Vanity Fair Reveals Best-Dressed for 2012

August 9, 2012 Updated: October 2, 2015
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Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton on May 11, 2012 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

They are elegant. They are stylish. And they are listed as the best-dressed for 2012—according to Vanity Fair’s September issue. The much-anticipated list was revealed on Aug. 1 and includes a wide range of celebrated personalities.

Regal, elegant, and classic styles take the lead in a list that includes a selection of royal family members. Naturally, that means the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, is a frontrunner for the third year in a row. Her tasteful styles frequently adorn magazine pages, so it is no surprise that she is a repeat winner.

Prince Harry, Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser of Qatar, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and Gucci model Charlotte Casiraghi, who is also fourth in line to Monaco’s throne, also earned their places on the list.

The eclectic group includes old Hollywood glamour mixed with a modern flourish, like the stunning Jessica Chastain, who made her mark with bold choices during the award season.

Fan Bingbing adds an ethereal presence, capturing beauty that seems not quite of this world.

Diane Kruger scored high marks for her fashion-forward choices in Cannes and on other red carpets. No doubt she has secured her position on future best-dressed lists, too.

The fashionable know how to incorporate accessories to pull together contrasting motifs that mix various textures and colors. Socialite Poppy Delevigne and model Elettra Wiedemann seem to have mastered the skill and have garnered praise for their creativity.

More fashionable favorites are musician Alicia Keys, designer Stella McCartney, and actress Lea Seydoux.

The interesting mix of best-dressed men includes quarterback Tom Brady, “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer, “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer, and actor Eddie Redmayne.

New York Times fashion photographer, octogenarian Bill Cunningham, was named a “fashion original,” according to a Reuters source, which testifies to the fact that while modern looks may still make the cut, nothing compares to timeless classics.

Perhaps Coco Chanel described it best in this quote, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

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Actress Jessica Chastain.
Actress Jessica Chastain. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images)
Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik/Crown Princess Mary
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik. (Jung Yeon-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
65th Anniversary Party Red Carpet Arrivals
Actress Diane Kruger and actor Joshua Jackson. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge
Charlotte Casiraghi, Gucci model and fourth in line to the throne of Monaco, and Bernard Fornas of Cartier. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Cartier)
Chinese model Fan Bing Bing
Actress Fan Bingbing. (Valery Hache/AFP/GettyImages)
Burberry Autumn Winter 2012 Womenswear
Socialite Poppy Delevigne. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Burberry)
Burberry Autumn Winter 2012 Womenswear
Actor Eddie Redmayne. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Burberry)
"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala
Quarterback Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Dior: Arrivals - Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture S/S 2012
Model Elettra Wiedemann. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)