2013 Best Dressed List


Happy New Year, all you fabulous bitches! Are you ready to relive the magic and wonder that was the 2013 red carpet? 

Achievement in Metallics:
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, JESSICA CHASTAIN, and JENA MALONE
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Monique Lhuillier; Jessica Chastain in Giorgio Armani; Jena Malone in Nicholas Oakwell

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Monique Lhuillier; Jessica Chastain in Giorgio Armani; Jena Malone in Nicholas Oakwell

Monochromatic Mavens:
CAREY MULLIGAN, MILLA JOVOVICH, KATE BOSWORTH, and NINA DOBREV
Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga; Milla Jovovich in Chanel; Kate Bosworth in Christopher Kane; Nina Dobrev in Naeem Khan

Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga; Milla Jovovich in Chanel; Kate Bosworth in Christopher Kane; Nina Dobrev in Naeem Khan

Best in Menswear:
IDRIS ELBA, ZACHARY QUINTO, and EDDIE REDMAYNE
Idris Elba in Prada; Zachary Quinto in Todd Snyder and Givenchy

Idris Elba in Prada; Zachary Quinto in Todd Snyder and Givenchy

Eddie Redmayne in

Eddie Redmayne in Boss Black, Tom Ford, Topman, and Burberry

Underage and Over-Fabulous:
KIERNAN SHIPKA
Kiernan Shipka in Delpozo, Dolce & Gabbana, and Oscar de la Renta

Kiernan Shipka in Delpozo, Dolce & Gabbana, and Oscar de la Renta

Style Versatility Award:
KERRY WASHINGTONZHANG ZIYI, and NICOLE KIDMAN
Kerry Washington in Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, and Giles

Kerry Washington in Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, and Giles

Zhang Ziyi in Christian Dior, Elie Saab, and Carolina Herrera

Zhang Ziyi in Christian Dior, Elie Saab, and Carolina Herrera

Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior, Altuzarra, and Valentino

Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior, Altuzarra, and Valentino

Diva’s Style Icons:
MICHELLE DOCKERYEMMA WATSON, and FAN BINGBING
Michelle Dockery in Alexandre Vauthier, L'Wren Scott, and Prada

Michelle Dockery in Alexandre Vauthier, L’Wren Scott, and Prada

Emma Watson in J. Mendel, Chanel, and Maxime Simoëns

Emma Watson in J. Mendel, Chanel, and Maxime Simoëns

Fan Bingbing in Elie Saab (far left & far right looks) and Louis Vuitton (center looks)

Fan Bingbing in Elie Saab (far left & far right looks) and Louis Vuitton (center looks)

Designer Devotee:
MARION COTILLARD for Dior
Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior

Best Red Carpet Newcomer:
LUPITA NYONG’O
Lupita Nyong'o in Moschino, Cushnie et Ochs, and Lanvin

Lupita Nyong’o in Moschino, Cushnie et Ochs, and Lanvin

Lupita Nyong'o in Prabal Gurung, Honor, and Christopher Kane

Lupita Nyong’o in Prabal Gurung, Honor, and Christopher Kane

Most Fabulous Press Tour:
ELIZABETH BANKS for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab, Versace, and Jason Wu

Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab, Versace, and Jason Wu

Red Carpet Risktakers:
NICOLE RICHIEZOE SALDANA, and CATE BLANCHETT
Nicole Richie in Dilek Hanif, Alberta Ferretti, and Dolce & Gabbana

Nicole Richie in Dilek Hanif, Alberta Ferretti, and Dolce & Gabbana

Zoe Saldana in Antonio Berardi, Alexis Mabille, and Gucci

Zoe Saldana in Antonio Berardi, Alexis Mabille, and Gucci

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, and Valentino

Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé, Christian Dior, Balenciaga, and Valentino

The Diva Next Door:
JENNIFER LAWRENCE
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior, Prabal Gurung, and Calvin Klein

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior, Prabal Gurung, and Calvin Klein

2013’s Most Prolific Fashionista:
DIANE KRUGER
Diane Kruger in Emanuel Ungaro, Thakoon, and Valentino

Diane Kruger in Emanuel Ungaro, Thakoon, and Valentino

Diane Kruger in Chanel, Valentino, and Prabal Gurung

Diane Kruger in Chanel, Valentino, and Prabal Gurung

A Note to my dear, devoted readers: I will be taking the bar exam at the end of February, which means that posting will be seriously decreased for the next two months. I will finish blogging this season of Project Runway All Stars, and my weekly Veronica Mars recaps with the Snark Squad will continue as well, but regular weekly fashion recaps will be on hiatus. I would also never leave you without coverage of the Golden Globes red carpet, which is in a few weeks, but expect that coverage to be a little more sparse and delayed than usual. Luckily, the Academy Awards gods have delayed their usual late-February broadcast to early March, so I will have the time to be all over the Oscars fashion when the time comes. The good news is, as soon as the bar exam is over, it will be time for March Fabness! So be patient, read through some old posts, and don’t give up on Democracy Diva, because this bitch will certainly not give up on you.


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9 responses to 2013 Best Dressed List

  1. GOOD LUCK! This reminds me of when you were studying for your LSAT. I feel like The Golden Globes will be similar to the night of your birthday, when you poke your head out of the ground for one night of drunken fun before retreating back into your study hole. Can’t wait to Twitter celebrate with you when you’re all done 🙂

    I will have zero concept of what celebrities are wearing for the next couple months. Out of, um, solidarity. (Or also out of not caring enough to read other fashion blogs. Either, or.)

    • democracydiva – Author

      +1 to everything about celebrating and drunken revelry and the brief, beautiful respite the Golden Globes will give me. Also, attempting to remember that birthday made my really happy just now.

      Your devotion/apathy is always appreciated. I will still be secretly organizing the new celebrity looks I don’t have time to blog about into my infamous March Fabness spreadsheets, so you’ll catch up on everything important in the spring.

  2. My fave here is Kiernan Shipka. She doesn’t disappoint. I had enjoyed watching Miley Cyrus blossom into a woman before she went to the dark side. I find fashion so much more interesting when the clothing wearer doesn’t scream for attention. There is beauty in subtlety. I love Kerry Washington. I hope that People Magazine names her “Most Beautiful” in 2014. She has certainly become relevant through consistency and hard work. Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain are both beauties who know how to dress, and they don’t seem to take themselves too seriously.

    Happy New Year! Happy Blogging! Happy Bar Exam!

    • democracydiva – Author

      I could talk for HOURS about how much I love Kiernan Shipka. A true prodigy, playing Sally Draper since she was six years old, and she has only gotten more talented and fascinating and wonderful. (Also, that casting director was some kind of genius, because she looks more and more like her on-screen mom January Jones with every passing season.) She’s the rare young star who seems like she has her head on her shoulders, like she’ll follow in the path of Dakota Fanning (19 years old and still has resisted a tacky, faux-bad girl phase) and Jennifer Lawrence (my personal icon) rather than Miley. Miley had a few good looks this year that I almost included in this post, but it was getting too long. Mostly, I find her exhausting.

      I would absolutely vote for Kerry Washington for Most Beautiful, but sadly, People tends to not be 100% on-the-mark when it comes to such decisions.

      One more thing I love about Jennifer Lawrence – she’s open about the fact that she makes none of her own fashion decisions because she doesn’t know what she’s doing when it comes to personal style. She has stylists she trusts who do it all for her. (Most celebrities do, but most of them pretend like they’re the ones putting the outfits together. Jennifer, bless her heart, doesn’t put on such airs.)

      A very happy new year to you too! ❤

  3. Ashley D

    Best of luck to my favorite bitch on her bar exam! You’re gonna crush it! xoxo

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