From the Olympics to the Oscars, the Emmys to “Argo,” we ran down the looks that turned heads — in both directions.
From left: Angelina Jolie, Robert Pattinson, and Fergie. Next
Miss: Emerald green named Pantone’s color of the year for 2013
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes it as “the most abundant hue in nature.” We describe it as the most abundant hue in golf pants. If emerald is the color of 2013, we’ll stick with the 2012 choice of tangerine, thank you very much. Since when did hues that evoke locations in the “Wizard of Oz” become stylish?
Pictured: An emerald green color swatch released by Pantone exemplified the company’s Color of the Year for 2013. Next
Hit: Diana Vreeland had a very good year
Diana Vreeland, the legendary Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue editor, passed away in 1989, but interest in her winsome perspective and tornado of a personality soared this year with a must-see documentary, “The Eye Must Travel,” and Amanda Mackenzie Stuart’s extensively researched and exquisitely writtenbiography “Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland.”
Newsweek once called Vreeland “the seismograph of chic . . . [whose] most famous creation turned out to be herself.”
Pictured: A portrait of Diana Vreeland as seen in "DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL," a documentary film directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland. Next
Hit: The FLOTUS and the duchess recycle like everyone else
There was some fashion deja vu going around the White House and Buckingham Palace this year as both first lady Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, tightened their narrow belts and dipped back into their closets for frocks.
These weren’t simply day dresses making a second appearance.
During the third presidential debate, the first lady wore the same Thom Browne-designed dress she wore to the Democratic National Convention weeks earlier. She repeated a Michael Kors dress on election night, and she’s been spotted in the same cobalt blue Preen outfit three times.
In England, the duchess is known to mix and match jackets, dresses, and accessories, some of which have also been seen before.
Pictured: US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle greet attendees at the end of the third and final presidential debate Oct. 22, 2012. Next
Hit /Miss: Mario Testino’s ‘In Your Face’ at the MFA
It was a coup: Peruvian photographer Mario Testino agreed to stage his first major museum exhibition — sexy, star-studded fashion snaps as well as royal portraits — at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Opening night brought Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles to Boston, along with a parade of leggy models and the biggest names in local art and philanthropic circles.
But not everyone enjoyed the show. In his review, Globe critic Mark Feeney wrote: “The pictures all look like ads for some unmentioned product marketed to very rich (if not very discriminating) consumers.”
Pictured: A portrait of Meghan Douglas from the exhibition “In Your Face” by Mario Testino. Next
Miss: Sequins everywhere
What’s with all the glittery garb in stores this year? Shimmering short shorts for evening, bedazzled sweaters for the office, sequined sweatshirts to wear while watching “Homeland.” Worse are the sparkly school clothes that make tots look like backup dancers for Justin Bieber. Here’s a New Year’s resolution: Let’s leave the rhinestones to Honey Boo Boo, shall we? Next
Red carpet hit: Angelina Jolie
This has been a rather fantastic year for red-carpet fashion. With plenty of big budget movie premieres, the fashion extravaganzas that are the Cannes Film Festival and New York City’s annual MET Ball, and one award season fashion statement (Angelina Jolie’s long and shapely leg) so bold it warranted its own Twitter handle, we had plenty to choose from for our roundup of the best and worst red carpet looks of the year.
Where: The 84th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26
Wore: Atelier Versace Next
Red carpet miss: Nicki Minaj
Where: The 40th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 18
Wore: Monique Lhuillier in soothing neon yellow Next
Red carpet hit: Rihanna
Where: The 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12
Wore: Giorgio Armani Next
Red carpet hit: Diane Kruger
Where: The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 27
Wore: Christian Dior Couture Next
Red caret hit: Lena Dunham
Where: Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 7
Wore: Wes Gordon Next
Red carpet hit: Robert Pattinson
Where: The New York premiere of “Cosmopolis” on Aug. 13
Wore: Gucci Next
Red carpet miss: Fergie
Where: The 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12
Wore: Orange Jean Paul Gaultier with black bra and granny pants Next
Red carpet hit: John Hamm
Where: The 64th annual Primetime Emmys in Los Angeles on Set. 23
Wore: Tom Ford Next
Red carpet miss: Meryl Streep
Where: The 84th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26
Wore: Lanvin — or is that wrapping paper? Next
Red carpet hit: Gwyneth Paltrow
Where: The 84th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26.
Wore: Tom Ford Next
Red carpet hit: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Where: The 64th annual Primetime Emmys in Los Angeles on Sept. 23
Wore: Vera Wang Next
Miss: Romper rage
Rule of thumb: Rompers only look cute on toddlers and supermodels.
If you do not fall into one of these categories, please steer clear.
Pictured: A model walked down the runway during the Charlotte Ronson Show on Nov. 10, 2012. Next
Miss: Boston Fashion Week 2012
In 2011, Boston Fashion Week was a triumph.
The city’s designers finally had the opportunity to show in a tent with proper lighting, seating, and organization.
The tent was back this year, but instead of big names, the catwalk was turned over to up-and-coming designers.
That meant Boston’s best were forced to stage shows at hotels all over town, and Boston Fashion Week went back to feeling like a smattering of hit-or-miss parties.
Pictured: Doris Yaffe, left, watched models walk the runway during Boston Common magazine's Fashion Forward, a runway show of Fall 2012 collections. Next
Miss: Ralph Lauren’s Olympic uniforms
The quintessential American designer for the well-to-do prep set caused an uproar when it was revealed that his Olympic uniforms were made in China.
His sartorial faux pas quickly became fodder for social media mavens and politicians.
Pictured, from left: Swimmer Ryan Lochte, decathlete Bryan Clay, rower Giuseppe Lanzone, and soccer player Heather Mitts modeled the the official Team USA Opening Ceremony Parade Uniform. Next
Hit: Stella McCartney’s Olympic uniforms
The British runway designer was tasked with creating uniforms for the British team, and the results were subtle, sleek, and scored her the gold from fashion fans.
She incorporated elements of the Union Jack without turning British athletes into walking flags.
We can only hope that other countries (we’re looking at you Spain) will learn from McCartney’s success.
Pictured: Triple jumper Phillips Idowu, left, and heptathlete Jessica Ennis, right, posed with fashion designer Stella McCartney during the unveiling of the new British Olympic Team GB kit . Next
Miss: Plunging V-necks for men
Men’s V-neck tees continued their plunge, leading to an epidemic of gentleman’s decolletage. You’ll hear little objection from us when this look is seen on Ryan Gosling.
But Jude Law must think low necklines will distract from his high forehead (Hey Jude, they’re not working). On Colin Farrell, these pec-revealing tees and henleys feel more dirty than sexy. Can we bring the crew neck out of retirement now?
Pictured: Farrell posed during a photocall in Paris for"Total Recall" on July 9, 2012. Next
Miss: Lindsay Lohan
A glance at red carpet pictures made it clear who took the title of best dressed starlet of 2012 — and who was the worst dressed. The bad news first: No matter how hard she tried, Lindsay Lohan couldn’t find a style that worked. Frankly, she looked better at her court appearances than on the red carpet.
Pictured, from left: Lohan in a nude striped metalic dress at the Mr. pinnk Ginseng Drink party, Lohan in Prada at the Weinstein Company 2012 Golden Globe After Party, and Lohan in Donna Dashini at the premiere of the made-for-TV movie “Liz & Dick.” Next
Hit: Emma Stone
Meanwhile, the lovely Emma Stone had star style all buttoned up.
Pictured, from left: Stone in Burberry Prorsum at the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fun Awards, Stone in Martin Grant at the MTV Movie Awards, and Stone in Valentino at Elle’s 19th Annual Women in Hollywood celebration. Next
Hit: Period dramas (and costumes) having a moment
The clothes were just as entertaining (and in some cases, more entertaining) than the scripts and the acting in some television dramas.
We’ve already come to expect retro sartorial eye candy from “Mad Men” — je t’aime “Zou Bisou Bisou” — and “Downton Abbey.” In 2012, neither show disappointed.
The return of BBC America’s “The Hour” was another polished, mid-century delight.
There were even highlights to be found in eras not usually celebrated for style acumen. Witness the poly-blend deliciousness of Ben Affleck’s “Argo.”
Pictured: Aaron Stanton, Vincent Kartheiser, and Alison Brie, in character for an episode of Mad Men. Next
Miss: Collaborations that were just meh
Four days after the launch of the highly anticipated Maison Martin Margiela collection for H&M, we strolled through the Newbury Street location to find the shelves well-stocked.
Nearly a week after the kickoff of the Neiman Marcus and Target holiday giftware collaboration, racks at one Target were still neatly stacked and surprisingly full.
We’d braced ourselves for another Missoni for Target mad dash, where fevered shoppers grabbed anything with a limited edition tag just to own a piece of the collection. But these collaborations were just meh.
Next on the Target collaboration calendar is Prabal Gurung, which drops Feb. 10 and looks very promising. But will Kohl’s sleek capsule line with designer Derek Lam, also debuting in spring, steal our hearts and wallets?
Pictured: A photo provided by Target shows Alice and Olivia's floral print bike, a part of the Neiman Marcus/Target collection. Next
Miss: A plague of pastels
Thank you for being a friend? This summer’s explosion of pastels had us singing the theme from “The Golden Girls” as aspiring Blanche Devereauxs everywhere decided that hues of pale peach, washed-out pistachio, and unripened rhubarb were the best way to show off their girly side.
It all looked like a cotillion sponsored by Baby Gap. Of course, the pastels weren’t all bad: My grandmother was thrilled that she was finally on trend.
Pictured: A model walked the runway during the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2012 fashion show on Feb. 14, 2012 in New York City. Next
Hit: Taylor Swift gets preppy
Perhaps it has something to do with her romantic fling with a Kennedy. Or a summer spent on Cape Cod. Whatever the reason, classic New England influences seemed to take pop princess Taylor Swift’s style to the next level.
The A-line frocks with demure hemlines and crisp cotton blouses paired with sensible flats and a swipe of red lipstick — we suspect that Jackie O would approve. And a fashion statement that says, “I’m all grown up now” without flashing an excess of skin?
We like it, Taylor. Even if you and a certain Mr. Wrong are never, ever getting back together.
Pictured: Swift posed for photographs in Sydney, Australiaon Nov. 26, 2012. Next
Hit: Men get a bevy of shopping options
After years of limited retail options for men in Boston, 2012 saw a boom of fresh shopping destinations.
Local store Ball and Buck opened a second (and much larger store, joining other newcomers such as Fred Perry, Bonobos, Gant, Alton Lane, another J.Crew speciality store, plus a section just for guys at the new Rag & Bone.
Guys, there are officially no more excuses for being poorly dressed.
Pictured: A collection of shirts are displayed at Ball and Buck on Newbury Street in Boston, which offers an eclectic mix of durable American-made, rustic, and 'manly' products. Next
Hit: 5 models who ruled the runway
Models Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Liu Wen, and Freja Beha turned heads this year. Check out where you might have seen thee stylish ladies in the next slides. Next
Hit: Karlie Kloss
Signature: Lean and leggy
Where you’ve seen her: MTV’s “House of Style” reboot, Oscar de la Renta spring campaign Next
Hit: Joan Smalls
Signature: 1,000-yard stare
Where you’ve seen her: MTV’s “House of Style” reboot, Fendi and Givenchy fall campaigns Next
Hit: Cara Delevingne
Signature: Brazen brows
Where you’ve seen her: Burberry’s spring 2012 campaign with “Les Mis” actor Eddie Redmayne Next
Hit: Liu Wen
Who: Liu Wen
Where you’ve seen her:
Estée Lauder’s print
campaigns, Rag & Bone’s fall 2012
NEW YORK, NY—NOVEMBER 07: Model Liu Wen walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)—stylehighsandlows Next
Hit: Freja Beha
Who: Freja Beha
Signature: Shag haircut
Where you’ve seen her:
Campaigns for Zara’s fall 2012 line and Valentino’s new scent, Valentina
NEW YORK—FEBRUARY 13: Model Freja Beha walks the runway at the Rag & Bone Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Cedar Lake on February 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images)—stylehighsandlows Back to the beginning
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