We’re ending our Best of 2012 series with our most dynamic feature: Fashionista of the Year.
2012 saw a slew of stylish ladies gracing red carpets and TV appearances in glorious gowns, multi printed pieces, dangerously low cut stunners, and practical picks. From Presidential First Ladies to Pop Stars, let’s take a look at who Fashion Bomb readers nominated.
1. Solange Knowles
Our Fashionista of the Year 2011 winner has steadily held onto her crown through 2012, cementing her place in our hearts as a certified style icon.
The DJ, Mom, and songstress has wowed us with her adept use of prints, patterns, and playful looks that mix Afrocentricity with utter luxury. Whether in her signature yellow hue or working a patterned suit, she stands out with her mop of curly tendrils and fresh faced glow.
Fittingly, several other outlets have caught on to Solange’s je ne sais quoi. Vogue US has named her Best Dressed for two years in a row, and La Knowles has also managed to nab gigs with Carol’s Daughter, Madewell, and Rimmel.
Elle US oozed over her fantastic home decor, while Elle South Africa lauded her singular style. Rika magazine photographed her in Givenchy separates, and Glamour France peppered her body with prints.
Who could blame them? No matter where she goes, Solange manages to shine. A few of her stand out looks this year: the printed two piece she wore to the launch of H&M Mexico, the optic white Stéphane Rolland stunner she donned to the DKMS Gala, her numerous Roberto Cavalli moments, the Salvatore Ferragamo pieces she rocked to the brand’s 5th avenue flagship reopening, her Stella McCartney paisley number, and of course the lemony strapless Rachel Roy gown she wore to the 2012 Met Gala (naturally, it’s nominated for Outfit of the Year).
She truly drove it home with the flawless ‘fits she earmarked for her Losing You video, shot in South Africa.
We can only dream of what else she turns out as she continues to promote her sophomore project.
This Knowles is on fire! And she’s showing no signs of slowing down. Look back at this year’s highlights here.
Rihanna dominated as Fashionista of the Year for 2007-2010, until she unceremoniously lost her crown to Solange in 2011. Rih has been evolving as an artist, and her wardrobe reflects her new laid back vibe.
Sure, we fell in love with her edgy Gareth Pugh looks and full on Louis Vuitton ensembles, but she’s kept us intrigued with the unexpected. The glam gal who used to only sport stilettos started sidling up to Vans, Jordans, and Timberland boots.
But then, just like that, the Bajan beauty turned up at a movie premiere or gala in a look that shut the whole dern place down (paging her Grammy’s Armani dress and her Tom Ford Met Gala gown, both currently in the running for Outfit of the Year).
Rihanna has such range, she can go from homeboy to hot siren and everywhere in between in an instant, looking gorgeous at every shutter snap.
2012 also saw Rihanna get more involved in the industry, whether spearheading her Styled to Rock show, or trying her hand at design. After creating a capsule with Armani, she joined forces with River Island to produce a collection.
She nabbed her 2nd Vogue cover in 2012, and appeared (basically naked) in GQ, V Magazine, and on the cover of her 7th (!) album, Unapologetic.
Her bold, devil may care attitude is simply what we love about her.
With a lithe body that looks good in just about anything, an adventurous spirit, and a heap of hairstyles to match, Rihanna held our attention. And isn’t taking risks all while looking fly what being a fashionable artist is all about?
We think so. Take a look back at Rih here.
3. Kerry Washington
With a hit show on TV, and a major movie in theaters, Kerry Washington is gunning for that number one Hollywood spot.
When out and about, she exudes Tinsel Town chic, flaunting looks from Gucci to Mary Katrantzou to Temperley.
Breathtaking beauty is always her best accessory, along with a thin frame which clothes hang off effortlessly.
With several projects in the works, she posed for Elle, Vogue Italia, Vibe, Los Angeles Confidential, and Uptown magazines.
With brilliance and radiance to match, her chic picks are only the cherry on top.
See a selection of her looks here.
4. Jennifer Lopez
One thing is clear about Jenny from the Block: she knows what looks good, all the time.
You’ll rarely see J. Lo looking anything but picture perfect. Her judging role on American Idol was a simple study in stunning ensembles.
From neon Michael Kors to Valentino to straight-off-the runway Salvatore Ferragamo, we knew every time we asked you whether a La Lopez look was Hot or Hmm…, we’d get a resounding Hot!
See more J.Lo here.
5. First Lady Michelle Obama
Everyone has a love affair with President Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle fulfills her role of First Lady with grace and utter elegance.
She dazzles at every stop in pieces plucked from American designers, from everyday staples like J.Crew to custom Tracy Reese.
With rarely a hair out of place, our First Lady is fabulous. Knee length shifts work well for her, as do dotted pencil skirts, cardigans, and kitten heels.
The best thing about our First Lady’s style is its relatability. With a slew of high profile A-listers twirling around in thousand dollar frocks, Michelle sources from ASOS, tips into Target, and unapologetically wears her pieces more than once.
It doesn’t get better than that, does it?
Who should be 2012′s Fashionista of the Year?