Gwyneth Paltrow stunned at the Oscars in a white Tom Ford column gown topped with a cape.(Photo: Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY)
From Gwyneth Paltrow's Oscar dress-and-cape combo to Michelle Obama's
custom convention outfit, stars hit plenty of high notes when it came
to style in 2012 with their bold and sometimes offbeat choices. The top
Gwyneth Paltrow: Academy Awards, Feb. 26
Queen of Perfection lived up to her title when she glided onto the
Oscars red carpet in a stunning white Tom Ford column gown topped with
an equally majestic cape. The look, accessorized with a blinged-out Anna
Hu cuff and floral ring, catapulted Paltrow to the top of everyone's
best-dressed lists and cemented her place in the annals of
picture-perfect celebrity taste-makers.
Angelina Jolie: Academy Awards
though she is, Brad Pitt's fiancée is not known for setting trends with
her understated, muted red-carpet style. However, she grabbed plenty of
attention at the Oscars when she repeatedly kicked her shapely right
leg out of the slit of her dramatic black velvet Atelier Versace dress.
The somewhat-awkward gesture was mocked for weeks, and her famous
appendage even got its own Twitter account: @AngiesRightLeg.
Beyoncé: Met Gala, May 7
four months after giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter, the pop
supernova showed up fashionably late to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Costume Institute gala, where she was the last celeb to walk the red
carpet. But her late arrival was more than worth the wait. Beyoncé set
off an explosion of flashbulbs when she flashed her famous figure in a
completely sheer, black lace Givenchy gown with a feathered purple ombré
train. Mamma mia!
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge: Olympic gala, May 11
has one of the most-watched wardrobes in the world, so when she stepped
out for a Team GB celebration ahead of the Olympics this spring, all
eyes were on her lace Jenny Packham gown. The jade gown not only
flattered the royal's slim figure, but it also gave her an opportunity
to show some skin via a sheer lace back, which is something she doesn't
do very often. With her elegant chignon and metallic Jimmy Choo heels,
she looked every bit the part of princess.
Michelle Obama: Democratic National Convention, Sept. 4
her ongoing love affair with under-the-radar designers and J.Crew on
full display, the first lady donned a romantic Tracy Reese frock and a
pair of pink suede pumps from the preppy retailer for the DNC this fall.
Reese custom-designed the silk jacquard frock, which featured an
abstract Baroque wallpaper print and came in a rosy pink and gray.
Obama's greige nail polish also got fashion lovers talking. Luckily for
them, the polish turned out to be a $15 gel color, plus the pumps
retailed for $245 at J.Crew, and the dress later went on sale for a