Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List

Vanity Fair's 2012 Style Issue Gets Two Cover Stars

Vanity Fair gave us a preview of its 73rd International Best-Dressed list today with the top spot going to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge again for the second year in a row. The Duchess has gained worldwide recognition for recycling fashions and wearing accessible brands. Catherine also knows how to make a glamorous entrance wearing stunning, figure flattering gowns to charity galas and red carpet events, and she does it all effortlessly.

The Duchess will appear on the cover of the magazine's September issue available at newsstands, but it's Oscar nominee, Jessica Chastain's cover that will be delivered to subscribers' mailboxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica made the list for reasons none other than her elegance and striking red-carpet looks including wearing breathtaking designs from Zac Posen, Gucci and Elie Saab.

Other style stars on this year's list include fashion designers, models and a bevy of royals: Stella McCartney, Diane Kruger, Alice + Olivia designer, Stacey Bendet, Erika  Bearman aka Oscar PR Girl, Jay Z, Matt Lauer and Prince Harry.

Which cover do you prefer? Who would you have liked to see make the list?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Vanity Fair, Zimbio, People

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

(Pictures courtesy the CFDA and portfolio.com)

Ordinary World?

While it's hard to imagine anyone criticizing the newly-minted Duchess of Cambridge for her style choices, it appears to be happening more frequently.

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood reportedly told the "Sunday Times Magazine," "Her image is 'ordinary woman.' I just think she should be an extraordinary woman, wherever she gets her clothes from.'"

Westwood went on to call Kate's eye make-up "hard."

Others in the industry have come out against the Duchess' decision to re-wear outfits as well.

Middleton recently topped the "Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List."

What do you think? Does Kate need a fashion fix or is Westwood being too harsh? Sound off on Twitter @FashionWrap!

 

 

~Devon Scott @PeytonSlamming

photo courtesy of zimbio.com

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