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Michelle Obama, France’s Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and the United Kingdom’s Samantha Cameron top Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed List for 2010.
“Michelle Obama plays a very important role in fashion right now,” Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair special correspondent, told TODAY’s Matt Lauer Tuesday, referring to the U.S. first lady’s mix of designer labels with affordable brands like J. Crew, Talbots and Isaac Mizrahi’s Liz Claiborne. “Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has a sexier, sultrier look. And Samantha Cameron is the first visibly pregnant first lady we’ve had on the list.”
Gaga for Gaga
Cracking the list for the first time in the “Originals” category is the avant-garde Lady Gaga, who is also Vanity Fair’s cover girl for September.
“People who make the list are individuals. They don’t look like everyone else,” Fine Collins explained. “They tend to be fashion leaders, not followers. They set the trends, not follow them.”
As for Gaga specifically, she “reinvented the medium of fashion. She’s included anything and everything into fashion, from telephones to wheelchairs. She’s consistently herself.”
Hollywood also figures prominently on this year’s list — the 71st the magazine has issued — with Carey Mulligan and Javier Bardem making the cut for the first time.
Mulligan, who famously turned down an offer from Vogue’s Anna Wintour to help her choose her Academy Awards outfit, is an original. “She is a Hollywood girl who is not the typical Hollywood type,” Fine Collins said. “She’s adorable and women love her.”
Bardem, who recently married Penelope Cruz in the Bahamas, “cleans up nicely. He wears jeans and T-shirts and looks equally at ease in suits.”
But don’t expect to see “Salt” actress Angelina Jolie on the list this year. Her super-safe fashion choices of black, black and more black from mainstream designers have led fashion watchers to label her with one dreaded word — boring.
NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams was named to the list for the third time, making him eligible for induction to the Hall of Fame next year. Meanwhile, debuting in the hall this year is soccer star David Beckham (who once gave Lauer the suit off his back after the TODAY star expressed his admiration for it).
And proving that it’s never too late to be fashionable, Alec Baldwin of “30 Rock” re-entered the list — after a 21-year absence.
The late fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert founded the International Best-Dressed List in 1939. Vanity Fair magazine took over the list, now in its 71st year, in 2004.
Several thousand ballots are circulated to designers, retailers, editors, filmmakers, social figures, photographers, former winners and entertainers, with the intention of honoring individuality, chic and originality on the highest level. A small committee oversees the popular vote to ensure balance and categorizes individuals.
Below is Vanity Fair’s complete 2010 Best-Dressed List. For more information, visit Vanity Fair’s website by clicking here.
INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST: WOMEN
HOPE ATHERTON, artist
CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY, First Lady, France
SAMANTHA CAMERON, First Lady, U.K.
NORA EPHRON, writer, director
DIANE KRUGER, actress
H.R.H. CROWN PRINCESS MARY OF DENMARK
CAREY MULLIGAN, actress
WENDI MURDOCH, movie producer
MICHELLE OBAMA, First Lady, U.S.A.
TATIANA SANTO DOMINGO, socialite
INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST: MEN
WARIS AHLUWALIA, jeweler, actor
ANDRÉ BALAZS, hotelier
ALEC BALDWIN, actor
JAVIER BARDEM, actor
ARKI BUSSON, financier
H.S.H. PRINCE HEINRICH VON UND ZU FÜRSTENBERG
JAY PENSKE, chairman and C.E.O., Mail.com Media Corp.
MARTIN SCORSESE, film director
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor and managing editor, NBC Nightly News
PHARRELL WILLIAMS, recording artist
TORY BURCH, designer
GEORGINA CHAPMAN, co-founder and designer, Marchesa
STACEY BENDET EISNER, designer-owner of Alice & Olivia
ALBER ELBAZ, designer, creative director, Lanvin
CINDI LEIVE, editor in chief, Glamour
DUCHESS OF ALBA, president of the House of Alba Foundation
HELENA BONHAM CARTER, actress
LADY GAGA, entertainer
JOHN GALLIANO, fashion designer, chief designer at Dior
LORRY NEWHOUSE, artist, accessories designer
BRUCE WEBER, photographer, filmmaker
ANDREW LAUREN, movie producer, actor, DAVID LAUREN, senior V.P. advertising, marketing, and corporate communications, Ralph Lauren, and DYLAN LAUREN, C.E.O. and founder, Dylan’s Candy Bar
JULIA RESTOIN-ROITFIELD, art director, and VLADIMIR RESTOIN-ROITFIELD, art dealer
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG, actress, singer, and LOU DOILLON, model, actress
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, actress, and JAKE GYLLENHAAL, actor
PIERRE CASIRAGHI, student, and BEATRICE BORROMEO, writer
LIZZIE TISCH, consultant, and JONATHAN TISCH, chairman and C.E.O., Loews Hotels
CHRISTY TURLINGTON, model, documentary filmmaker, and ED BURNS, writer, director
DELFINA BLAQUIER, photographer, and NACHO FIGUERAS, polo player
HALL OF FAME
DAVID BECKHAM, soccer player
COUNTESS MARINA CICOGNA, writer
H.H. PRINCESS MAFALDA OF HESSE
ALEXANDRA KOTUR, style director, Vogue
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