latter for me.

  • girliecue

    Oh Lorenzo and Tom, you are demigods that will forever be worshipped by this kitten! I love this year’s Top 5 theme: I’ma Be Me And I’m Fabulous! Extra bonus points of adoration for including Miss Stewart because she also adds the deliciously defiant “So suck it!” dimension to her wardrobe choices. 4 out of 5 of these Glamazons can’t help but be themselves and I so admire that in a person! It’s why I love iconoclasts, gays, eccentrics, visionaries and anyone who in whatever way dances to the beat of a different drum. Bless you, my dearest of darlings.

    A Happy and Fabulous (and opinionated) 2013 to daddies TandLo and all the BKs!

  • teensmom99

    OMG.  If I ever had doubts that TLo are gods, this top 5 removes all doubts.  This list encapsulates how you have helped me and other kittens look at the world in  a different way.  All of these celebs make a statement and are themselves in the best way possible.  Interesting that Katy Perry’s best self does not include boobage.  And KStew is also an homage to Cher and her “serious actress” Oscar outfit.  What you write about Miss Hathaway should be copied and laminated and sent to all starlets.  

  • Judy_S

    A great crawl through the past year’s crazier moments.  I must admit that if you handed me these 5 and the 5 worst list, I might be confused as to which ones were which.  But both lists are fun.

  • susan6

    This is sort of a list of “big fashion risks that paid off” as opposed to “absolutely stunning, aesthetically pleasing beauty”.  HBC is awesome, but I thought there was some sort of protocol about not wearing hats when being presented to the queen?  Or maybe it’s just crowns.  (“Only one person’s wearing a crown up in this hizzy, and it’s me.” –QE2)

    • alyce1213

      Hats are okay for greeting the queen in the daytime. 

  • formerlyAnon

    I’d have reversed HBC & Ms. Hathaway, but LOVE that they are at the top. I really liked that Hathaway appearance.

    Thanks for the explanation on your K. Stewart pick. I’ll buy it. I found myself starting to develop a bit of a fondness for her sullen self as the last few weeks of her final Twilight publicity cavalcade unfolded, and she became a tad less sullen.

    • libraangel

      She is sullen because she is a bitch.

      • formerlyAnon

        I’ll bow to your superior knowledge of her personality. I’ve never met her, worked with or for her, or known anyone else personally who did so, so I can’t say that she is or she isn’t.

        • libraangel

          Don’t be a hater, formerlyAnon! Show the love. No, I don’t know Kristen, etc., but remember that little incident with the married director? Also, this is the blog to give one’s opinion and critique!

          • formerlyAnon

            Well, I meant to be snippy, but not to hate! I know she gets talked about because she’s the actress in the publicity machine, but when a middle aged married man and a young unmarried woman have an affair – and he’s in a position that could be construed as being her boss – I get snippy when it’s she who gets the bulk of the criticism. 

            I’ve been the wife in that scenario – and I was and remain appalled at the number of people who barely rolled their eyes about the man’s behavior and attacked the young woman’s. 

          • libraangel

            Apologies from me. I agree with you, but I was hurt by your snippyness!(Is that a word?)

          • formerlyAnon

            I apologize as well, it’s too easy to hurt others’ feelings when I’m just intending to air my opinions with a bit of emotion. A good reminder. 

            Now that we’ve done our part to uphold the high standards of civility of the TLo community, I hope to enjoy your comments in 2013!

        • libraangel

          p.s Besides, some of the comments expressed are meant in a jokey manner. And the other posters hate certain celebrities for what? 

  • I love this top 5. Well, Katy Perry is slightly iffy, but I love the rest of the choices. Great job TLo. 🙂

    OH. Also, I realllllly hope Anne Hathaway dresses like this at the Oscars. I’m begging you Annie. Don’t turn into Kate Winslet in the next couple months. Keep doing THIS and be awesome Oscar night.

    • libraangel

      And please wear underwear this time, Annie!

  • Jessi03

    WERQ HBC!  So very very glad you chose her look.

    • SRQkitten

      Yes! Too adorable and true to her aesthetic! Not for everyone but part of fashion is finding your own way and Lady Helena sure does (well, at least most of the time)


  • Markatha

    Ha ha ha.  Very funny boys.
    Got Me! 
    You really had me going there for several minutes.  
    Can’t wait to see the real list you little tricksters you.

  • pugluv

    I love you guys…I can totally get behind #15-6 but a couple on this post are making me shake my head and mumble ” WTF”.   I just can’t with the Ann Hathaway Givenchy (she had better RC looks this year IMO) and the KStew god awful lace jumpsuit (I could get behind the red Reem Acra dress she wore at Cannes) just looks like a Dolly Parton on the Porter Wagner show catastrophe (big hair and all).  

  • I will wait for the real list. This has to be a joke! Good one TLO.  LOL

  • libraangel

    You are not crackheads. You are cracked! I swear I was looking at the Worst List and scrolled up to make sure. Yes, they are all true to themselves. BUT…!! Katy = Bubble-gum/Smurfette. Kristin= why not dress like a slut when everyone calls you one:WHAT?! Those nipple coverings and butt-armour are atrocious! Rooney= Scarlett O’Hara meets wrinkled Goth/Punk. Anne= Mary Poppins gets her sleeves cut off – or pulled down! Helen= wack/coked up. You guys must have overdosed on those butter cookies of yours – or washed them down with rum laced eggnog!!!( And to think I was looking forward to this list!)

  • Your list does not include Fan Bingbing in Chris Bu Kewen


  • julnyes

    The looks for Kristin Stewart and Anne Hathaway are blech, but the others work in my opinion.

  • snarkykitten

    Well here’s my two cents no one will read:

    The back of HBC’s dress looks like a deflated balloon. If you’re going for bustle, it should look crisp. Not like you sat on it for the entire flight from California to London.

    No comment on KStew’s

    and really, no Fan Bingbing? her outfits were breathtaking

    • Jepham

       Surprise! I read your post. Fan Bingbing made me gasp so many times this year I was sure she’d be in the top 5 and maybe more than once.

      • mhleta

        Who is Fan BingBing and how did I miss it/her/him?

    • Martha Deutsch

      I, too, read your post! =) And I agree on the HBC look. I think it’s fine on the list, but it’s just not as polished as it should be. 

    • vandeventer

       Also agree on HBC – totally digging her entire ensemble, however would LOVE it so much more if it were crisper and less rumpled looking.  Almost gives it the appearance of not fitting properly, imo. 

    • Laylalola

      Marion Cotillard should also have been on the top 5 best list somewhere.

  • I read the intro and thought naw, I almost never disagree with TLo. Then they go and make me look at Kristen Stewart in that Zuhair Murad jumpsuit–FROM THE BACK!–and I’m the one who lacks refinement? Since I’ll never be able to unsee that, I probably do, now. 

    • mhleta

      Yeah. “Vulgar” is the word that comes to mind for the rear view of that outfit.

    • Oh you.  You made me snort.

  • Jepham

    After I looked at these choices, I had to scroll back to the top of the page to make sure I clicked on the right list. Wow! I wouldn’t put any one of these in the top 5 or possibly even in the top 100 for the year. I feel like I just failed the “TLo Have You Learned Anything on this Blog” test.   

  • julnyes

    All the “Are you on crack?” comments are making me laugh. Imagine someone being addicted to crack, then pouring over publicity photos of celebrities and picking out their favorite outfits.

    I’m thinking they would just pick the dresses they think would sell easiest on a street corner for five dollars.

  • Call me Bee

    Gentlemen–I admire you greatly.  I could never do what you do, as there are way too many celebs whose attitudes and/or personalities (albiet the personalities I see onthe screen…) that I dislike so immensely, they could be wearing the most beautiful thing on Earth and I’d hate it.  And them. 
    In my world, no matter what Kristen or Katy is wearing, I’d never put them on the best-dressed list because they are both on my Irrational Celeb Hate List and are constantly vying for the tippy-top.    So no mtter what they wear, I don’t like it.  That’s the kind of hairpin I am.   But you are better men than I am (a woman) and can put aside any petty prejudices to judge outfits fairly and impartially.  Hats off to you. 
    Other than those two, I totally agree with you about the rest of the list.  I learn soemthing from you almost every day. Thanks.

  • Matthew Keating

    I understand and value your list but where the hell is Fan BingBing?!?!

  • I. Uh. Hm. 

  • Tom Shea

    I can’t say I agree with any of your choices–there’s “appropriate” and “venue-specific” and then there’s just aesthetically pleasing. None of these looks do it for me. Vive la difference, I suppose.

  • mjude

    my fave is HBC.  gotta love that girl!

  • I just can’t. Love you guys to death and my favorite part of watching PR has become reading your blog after (I think it’s the ony thing that has kept me watching) but I can’t help but think that even you guys know that this just isn’t right. You justified your decisions far more than usual leading me to think that your defensiveness is a reflection on your own uncertainty about these choices. When something is great you hardly have to comment and often leave the post with very few words. Not the case with the above. Great requires no explanation. Still love you!

  • Judy_J

    I would reverse numbers one and two. Anne Hathaway looks AMAZING in that Givenchy gown. HBC looks great too, but I give Ms Hathaway the edge based on taking my breath away when I first saw her in that dress.

    • libraangel

      My breath went away for a different reason. I gagged and threw up a little in my mouth.

    • PinkLemon

       We seem to be the only ones who liked it…

      • Judy_J

        Well, Tom and Lorenzo liked it, too.  That puts us in good company.

  • Wait – is there a labeling problem?  Because these are more credible as the Top 5 WORST.

  • It isDia de Los Santos Inocentes in Spain (like our April Fools Day), so I’m hoping that this is a joke. I can only agree with the HBC. The rest, belong on the other list. 

  • Martha Deutsch

    HBC’s look could be better tailored to her, though. I’m ok with all of this because I get your reasoning. Except in the case of Anne Hathaway. The dress is so ugly I can’t even look at it. I could deal with some of it, but the fabric, OOOH, the fabric. It is hideous. 

    • vandeventer

       Hmm I was thinking the slight rumpled-ness made the fit on HBC look a little off, but perhaps it is the tailoring that is off after all.

      • libraangel

        or maybe HBC is off.

  • bookish

    Ah man, I was really surprised when Kristen Stewart’s lace monstrosity didn’t show up on the worst list, and then my mouth fell open seeing it on the BEST list. At least we agreed on her terrible, two-piece, see through number.

  • DinahR

    I, for one, totally agree with HBC as #1!  I think one only needs look at the pic of her and the queen to see that she was herself and comfortable wearing designer clothing in a once in a lifetime honor.  She doesn’t look out of place getting pinned, she almost blends in to the red/black background but still has her style and personality about her.  That’s what it’s about, right?  And that picture is so sweet.  What a moment. 

    Happy New Year!  Thanks for another year of amusing, clever, insightful blogging!  Much success to you both…

  • olsonam

    I feel like a lot of current fashion isn’t about pretty so I guess it makes sense that there aren’t any typical gorgeous looks on the list.  But I do remember Fan Bingbing in some high impact outfits. *Ahem* this list could’ve used the color ifyouknowwhatImean.

  • sweetsadness

    Interesting choice for winner and a very original top five – not that I disagree (though Kristen Stewart needs to be sent to a posing academy so she doesn’t look like she’s leaning against a drugstore porch, chewing gum). I would have liked to see more ‘conventional looks worn perfectly’ just to provide a playbook for how it should be done.

  • mmc2315

    Whoa!  Unexpected!  HBC as #1 makes me grin.  

  • Laylalola

    Just glad Gaga is on neither list of 15 this year.

  • afabulous50

    I think you both have overdosed on the eggnog…

  • Melissa Brogan

    I don’t even especially like Katy Perry and that outfit is one of my favorites of 2012. It’s one of the few celeb pins I have on Pinterest, in part because I LOVED when you called it a manga secretary look.

    And HBC is perfection.

  • I’m not totally convinced by the Katy Perry look – I like the colors but it’s not quite as eye-catching as I’d like it to be – but I LOVE the other choices! Kristen Stewart looks smokin’ hot in that jumpsuit. When she goes for the bold, punky outfits she looks fantastic. Rooney Mara is just plain stunning in that red Valentino. I love the drama in Anne Hathaway’s Givenchy. And Helena Bonham Carter? PERFECTION.

    Yes, the looks are mostly odd, but they fit the time and the place and the person, and that’s why they are great red carpet looks. Fashion is art, and art ain’t always about being pretty – it’s about catching the eye and making a statement!

    • libraangel

      Then why are we even criticizing PR? Some of those designers are “making a statement” and remaining true to themselves,but the judges rip them apart and ‘auf’ them.

  • e jerry powell

    My question: Can we get the Queen into a pair of goat hooves?  Those sensible shoes are just too too. If Edina Monsoon can get Princess Anne into a Vivienne Westwood basque…

  • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

    Best dressed for .. Cirque du soleil?

  • I sorta wonder what was going through the Queen’s head during that… 

    • SewingSiren

      I would imagine that she’s pretty unflappable at this point. 

  • mommyca

    I thought it was a very interesting list, and I was happy to see Rooney Mara, since I believe she had plenty of great outfits in the red carpet this year. The HBC was a great finish, quirky, but fun and deserving. I was surprised Cate Blanchett was not in the list though… So I am intrigued: how many looks did you guys had to go through to make the list? Hundreds??? 🙂 

  • My goodness, QEII is tiny.

  • mhleta

    “You call us crackheads and we silently judge you for your lack of refinement.” I love you guys, I do. If I were your neighbor I’d try to weasel my way into your inner circle by plying you with butter creams and pedicures. But…oh dear. You’re going to put the word “refinement” and Kristen Stewart’s “Mrs. Roper Goes to Vegas” costume on the same page? Quel dommage. Quel fromage! If Anne Hathaway’s attention-seeking pole-dance in Givenchy couture represents the high road, and I agree that it does, Kristen Stewart’s dumpy-kitten-with-a-frayed-whip punches through the floorboards and drills through to subterranean depths heretofore unknown. This is to say: Crackheads! (but with a great deal of affection.)

  • Pants_are_a_must

    With the exception of Audreybot, oy vey, overlords. Oy vey.

  • Kate4queen

    I think what you’re say dear uncles, is that celebrities are not like us, and cannot be judged like us. I find all your picks interesting for that reason. 🙂

  • Can’t get behind any of these for the Best of 2012.  I do like HBC’s outfit, but it wouldn’t make my top 15.  No Cate Blanchett either. *sighs*

  • jw_ny

    I absolutely love the HBC, Anne Hathaway, and Rooney Mara looks…no disputes from me there. 

    The K Stewart whateverthefuckthatthingis…hideous.  Ass chaps. Pasties. Black lace.  O.o  The butter cookie coma was obviously still effecting your systems when you picked that one.   😉

  • Eva_baby

    Checking Calendar….dang, not April 1.   I can only conclude….Bitches be Crazy.

  • kaycem

    love all these — i’m so glad some of the more daring looks got the top nods.  i can’t say i agree with the order of every single one (*cough* audreybot *cough*) but if i did, there’d be no fun in it.  thank you for another great year, t.lo!

  • Katy Perry is my favorite of all these looks.  There’s a sentence I never thought I’d type.

  • Anniebet

    Her Royal Awesomeness Helena Bonham Carter is a feast for us accolytes looking for some quirk, some spark, and some downright gorgeousness wrapped up in a wonderfully unconventional package. Loved the bustle effect in the back and that hat is perfection.

  • siriuslover

    Agreed on all counts. I think HBC deserves the honor. Especially given that final picture.

  • my only problem with annie’s look is the feeling that when she straightens out her arms, the sleeves will pool around her wrists and and she’ll look half nekkid on top.

  • bitterk

    Was it really such a sad year for fashion?  I love HBC.  The rest don’t pass the muster without the back stories.  

    • Alisa Rivera

      Good point about the back stories! It’s like looking at a piece of art and needing the artist to stand behind you and explain the underlying meaning. This stuff needs to work on its own.

  • All on my “worst dressed” list wihtout an exception.  

  • LittleKarnak

    LOL! Betty meets HBC…love it!!!!! Good choice!!!

  • Markatha

    Okay, you guys are good. 
    You’ve got Bitter Kittens everywhere searching for the best way to suggest (without hurting your feelings of course)
    that you guys have definitely been crack-dabbling.
    This would make a great episode of “Scare Tactics”!
    Now stop teasing the Kittens & show us your real Top Five and all will be forgiven.

  • I love this list. The top five are just fantastic, and your number one is a heart-warming choice (but good posture would have helped those pictures considerably). Happy holidays to you both.

  • myristica_fragrans

    3-5: nope. i can accept helena as number 1 because she just doesn’t give a fuck. she dresses hesrelf, wears whatever she wants, and doesn’t care what you think. that’s refreshing to me, even though she needs to chop that skirt to knee length.

  • kcarb1025

    NO to all of these.

  • HBC for the win! You got me, TLo! She can do what she wants, and she knows it!

  • ChristinaRi

    I thought I was still in the worst dressed category.

    Really awful.  Mara’s was the best, but still, not good.

  • BookishBren

    I think you guys were still high on butter cookies when you made this list. It is a little cray-cray. 

    • myristica_fragrans

      there was no butter in those cookies.

      • unbornfawn

        Maybe they were into the rum balls?

  • laurenoodle

    I cannot believe that these are all above Karolina?? Wtf
    I need to go lie down now

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    Unless you’re saving her for the “Top WERQ” of 2012, I can not imagine how the fabulous Fan Bingbing in that exquisite Chris Bu Kewen gown in Cannes isn’t #1. She was spectacularly, breathtakingly beautiful.  Definitely my top red carpet look for 2012.  

  • WHERE THE HELL IS FAN BING BING???????!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • unbornfawn

      Maybe she is so spectacular she gets her own top ten list?

  • NCDFan

    I like the rational for your picks. Looking great on the red carpet doesn’t put you on the top of the list. Looking great while doing something interesting and unexpected does. 

  • StelledelMare

    I will not at all fight you over my Helena being number 1 on any best list. But I do agree with others when I say that you must have a whole other list reserved for Fan Bing Bing, right? I mean the woman took risks AND looked gorgeous doing it.

  • guest2visits

    Katy Perry’s was cute, but by no means her best look.
    Kristen’s stripper Elvis jumpsuit was a loud eff u to the world at large, I agree.
    But it was just the best finger-waving outfit, nothing more.  Way too silly looking to be anything else.
    Rooney created an extraordinary look in her Valintino. 
    If only the front of Anne’s gown looked as beautiful as the back, but it had one too many design ideas gone wrong.
    And I just can’t get completely on board with Helena’s slouchy fit, and the slightly exposed brassiere for the queen.
    I like the humor of the hat and the whole attitude of the dress, but maybe it needed to be deployed on a different occasion.
    On the other hand, what a great foil for her giant medal.

  • elzatelzabelz

    Kristen Stewart in that awful “scream for attention terrible J Lo turned it down before her” outfit? No, just no. Nowhere near a top look.

  • Thuc Dang

    Didn’t KStew have one really awesome red carpet appearance in Balenciaga? I remember she looked so damn chic and stylish. 

    Fan BingBing? Where are you my girl

  • LOL Holy shit HBC looks like a biscuit tin.  This one gave me more laughs than the worst, but I ‘ain’t mad atcha.  As for KStew’s fashion finger to the judging public, I prefer the naked dress over the naked pantsuit.  Loving that face on Audreybot.  And now we wait for the 2013 fashion travesties and miracles to begin.

  • PrunellaV

    I have to agree with you guys on HBC. So very modern and British and true to her style. 

  • As King Lear, who was also mad, said:

    “Never, never, never, never, never should these make the best red carpet looks.”

  • BobStPaul

    Not really crazy about the Valentino but Kristen Stewart looks spectacular.   And I’m even coming around on the HBC look, thanks mainly to that photo of her with the queen.  As always, interesting choices.

  • quiltrx

    LOVE your choice for #1!  Definitely an adorable best for her, and I bet she gave Betty a big smile that day.  I also thought that Anne’s look was incredible and deserving.  Rooney had several great looks this year, including this one.

    I can’t say I agree totally on the other two.  Katy’s is perfect color-wise but pretty shapeless compared to her usual looks.  And I get what you’re saying about KStew, and I actually kind of like the bodice and sleeves…but it all goes whackadoodle below the bellybutton.

    I’d put anything Dita wore this whole year in place of 4 and 5!  But it’s your list, not mine, and I think you did a great job making some really interesting choices.

  • unbornfawn

    Gotta say this list leaves me a little befuddled. Perhaps it is because my back round is costume and not fashion?????????????

  • ccm800

    hell no on the KP and CS get ups. like OH HELL NO. but I like the other three. 

  • Brad Watson

    Wow. It’s like Josh won the year’s consultant gig at TLO World HQ. Marge Simpson Gets A Bob, followed by a surly, sullen schlub with a full-body henna tattoo. “Look, Francine… Isn’t it au courant?”

    • Melvis Velour

      I just said the same thing to my friend Francine and her response was “…too many butter cookies for those queens” – HELL NO ON ALL OF THESE!

  • DeTrop

    Someone is either under-medicated or over-medicated.  In any case, NO!
    Love you guys. Happy New Year.

  • Alice Tram

    no , you guys are kidding …please just tell us the truth .

  • Alisa Rivera

    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.

    Just being attention grabbing shouldn’t get you to the top of the best dressed list. If it did, then every little wannabe starlet wearing dental floss as a dress should be on this list as well. It’s a balance of looking kick-ass while also looking true to your image. I think all of Audreybot’s looks, pretty or not, succeeded on that level. Liza 2.0 did not.  

    • This isn’t a “Best Dressed” list.

      • Alisa Rivera

        But they aren’t even the best Red Carpet looks. Katy Perry, for example, deployed her style far better in other appearances. Same with Helena Bonham Carter. Love her, but this isn’t the best example of her signature style. 

        • “But they aren’t even the best Red Carpet looks”

          Of course they are, based solely on the stringent set of criteria employed by that august international organization known as “Tom & Lorenzo.”

          Other august international bodies are free to come up with their own lists, employing their own particular sets of criteria.

        • In_Stitches

          It’s not an issue of it being their most glamorous or flawless look, it seems to me that TLo is judging these looks on how smart they are, how much sense they make taking into consideration the person, their brand, the event and what they are trying to do with their career.  I’m sure arguments could be made against most of these looks using that criteria, but I buy the logic they’re throwing down.  

      • Jepham

         It’s a “Best Red Carpet” list. I know there’s a red carpet in HBC’s picture but does she really qualify under this title? Is getting a medal from the Queen a red carpet appearance? 

        • We list all public appearances by celebrities under the tag “Red Carpet.” They’re styled and posing for photographs, so there’s no real difference.

    • ojosazules

      Have you ever checked out Vogue’s weekly “best dressed?” They thought Solange’s pink diapers were the bomb.

      • myristica_fragrans

        and stella mccartney’s leopard print everything.

  • SewingSiren

    Whew, a lot of decent regarding opinion.
    For what its worth I think your list has a pretty health mix of classic tasteful gowns, eccentric style, and difficult fashion worn well.
    Because the list is rather eclectic  I was wondering if each of you add a dress ,or you both have to agree on it to make the list, or a combination of the two .Or maybe one of you does worst and one does best..

    • It’s all kind of disorganized and organic. We simply scroll through the year’s red carpet posts and call out dresses to each other, then debate them. But most of the time we’re in agreement or one can sway the other with a brief and simple defense.

  • ojosazules

    This list makes me love you two even more. 

  • HBC rulz!  I understand the other four, but the Rooney Mara entry appears more like the winner of a “Which one of these does not belong?” contest.

  • this list incomplete without solange and fan bingbing!
    and while i was on board with rihannas look, k stew here is just wrong wrong wrong. there is no way to justify this – no matter how hard you guys try.

    otherwise: fun list!

  • Stubenville

    Anne Hathaway is wearing a freaking bedspread. A 1950’s chenille bedspread.

    • libraangel

      Yes! I wondered what Anne’s dress reminded me of and now I know!

  • janierainie

    I love that HBC is wearing her medal and it looks like it belongs on her suit. You are right. The profile while she’s getting pinned is so adorable.

  • Zippypie

    Shiny ass chaps?  Did the PR judges lend you their crack pipe?

    Where the hell is Fan Bingbing???

  • Comus

    Thanks for that reminder of Fan’s fabulosity – I’m mentally excising Kristen Stewart from this list in favour of Fan or Keira Knightley or Zoe Saldana …

    My issue with the jumpsuit (besides being a jumpsuit) is that it doesn’t look like camp fun, but as if the joke’s on Kristen.  On another starlet, raiding Jennifer Lopez’s stage costumes for a premiere might have been a refreshing gambit.  This is an outfit you can imagine wearing to strike attitudes while the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever is playing : so, girl, that’s not your jumpsuit, to me.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    My love for the HBC, given the venue, knows no bounds.  The rest?  I am unsophisticated, let’s say.

  • Meelah

    Wait…is this the worst or best list????? Mind blown…

  • SugarSnap108

     Hmm. OK.  I guess I should lighten up — it’s just fashion.  Still have to join this chorus, though: Where my F-Bing at?

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Ann H looks like one of those old-fashioned bedspreads.

  • Lolla Lee Loo

    I’m not concerned.  I’m not even confused.  One glimpse of Kristen Stewart’s gleaming black ass and I knew you were kidding. I laughed harder at this list than the worst looks list. You little stinkers.  

  • Corazon Nunez

    Hmm . . . personally, I just like the pretty stuff. I’d give #14 the #1 spot. And where is Ms. BingBing?

  • Now you’re just messing with us

  • Labeachnative

    What? No fan bingbing?? Her dress in Cannes, with hair and makeup was singular.

    • PinkLemon

       YES!! Her floral-vase-looking print was definitely my fave of the year.

  • bertkeeter

    Coo Coo! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Meow!

  • Happy New Year, TLo! Kisses at midnight!

  • marilyn

    The best is a matter of opinion, I suppose.

    Katy Perry looks like a middle-aged Cindy Lauper wannabe.  The piano key shoes just seal the deal.

    Kristen Stewart looks like a streetwalker trying to make the upgrade to callgirl

    Rooney Mara is so forgettable that a red dress does not help.

    That is so not Anne Hathaway’s dress.  The (lack of) color is bad, and the design is too busy.  As if the PR (REGULAR PR, not All Star PR, mind you)  challenge was to make a busy dress out of shiny material.  It does nothing for her, which seems to be the look she is going for.

    Punk rock Victorian streetwalker describes the last look perfectly, except she has tartan fabric spewing out of her ass. 


  • PaulaBerman

    No offense, TLo, but I was relieved to see the KStew and Rihanna from your Top 15 on the Fug Girls’ worst list. It confirms that I am not totally off base in hating them with a fiery passion. There truly is no accounting for taste.

  • bittykitty

    i bow down…
    i love you guys so much, for many reasons, but mostly for broadening my fashion horizons and making me actually think. i’m so glad your top five weren’t typical, homogenous “pretty” dresses… have a wonderful happy new year!

  • KatieKissinger

    I’m so surprised that there was no Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad on the list, because that was pretty amazing.

  • Damien W

    After thinking about it, love the HBC choice.

    But I think you are exercising a little too much care and concern over poor Kritin’s happiness. It’s not like she was kidnapped for ransom. She endured some gossip over some questionable behavior. I didn’t realize wearing a tarty pantsuit was the stuff of personal triumph.

    I wonder who will play her pantsuit in the Lifetime movie?

  • Interesting choices.  I really disagree.  I like Katy Perry and Rooney Mara’s looks.  I dislike Kristen Stewart’s and Helena Bonham Cater’s.  I really dislike Anne Hathaway’s.

  • Did someone hack the site? The first two is so horrible they might join Pitt in the worst list.

  • jcars

    Call me a prude, but I think a little remorse isn’t uncalled for when you’ve had an affair with your co-star’s husband. Not down for labeling KStew’s horrid fashion sense as an act of ~bravery~. 

    • alyce1213

      I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • neofashionista

    I agree with you forward you guys are crackheads here with this list but I am assuming 1. you dont care and 2. you misplaced the word best and what you meant was worst
    oh how you love to rile your kittens up
    well done

  • janice

     People wish to be settled. It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them.

  • PinkLemon

     This is true. However, twas a bit too predictable…? Or maybe too ‘OF COURSE’ for TLo’s taste. But she looked absolutely amazing, no doubt.

  • If I had KStew’s bod, I would wear all sorts of shit, good AND bad.  You’re only young once.

  • plinkiedoodle

    I love the Helena Bonham-Carter…but the Hathaway?  A nubby bedspread!

  • This could honestly be the worst top five I’ve ever seen.