From fabulously opulent on the red carpet to effortless chic off-duty, key players broke out of their comfort zones to impress and inspire with their style. We celebrate year of dressing with personality, wit and elegance with our rundown of 2012’s best dressed.
5. Stella McCartney, 41
From designing the Team GB Olympian kit and running her ever-growing power fashion house, it’s surprising that Stella McCartney has had time to get dressed at all this year. Yet the British designer (and mother-of-four no less) has remained the perfect poster girl for her brand, with a precision cut wardrobe of strapless jumpsuits, sharp shift dresses and sleek pants all worn with inimitable London irreverence.
4. Liberty Ross, 33
What’s a girl to do when her personal life faces public scrutiny? Arm herself with a killer wardrobe, of course. Breaking out the Balenciaga, the LA-based British-born model and mother-of-two held her head high and took on the world in a host of high-end ensembles after news of her husband’s affair broke. Her silhouette-skimming black skirt suit and denim hot pants paired with skyscraper heels have been truly sensational. Revenge dressing at its finest.
3. Miranda Kerr, 29
Australian supermodel and mother-of-one Kerr is an expert at making off-duty undeniably sexy. She may frequently be acknowledged as one of the most beautiful women in the world but the Victoria’s Secret Angel, husband of movie star Orlando Bloom, has a knack of putting looks together in a pulled together yet not overdone way. From oversized pants teamed with super-streamlined tops to the ultimate winter coat paired with over-the-knee boots, she’s the new hero of dressed up street style.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow, 40
She has long been the queen of elegance but it’s only since hitting 40 that the London-residing actress has found the confidence to push her look from classic ice queen to trail blazer. From her flawless caped Tom Ford gown at the Oscars to the Prada backless halter mini at the Met Ball, 2012 has been her year of experimentation and she has pulled it off with aplomb.
1. Alexa Chung, 29
Some fashion icons are made. Some are born. Alexa – with her adorable nonchalance and unwavering individuality – is a shiny example of the latter. The British presenter and model certainly has no need for stylists. She says, ‘I like to put my own look together because it looks much more authentic that way. And I don’t trust anybody else’s taste.’ Winning the British Style Icon statuette for the third consecutive year at the 2012 British Fashion Awards confirms her credentials.