Vanity Fair Best Dressed: Who Made The List?
2nd OF August 2012
Kate Middleton is now officially in the golden heights of fashion.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been named the world's most fashionably dressed person by Vanity Fair magazine – and this is a list which encompasses men and women of all ages and countries.
However, there's some controversy about the choice, and not just because Middleton refuses to wear that tremendous wedding gown everywhere she goes.
Middleton's style has been criticised by some big names as very 'safe'. Stockings, knee-length skirts, cap sleeves – she likes British designers, but doesn't take risks, preferring classic silhouettes done impeccably well. But perhaps that's what we need in this uncertain time.
The rest of the list was less controversial – at least for fashion insiders. The second best-dressed person? Bill Cunningham, veteran photographer, inspiration to a generation of fashion snappers and impeccable dandy for at least 50 years. Well deserved.
Our favourites? Livia Firth, wife of Colin, who has her own sustainable fashion line and always manages to combine eco-fashion with tremendous style; Fan BingBing, the wonderful Chinese actress who takes every couture show by storm with her dramatic 1940s sense of style and incredible skin, and Jessica Chastain, who takes the other cover of Vanity Fair. Chastain rarely puts a foot wrong, but it's hard to with those cheekbones.
RESCU loves that Vanity Fair put some proper fashionistas in the top twenty – not known to the press, perhaps, not world famous, but possessed of incredible style and fearlessness.
Our pick for favourite of the bunch? Number 11 on the list, Michelle Harper, who wears couture every day, is a muse to several designers and is the heir to Isabella Blow's sense of occasion.
One massive exclusion we can't forgive? Cate Blanchett. She looks fashion-forward even when boarding a 20-hour flight.
Who else did Vanity Fair leave off? Do you agree with their favourites?
Image: Vanity Fair Best Dressed covers for 2012.