December 28th, 2012
Best of 2012, Celebrity Style, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Solange Knowles
Best of 2012: Fashionista of the Year
By Claire

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.

2. Rihanna

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.

Sometimes we’d despair, aching for our old Rih Rih back…

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!

Jenny is not new to the game, and while she’s found her chic stride, she rarely surprises, preferring to skew sophisticated vs. trendy or overwhelmingly overdone.

There’s certainly style in simplicity. With fine threads, a sickening shoe game, adorable twins, and gorgeous Casper Smart by her side, what more does a Bronx girl need?

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.

Glamourous, yet reasonable, Michelle Obama represents the best in fashion: dressing in a way appropriate to your position, all while keeping an eye on your pocket.

It doesn’t get better than that, does it?
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79 Responses to “Best of 2012: Fashionista of the Year”

  1. Debbie says:

    It’s between solo and riri because solo gave us prints and mix match which we love and riri always switching it up … Ppl always criticize how awful she dress but when I go to city all I see is her style all over … She gave us the sporty and class look… Jlo was good to but sometimes she make things look cheap sometimes …love Mitchell Obama but she dress like an older person nothing wrong with that but not for my age. She’s great tho

  2. Likkle Miss says:

    Oh come on, Solo all day. ALL DAY. Kerry is so pretty, but very one note -always a pretty dress. Rihanna is always fun to watch, but sooo many of her looks this year missed the mark for me. So glad you didn’t add Kim K in here, since forming one half of Kimye, a fashionista she is not.

  3. Likkle Miss says:

    Also, I dislike when people say the flotus is boring in her fashion. She’s the first lady, there is a certain standard she is required to keep up. You wanna see your first lady in bodycon dresses? didn’t think so. She maintains her position, but manages to make it stylish without looking matronly. She is certainly the most fashionable since Jackie O.

  4. Tifani says:

    I’ve got to go with Solange because she has REALLY stepped up her fashion game this year! Next is J.lo who rarely get’s it wrong, she’s always fabulous!!!! Lastly is Rihanna,although 2012 was a bad year for her fashion wise. There’s no doubt that this girl can work it when she’s styled correctly!!!

  5. Tessa B says:

    This was SUPER tough!! I love them all. lol @ the rihanna in pajamas comment! Love Solo and Rih, but SOLO is the obvious choice.

  6. Crystal says:

    Shoot me but I dont see much difference in Solange’s fashion choices from last year. These pics of Rih were clearly biased. ha! I voted for J.Lo because she’s not in the spotlight much but when she is…nobody can touch her.

  7. Miss j says:

    Solange she killed it this year

  8. Danielle says:

    THE TITLE SHOULD GO TO SOLANGE HANDS DOWN! Solange has always been a trendsetter and I absolutely love her style she always looks so classy and chic!

  9. Cocoa Bean says:

    Rihanna is Legendary… that is all.

  10. Cyndi says:

    I”m in love with La Lopez but I had to vote for Solange. On a sidenote Rihanna is no fashionista shes a walking billboard, but she did kill in that Grammy dress.

  11. Yashi says:

    Michelle O is so 2008….yet so 2012-2016!! Love Her!

  12. Siyam says:

    Solo and MO were my two tied folks but I ultimately gave it to Solo

  13. SLIMB says:

    Solange, or JLO !!

  14. hotmama says:

    Solange, Kerry Washington, the Mrs. Obama…JLo’s legs are hideously shaped and Rihanna looks like she smells

  15. Miss. Crystal says:

    Solo wins it for me!

  16. Jessica says:

    Solange wins! I don’t care what you got on, but if most the time you look like you smell and need a shower, you are not on my list, sorry Rih Rih.

  17. Fa says:

    All these women are Bad Bunnies

  18. Anonymous says:

    Rihanna this year was a disappoinment & the pics chosen were some of her better looks but im torn between j.lo and solo hmm tough decision

  19. andrea says:


  20. Lavish Mind says:

    Solange & Rihanna …

  21. jme says:

    Solange :-)

  22. Kishonda says:

    Im here for BX baby..JLO. SOLO second .

  23. Madpet says:

    This is a hard one. I couldn’t pick between Jlo and Solange. It’s a tie!!

  24. Nicole says:

    Solange for style and JLo for best body….those abs.

  25. Anne says:

    I would say solange then riri or keri

  26. Santana-Maroe says:

    Jennifer Lopez!!!!! First Lady Michelle close 2nd!

  27. Kris says:

    Yes indeed! Solange is my contemporary style icon as well. Her style is very daring and unique.

  28. Her style is very daring and unique.

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