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Best of 2012~ Best Dresses of the Year

From leg baring sheer gowns, to sensational dresses with flowing trains, 2012 have given us a plethora of color, embroidery, sequins and lace. The red carpet was filled with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lawrence topping best dressed lists everywhere and sent fashion editors rushing to snatch up these gowns for future trend pieces in their fashion spreads. Here's a wrap up of the twelve show-stopping dresses that grabbed the most attention on the red carpet this year! 

Which of the twelve gowns were your favorites?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Ten Best Looks of the Week~

Get the wrap up on the ten best looks of the week!

Singer Taylor Swift looked sensational in this sleek, white, J. Mendel column gown featuring cutouts at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Actress Gabrielle Union looked sensational in this sunny, yellow, Bill Blass, pleated gown with a sexy plunging neckline for the Atlanta red carpet premiere of her new movie Think Like a Man.

 

Actress Brooklyn Decker stepped out for the red carpet premiere of Battleship in Tokyo wearing this sleek, navy and white, Stella McCartney, belted column gown featuring cut-outs at the waist. Actress Emily Blunt attended the private dinner event for designer Elie Saab at the Crown in New York City wearing this lovely, lemon yellow, belted dress from the designer.

 

Actress Kate Bosworth attended the Life Happens event in Century City wearing this dazzling Prada halter neck dress featuring gold and silver embellishments. Actress and singer Selena Gomez attended the Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles wearing this sexy Dolce & Gabbana ensemble featuring a floral print bustier and a shimmering, crystal embellished skirt.

 

Actress Emma Stone wore this pretty, pink, Antonio Berardi dress. She added Irene Neuwirth earrings, a colorful, striped Fendi bag and Alejandro Ingelmo nude wedges to the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards. Actress Kristen Stewart wore this gorgeous, long-sleeved, Stella McCartney, lace minidress featuring a belted waist. Kristen added Barbara Bui suede pumps, silver stacked rings and a sleek ponytail to complete her look for the Kids' Choice Awards.

 

Singer Jennifer Nettles floated down the red carpet in this electric pink, custom Max Azria gown featuring a neon yellow beaded waist. Socialite Olivia Palermo dressed up her denim and oxford shirt with a sparkling jacket and a Miss Dior cross body bag at the premiere of Girls in NYC.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: InStyle, People, Zimbio

Gabrielle Union in Bill Blass at the Atlanta Premiere of Think Like a Man

Gabrielle looked sensational in this sunny, yellow, Bill Blass, pleated gown with a sexy plunging neckline for the Atlanta red carpet premiere of her new movie Think Like a Man.

She added a gold, Judith Leiber box clutch, Liv Haley, Giles & Brother and Caleo jewels and Gianvito Rossi heels to complete her flawless look.

 

 

 

~Christy Patore @christy pastore

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Ten Best Looks of the Week~

Get the wrap up on the ten best looks of the week!

Actress Elizabeth Banks stunned on the red carpet for the UK premiere of The Hunger Games in this lemon yellow, Bill Blass gown. Actress Jennifer Lawrence shimmered in this gold Prabal Gurung design at the L.A. premiere for The Hunger Games.

 

Actress Emily VanCamp attended PaleyFest wearing this gorgeous, navy, Diane Von Furstenberg, lace shift dress. Actress Zoe Saldana attended The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Stylists event wearing this coral, Alexis Mabille Haute Couture, crochet dress accented with a belt at the waist.

 

For the L.A. premiere of The Hunger Games our March Style Icon, Elizabeth Banks looked sensational in this tangerine Versace minidress. Actress Jenna Dewan Tatum walked the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of 21 Jump Street wearing this sexy and sophisticated, white, Notte by Marchesa, strapless mini dress.

 

Actress Rachel Weisz hit the red carpet for the New York City premiere of The Deep Blue Sea wearing this stunning black and red, floral print, Jason Wu, cocktail dress. Actress Michelle Williams was lovely in this pink Valentino asymmetrical dress for the Tokyo premiere of My Week with Marilyn.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge looked beautiful in this grey, Orla Kiely dress with floral embroidery for her visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Supermodel Miranda Kerr is casual cool while running errands in Manhattan, pairing this printed Marni coat with dark rinse Nobody skinny jeans.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: People, InStyle, Zimbio

The Best Dressed Hoosier

It is not easy to document the life of one of fashion's most legendary voices, but author and fashion historian John Tiffany is well-suited for the challenge.

In his new book, Eleanor Lambert: Still Here, Tiffany chronicles the life of a woman who wanted to give American designers an equal voice on the world stage.

Eleanor Lambert was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana (about an hour west of Indianapolis) in 1903 and studied at the John Herron School in Indianapolis (now known as the Herron School for Design at IUPUI). She passed away at the age of 100 in 2003.

Tiffany became acquainted with Lambert in the 80s, when he had the good fortune to work with this amazing woman.  

By then, Lambert had created what would become Fashion Week in New York City, the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).  

She also hosted a show at the Palace of Versailles in France in 1973, showcasing five top American designers (fellow Hoosier Bill Blass among them) with five French designers. The goal was to illustrate how American designers were just as good as their French counterparts.   

"It became obvious I had to tell her story," Tiffany tells Fashion Wrap Up.

"It took her 40 years to show American fashion needed a seat at the table," he says. "We need people like Eleanor Lambert."

Tiffany says Lambert wanted to showcase the work of others and did so as a publicist and patron of fashion and the art community in general.  

Tiffany admits the biggest challenge was trying to "stay true" to her while capturing close to eight decades of fashion history.  

He also says Lambert would purposely keep what he describes as "other alpha females" around to empower other women and spur on some "friendly competition" in the fashion industry.  

The book comes out later this fall.  

~Devon Scott @DevonScottIndy

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