Another year has passed and it is the beginning of a new season. Sometimes, to move forward we need to take a look back, as is always the case with fashion.
To keep in step with the year 2012, comprised below is a list of the top 12 best dressed women of the year. These women are of various ages, nationalities, social statuses and careers. Some names are familiar, while others may be new to you.
At the top of the list is the First Lady of the United States. A fashion trendsetter, some have said that she has a style similar to that of the late former first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis…but in fact, Mrs. Obama has a style all her own. She walks the halls of the White House with elegance and grace. Among her many initiatives and workings as FLOTUS, Mrs. Obama has also come to be known for her fashion style. She’s brought arm-bearing dresses, colorful coats and cardigans and extravagant ball gowns back into the White House with boldness. She will ever be the example of a true fashionista.
Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser of Qatar
She may be the second of the three wives of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, but she is definitely the best dressed! Sheikha Mozah is listed at #74 as one of Forbes’ 100 most powerful women.
Editor-in-chief for Vogue magazine since 1988, Wintour has been a fashion icon for years. Always dressed impeccably with her signature pageboy bob haircut and large sunglasses, Wintour has been a major force in helping to shape the fashion industry into what it is today.
Diane Von Furstenberg
A former Princess and best known for her famous wrap dress (included in the collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) Diane has 45 free standing shops and her collections are available in over 70 countries. In 1976, Diane was featured on the cover of Newsweek Magazine with an article declaring her as being “the most marketable woman since Coco Chanel.” She is still wowing many today with her various fashion awards and classic style.
Nothing but class! Recently awarded a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, Ms. Mirren has played the role of a queen in several different movies, plays and made for television series. The role is befitting for her in real life as well as she exudes confidence, style, class and beauty wherever she goes.
Aside from her bizarre Halloween costumes with ex-hubby Seal, Heidi is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to fashion. Her successful modeling career afforded her the role as host and judge for Project Runway (now in its 10th season). Heidi’s style can range anywhere from delicate to romantic to seductive.
Graduating with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology, how would Kerry have known the Scandal that would overtake her life. Kerry’s styles are a cross between chic, sexy, sleek and glamorous.
Also known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William – second in line to the throne of England, and Duchess of the People (similar to her late mother-in-law’s title as the People’s Princess) Kate is thought to be the most photographed woman in the world. Hundreds of websites and blogs give seekers a specific wardrobe list on how to copy Kate’s style.
What can be said about Robyn Rihanna Fenty’s style? She is the whole package: dress, hair and makeup always flawless. Rihanna could probably wear a paper sack and make it a fashion hit!
One of country music’s youngest and most popular artists, and described as one of America’s sweethearts, Swift is said to favor retro style. In 2011 she was named an icon of American style by Vogue magazine.
She has a love of dance, acting and her love of fashion shines through splendidly. In fashion she is bold and daring, frilly and romantic, fun and hip. Mr. Cooper needs to come to his senses quickly before someone else snatches up this beauty.
A former Desperate Housewife, a restaurateur, and an author, this little lady in fitted jeans and heels will put any teeny-bopper to shame. People magazine named her one of 2012’s Most Beautiful at Every Age.