Every year, Vanity Fair publishes their best dressed list, and it seems their compilation has risen to the ranks of the most credible (vs. Harper's Bazaar's Mr. Blasberg's Best Dressed, or Vogue's list, or the humourous Mr. Blackwell's list).
The list was first pulled together by the late, famed fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert, who invented it in 1940. It was the stuff of New York socialites for many years, until Hollywood came along and co-opted all the great clothes.
But this time around, we don't quite agree with the mag's choices of Jessica Chastain, Fan BingBing and Alicia Keys as the best-dressed stars of the year.
Chastain, who appears on half the VF covers (Kate Middleton got the other half), had some great moments during awards season -- in Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Elie Saab -- as well as some not-so-great moments. She's admittedly new to high fashion, and it seems like she's really just dipped a toe in.
When it comes to high fashion, the actresses of the year were, without a doubt, Emma Stone, Michelle Williams and Charlize Theron. In fact, their stylists made the top three (not in that order) of THR's Most Powerful Stylists list this year, given their impeccable and consistent looks during awards season. How could they not top VF's list?
Stone is already wearing Gucci fall 2012, and she knocked it out of the park on her Amazing Spider-Man press tour in a white fall 2012 Dolce & Gabbana lace dress with flowers, among other stellar ensembles.
Williams is just flawlessly gamine chic -- the new Jean Seberg -- and Theron's pale pink Dior Oscar gown was one of the greatest Oscar gowns of all time. We can't believe VF missed them.
They also left out Ryan Gosling, who was just natty for all his red carpets. Nobody wears a suit like this guy -- he makes it look like a second skin, and even in designer clothes, you notice him before the clothes. Who does the fittings of his suits? He has the world's best tailor -- or the world's best body -- or both.
And where is Marion Cotillard? She looked incredible in Cannes and everywhere else, too, in a string of Diors.
Thankfully, VF did chose Diane Kruger, whose wardrobe as a judge at Cannes pretty much made her the world's best dressed woman. On top of that, she has no stylist and does it all herself. Frankly, Kruger should have gotten the cover of this issue.
Other notable Hollywood great dressers not included are Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett, while we could also make a case for Andrew Garfield and Samuel L. Jackson.