Celeb Style: ESSENCE.com's 2011 Best-Dressed List

Celeb Style: ESSENCE.com's 2011 Best-Dressed List
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 21, 2011

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The “Glee” actress knows what works for her, and is always spot-on with her red carpet style. At the SAG Awards she looks super haute in a voluminously ruffled Anne Barge gown.

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At CoverGirl’s 50th anniversary party, Riley works a bodycon Donna Morgan mini, and adds a hint of color to her look with blue satin peep toes.

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If it’s the hottest red carpet gown, bag or shoe, you better believe Beyonce is wearing it. This mother-to-be has even upheld her chicness while expecting. One of her shining moments this year was in an embroidered Emilio Pucci gown at at the ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stunning.

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The highlight of the year was when Knowles announced to the world that she was expecting, in a reddish-orange one-shoulder Lanvin gown.

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There is no competition when it comes to Iman. Her style is classically chic and everything that she steps into comes to life. At the MET Costume Gala, our jaws dropped when Iman arrived in a bronze sequin Stella McCartney jumper. At 56, she proves you can be fabulous at any age.

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At Housing Works’ ‘Design on A Dime’ benefit, Iman brings out the best in updated basics — a white blazer and red patent pumps — and works it like a pro.

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It’s evident in Jill’s style selections that she owns her curves. She’s been in a nostalgic Hollywood glam mode this year and we love it. At the 2nd Annual Mary J. Blige Honors Concert in New York City she wears a stunning scarlet dress that complements all of her curves wonderfully.

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At ‘The Jill Scott Experience Pre-BET Awards Party’ in Hollywood, she steps out in a simple all-black outfit looking as svelte as ever, making leggings lovely again.

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June’s knack for combining color, bold accessories and effortlessly explains why she does this for a living. Here, she wears yet another masterfully color-blocked look at the Attitude by Jay Emanuel for Sears after-party.

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At New York Fashion Week’s Y3 show, June goes for the kill in a belted fur jacket, her signature shades and a turban from her collection. Love!

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Kerry Washington is the ultimate girly girl, which means her dress and gown game is always on point. The Zuhair Murad red sparkle and sheer gown chosen for the Emmy’s was her ultimate va-va voom look.

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This Jenny Packham metallic mini moment is absolutely sexy at the ESPY Awards, and it also had a pleasant backless surprise.

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Michelle Obama is the chicest First Lady ever. Whether she’s belting a casual look with the kids, or looking stunning in Hawaii in this floral print dress, she always brings it.

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This lamé Rodarte dress was the perfect shade of cobalt blue for this year’s Hanukkah celebration. Her matching pearls and kitten heels were pure First Lady chic.

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Rihanna is a style risk-taker, pushing boundaries in color and cut, and fierce head-turning ensembles. This Christian Dior sheared chiffon gown was the best in color overload.

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In London promoting her Reb’l Fleur fragrance, Rihanna goes mod in a mint green one-piece feather look and cat-eye specs. A piece only she could pull off.

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British songstress Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes has brought drama with her carpet looks, and her eclectic originality is refreshing to see. At the Louis Vuitton “Art of Fashion” exhibition in Milan she wears a teal, deep-V zebra gown by the Parisian fashion house, topped with a cap.

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At the ‘Keep A Child Alive Black Ball’ in London, she goes for shine in cobalt blue separates and oversized accessories — signature Shingai style.

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Solange has had the most fashionable year ever, rocking prints, patterns and color like no other, and this Dries Van Noten graphic gown at the MET Gala proves our point.

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Solange wore a printed Thakoon dress that packed serious punch during New York Fashion Week. It’s perfectly Solo’s style.

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She gets it from her mother. Style, swag and beauty packaged in one. Tracee Ellis Ross, our best dressed girlfriend is fly in anything she wears, whether it be a backless dress at the ‘ESSENCE and BET Honor Tracee Ellis Ross’ event or sneakers and Birkin bag on the streets of LA.

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Tracee looked ravishing in red at the ‘MTV Europe Awards,’ in a Parisienne chic silk dress and Louboutin’s to match.

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Zoe Saldana hasn’t had a red carpet miss yet. She exudes confidence and in her style choices, femininity. She nailed a super sexy look at Cannes: an Armani Prive design featuring a white silk organza bodice and striped cascading skirt.

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Even at her most casual, Zoe gets it right. At the ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ LA premiere her floral bodycon mini and pink heels made for a simply pretty moment.

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