Between runway shows, campaign images, street-style snaps and parties galore, 2012 has been taken over by the world’s supermodels! And so, in celebration of this year’s most memorable high-fashion moments, Modelinia is proud to announce the release of its highly anticipated 2012 Style Awards.
The annual ‘Best Dressed’ list honors those models who have time and time again demonstrated a flare for creating head-turning off-the-runway looks, placing them among fashion’s leading tastemakers. This year, our savvy team of editors have scoured through hundreds of photos to bring you the top red carpet and street-style model moments, while paying tribute to the models who continue to lead the way in today’s world of high-fashion and beauty. Narrowing down our list to just four nominees wasn’t easy, but after much debate we’ve finally locked down the winners of each of the nine categories. From the ‘Best Accessorizer’ to this year’s ‘Style Icon,’ we’re pleased to present the full list of Modelinia Style Award winners and nominees of 2012!
When Jessica attended Coach’s Summer Party on the High Line everyone did a double take. Jessica accessorized her pink and black Versus Spring 2012 dress with a pair of platform Pierre Hardy sneakers, a hot pink Coach cross body bag and neon orange nail polish. The look was sporty, eye-catching, and more importantly, a total winner!
2012 was chock full of baby announcements from some of the most beautiful women in the world! New mom Lily Aldridge impressed us the most while keeping up appearances at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and managing to stay just as chic off the runway. Her post-baby looks never cease to amaze!
If there is one young model who took the fashion world by storm this year, it had to be Cara Delevingne! The British Fashion Award’s ‘Model of the Year’ recipient had everyone talking with her quirky street-style ensembles—not to mention her countless runway appearances! Like any true top model, Cara found just as much success on the red carpet with her well-crafted and always glamorous attire. Cara is without a doubt well on her way to achieving fashion stardom and we for one can’t wait to see what this up-and-comer has in store for us next!
Every year, the Met Ball is a guaranteed fashion spectacle with dramatic looks by some of the hottest women in Hollywood. When it came to heart stopping risks though, no one did it as well as Karolina Kurkova! The stunning supermodel stepped out in a head-to-toe gold Rachel Zoe number and matching turban for the highly anticipated red carpet event, kicking off a risk taker moment made in heaven!
Even if you’re not a model lover or fashion enthusiast, chances are you’re still well acquainted with supermodel Naomi Campbell. On top of being one of fashion’s most celebrated supermodels, Naomi always hits the mark when it comes to red carpet looks, making her the perfect choice for our Style Icon Award! And as one of the new mentors on Oxygen’s upcoming modeling competition reality series, The Face, we can look forward to seeing even more of her signature style in the year to come.
With sleek cut-outs and bra tops galore, bare midriffs were seen everywhere in 2012! Fashion trends aside, 2012 was also an impressive year for Dree Hemingway as far as attention to her style goes. With her mix of fun patterns and daring accessories, she has proven herself to be a true trendsetter time and time again. One of our favorite eye-popping looks from Dree this year was the model’s Dolce & Gabbana Chili Pepper Print Bustier and matching Poplin Skirt. The midriff-bearing ensemble earned Dree top honors!
We’re used to seeing Candice Swanepoel strutting the Victoria’s Secret runway in lingerie and wings, but even in dressy shorts, we still love this supermodel’s style! The Angel stole the spotlight this year in gold metallic shorts, a simple tank top and strappy heels while visiting Brazil, no doubt causing style envy worldwide.
Bar Refaeli is a known stunner with the number one spot on Maxim’s Hot 100 List to prove it. However, the supermodel’s shining moment came when she attended the Annual Elton John Aids Foundation Oscar Viewing Party looking like a golden goddess in a lovely Roberto Cavalli gown. The Israeli model chose unique chandelier earrings designed by Lorraine Schwartz to complete her look, earning her a top spot on our list!
The Cannes Film Festival is full of fun parties and premieres, but all paled in comparison to Natasha Poly’s red carpet style! The model stunned in an emerald dress from the Gucci Fall 2012 Collection. With its plunging neckline, thigh-high slit and striking green leopard print, Natasha’s look was hands down our red carpet winner.