This year's best dressed starlets were the newcomers. This year was to Emma Stone as it was to Ryan Gosling: glorious. Not only did she star in blockbusters like The Help and Crazy Stupid Love (opposite the man of the year himself) but she stunned on the red carpet with daring silhouettes and impeccable hair and makeup.
Already known for her outrageous outfits (more like costumes), Lady Gaga actually streamlined her ensembles this year. What was once a meat dress evolved into a Versace mini, and pant-less unitards turned into wide-legged suits.
This gorgeous Asian import, commonly referred to as "China's Monica Bellucci," is one of the best dressed women in the world. This year, the actress (a virtual unknown in The States) grabbed U.S. headlines with her bold fashion choices on the Cannes red carpet and in the front rows at Fashion Week.
The Hollywood baby boom ignited in 2011, and in the sea of oversized sweaters and moo moos that paraded as trapeze dresses, Jessica Alba showed every mommy-to-be how to dress while preggers. From column gowns with leather jackets to metallic evening ensembles, Alba rocked sidewalks and red carpets alike without tenting her voluptuous frame.
The youngest Olsen sisters proved style is in the genes when she surprised editors and critics alike with savvy red carpet choices in 2011. This McQueen number was only the first piece in a series of high-end aces.
The Margret Pierce star better be scoring a high-paying campaign with Stella McCartney for all the good she did the label this year. Winslet showed off signature curves and womanly elegance in a slew of McCartney pieces including this sheer polka dot dress, later mimicked by Doutzen Kroes and Liv Tyler.
RHW was well known among the fashion crowd prior to 2011, but the whole world took notice of the British beauty when she stared in this year's Transformers sequel. Her red carpet looks were on everyone's best dressed list as she donned sheer Gucci skirts, plunging Burberry gowns, and this strapless Antonio Berardi number.
Mila Kunis shot to stardom in 2011 with a breakout performance in Black Swan, and several stolen spotlights on Hollywood red carpets. She rocked the Golden Globes in a teal Vera Wang Gown, took the Sags by storm in Alexander McQueen, and selected this delicate Elie Saab dress for her Oscars debut.
Rooney Mara's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo transformation lasted long after filming rapped (along with that nipple piercing). The once feminine romantic now drapes stark colors and severe silhouettes on her newly slender frame. Paired with that glam-Goth hair and bold makeup, we don't know which to applaud more: her performance on the screen or the red carpet.
This fashionable heiress doesn't need to be on another best dressed list, but we'll throw it to her anyway. After all, she's already part of the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame (since 1994) and select items of her wardrobe were curated by the museum at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology earlier this year.
This fashionista is as praised for her laid back street style as she is for her cutting-edge red carpet looks. This Jill Sander dress was a favorite among fashion editors, and Kate was the only actress with enough sartorial smarts to work it's simple design with flare.
Honoring all of the fashionable first ladies before her, Michelle Obama displayed sophisticated elegance in pieces by Byron Lars, McQueen, and Doo-ri Chung. In the case of Doo-ri, M'Obama predicted the young designer's collaboration with Macy's by wearing her dress to a state dinner days before the retailer's announcement.
England's primmest rose had the year of her life in 2011. Middleton's wedding was the event to end all events, bringing fame to even her sister's ass; designers like Sarah Burton began lining up to dress the future princess; and anything she bought at her local Zara or Topshop (her favorite stores) sold out in days.