The cool insider fashion website RedCarpetFashionAwards.com may be a major guilty pleasure for the fashion flock of London and Europe, but it's not so much on the radar of U.S. fashion peeps. We read it everyday for its cheekiness, and because we think they get it right a lot of the time, and have a better perception of Hollywood fashion than many people in Hollywood. The following are their ten favorite red carpet looks of 2011:
1. Zoe Saldana in Armani Privé – 2011 Cannes Film Festival “The Tree Of Life” Premiere
2. Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture – 2011 Oscars
3. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Naeem Khan – ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’ Berlin premiere
4. Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace – 2011 Golden Globes
5. Nicole Kidman In Jean Paul Gaultier Couture – 2011 CMA Awards
6. Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli -’Friends With Benefits’ New York premiere
7. Freida Pinto in Antonio Berardi – ‘Immortals’ LA premiere
8. Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan – 2011 Emmy’s
9. Zhang Ziyi in Christian Dior – ‘Love for Life’ Rome Film Festival premiere
10. Amber Heard in Elie Saab – ‘The Rum Diary’ LA premiere
We might have put Nina Dobrev in her red Donna Karan at the Emmy's at the top, but other than that, we've got to give it to them. Good choices, all, and not obvious ones. Though Angelina Jolie in the emeradl green Atelier Versace at the Golden Globes was the carpet stopping moment of the year, bar none. RedCarpetFashionAwards.com also names the designers who were most worn on the red carpet this year: Brian Atwood for shoes, Elie Saab for couture and Dolce & Gabbana for ready to wear. This tells you a bit about Hollywood fashion: girls like their heels high and sexy, their gowns magical and a little over the top, and their cocktailwear tight, fitted and silhouette enhancing. Not much we didn't know here, but still, the tally is interesting. Because these designers probably saw a spike in their businesses and bigger orders from stores as a result of it. And in these slowed-down shopping days, every dollar counts. Even to someone like Dolce & Gabbana, which is a staple of many urban upscale wardrobes.
Ryan Gosling got the Man of the Year in fashion, and no one on the planet could argue with that -- and we know our Brits know their tailoring and menswear, that's where it all started. They called Kirsten Dunst the "most improved" on the red carpet, Elle Fanning the Best Dressed Teen, and Best Newcomer went to Elizabeth Olsen. The last one we've got a problem with -- Felicity Jones is our favorite fashion newcomer, and Elizabeth Olsen's choices do not fit her frame. She needs her famous sisters to help her with her styling, perhaps.