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  1. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

    From the sophisticated to the eclectic, Vanity Fair's 2010 best-dressed list ranks this year's style elite.

    France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy makes the list for the third year in a row. In this photo, former supermodel turned singer wears a strapless blue grecian-style gown for a 2009 state dinner. (Philippe Wojazer / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Samantha Cameron

    Britain's first lady, Samantha Cameron, is the first pregnant woman to make the list. For formal events, she's often seen wearing brooches or bib necklaces. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Nora Ephron

    Writer and director Nora Ephron, known for her films "Julie & Julia," 'Sleepless in Seattle" and 'When Harry Met Sally," tells Vanity Fair that her favorite fashion item is a black turtleneck Chanel sweater. (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Diane Kruger

    Born in Germany, actress Diane Kruger is known for her roles in films like "National Treasure" and "Inglourious Basterds." Here, she rocks a moss-green minidress while attending the National Movie Awards 2010 ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall. (Paul Hackett / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Princess Mary of Denmark

    Princess Mary of Denmark shows off her sleek style. She says her favorite labels include Hermes, Prada, Burberry and Chanel. (Adam Osterman / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Carey Mulligan

    Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan, who starred in "An Education," embodies a look that Vanity Fair calls "existential pixie." She poses during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival wearing a Roland Mouret "Pazeau" dress with a black double-looped belt. (Ian Langsdon / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Michelle Obama

    First lady Michelle Obama, whose fashion decisions -- from wearing shorts to bearing her arms -- have captured the attention of Washington and the world, made the list for the second time in a row. Indie designers like Isabel Toledo and Jason Wu catapulted to success after dressing her. Here, at the 2010 White House state dinner, she wears a one-shoulder, sapphire blue Peter Soronen gown. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Waris Ahluwalia

    Indian actor and jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia says his signature fashion item is a scarf, and that his favorite footwear is a pair of pink suede handmade shoes by George Esquivel. (Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Alec Baldwin

    Actor Alec Baldwin, who has seen a major comeback after starring as the impeccable Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock," says he takes his fashion cues from James Bond. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Javier Bardem

    Spanish actor Javier Bardem, whose English films include "No Country for Old Men," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Eat, Pray, Love," takes inspiration from characters he plays to determine his style. (Christophe Karaba / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Martin Scorsese

    Director Martin Scorsese sports classic style, and is often seen wearing Armani or Joseph Abboud. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images for Doha Film Insti) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Brian Williams

    NBC NIghtly News anchor Brian Williams makes the list for his dapper, put-together look. He isn't shy about admitting his love for pleated pants and says his fashion idol is Steve McQueen. (Henry S. Dziekan Iii / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Pharrell Williams

    Producer and rapper extraordinaire Pharrell Williams rocks an eclectic skater boy meets hip-hop look. Case in point: His favorite shoes are a pair of Christian Louboutin jazz shoes, while his favorite socks are a pair of SpongeBob toe socks. (Kerim Okten / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Tory Burch

    American designer Tory Burch has won several fashion awards for her designs. Her style has been described as "preppy-boho" and her pieces have often appeared on the TV show "Gossip Girl." (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Ed Burns and Christy Turlington

    Actor Edward Burns and model Christy Turlington Burns have a synced style sense, and made the best-dressed list as a couple. The pair met in late 2000 and were engaged within weeks. (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images for Tribeca Film Fe) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Cindi Leive

    Editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine, Cindi Leive knows a thing or two about style. She made Vanity Fair's list in the "professionals" category and tells the magazine that her favorite shoes are a pair of "leopard-print Louboutin sky-high platforms." (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Marina Cicogna

    Oscar-winning film producer Countess Marina Cicogna Volpi doesn’t have to wear something extravagant to feel good. Her favorite piece of clothing is a white cotton T-shirt. (Franco Origlia / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. The Duchess of Alba

    This is the second year Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart is on Vanity Fair’s best dressed list after making the list in 2009. She is currently the head of the House of Alba, a title held by only two other women. (Cristina Quicler / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Lady Gaga

    If nothing else, singer Lady Gaga's outlandish, creative outfits are a conversation starter. From wild masks to crucifixes, the pop star always wears a getup that ups the shock factor. Some of her favorite labels are Armani, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Philip Treacy. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Helena Bonham Carter

    This English actress can be seen showing off her fashionable side at red carpet events everywhere. She is known for her unique fashion choices and hairstyles. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. John Galliano

    John Galliano is the chief designer of France’s well-known fashion company Christian Dior. He is known for dressing high-profile models, including Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Naomi Campbell. (Eric Ryan / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and brother Jake Gyllenhaal are always dressed to impress. One of Maggie’s best-known roles was Rachel in “The Dark Knight.” (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Stacey Bendet Eisner

    It’s no surprise Stacey Bendet Eisner is on Vanity Fair’s best dressed list. She is the CEO of the New York-based fashion company Alice + Olivia. (Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Wendi Murdoch

    Wendi Murdoch is no stranger to the media. She is a former vice president of News Corporation’s STAR TV in Hong Kong. Wendi resides in New York City with husband Rupert Murdoch and their two daughters. (Amy Sussman / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. David Beckham

    Soccer sensation David Beckham shows off his fashionable side during the 2010 World Cup. He is someone who knows how to look good no matter what he’s wearing – a soccer jersey or a suit. (Francois-xavier Marit / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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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

FASHION PROFESSIONALS
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

ORIGINALS
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

SIBLINGS
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

COUPLES
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
JULIA KOCH
ALEXANDRA KOTUR, style director, Vogue

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    MATT LAUER, co-host: We're back now at 8:35. And who are the best-dressed stars on the planet? Vanity Fair is out with its annual list. And here to reveal the winners is Amy Fine Collins , special correspondent for Vanity Fair and a best-dressed hall of famer herself. Hi , Amy . Nice to see you.

    Ms. AMY FINE COLLINS (Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair): Hi, Matt. Good to be here.

    LAUER: Welcome back. Seventy-one years this list has been out there, OK; is -- are there certain characteristics that help a person make the list year after year?

    Ms. COLLINS: The important characteristic is to be an individual, not to look like everyone else and to be a style leader, not a follower.

    LAUER: So in my experience with the list, when you look at it, these are people who tend to dress in somewhat of a timeless manner as opposed to following every single trend out there.

    Ms. COLLINS: That's correct. They set the trends, they don't follow them.

    LAUER: And even as I say that, the first person we're going to talk about is -- tends to throw the world of fashion on its ear, we're talking about Lady Gaga . Why did she make the list?

    Ms. COLLINS: Lady Gaga 's a newcomer this year. Lady Gaga has reinvented the meaning of fashion just like she's reinvented what music means. She's a brand-new phenomenon. She has turned anything into fashion and everything, a telephone, a wheelchair.

    LAUER: Is what we see on Lady Gaga as much fashion as it is costuming? Is there a line that's -- that is blurred between the two?

    Ms. COLLINS: Not in her case. I mean, what she's wearing is authentically who she is and what she wants to wear and she wears it in real life and onstage. So she is consistently herself, always.

    LAUER: She is an original, there's no question. The next three ladies I'm going to group together simply because they share a role in this world, we're talking about first ladies. Michelle Obama , Carla Bruni -Sarkozy and Samantha Cameron . They have that role in common, but they're different in their style approaches, aren't they?

    Ms. COLLINS: Michelle Obama has a very, very important role in fashion now, she's probably the most-watched, the most-imitated, except for maybe Lady Gaga . Carla Bruni has a much sexier, sultrier look, which you can get away with in France , even in her buttoned up, ladylike suits. And Samantha Cameron , she is the first visibly pregnant first lady that we've ever had on the list.

    LAUER: And when it comes to their style of dress , I mean, because they're first ladies, most of them err on the side of being conservative.

    Ms. COLLINS: Yes, they err on the side of being conservative, although Samantha Cameron has a little tattoo. And Carla Bruni , sometimes we see her in jeans with a guitar.

    LAUER: Yeah, I was -- she's got a musician side to her as well. Carey Mulligan ; why did she make the list?

    Ms. COLLINS: She's another newcomer, a young one like Gaga . She is a Hollywood girl who is not a cookie-cutter Hollywood type. She's got a pixie-ish look and you can throw anything on her, vintage, avant-garde and she just looks adorable. Young women love her.

    LAUER: We saw -- we saw her in the South of France not long ago, she always does look good. Let's move on to the men right now. And congratulations go out to one of our colleagues here at NBC , Brian Williams has made the list I think for the third time.

    Ms. COLLINS: For the third time, which means next year he might be eligible for the hall of fame .

    LAUER: What do you like about Brian 's style of dress ?

    Ms. COLLINS: Well, Brian Williams gives men every night no excuse to look bad. If you want to look good, just follow his example. He is understated, he's elegant, he's all-American, but he still says he likes his fireman's jacket from 1977 .

    LAUER: I've seen him wear that. You got to get a picture of that, that's something. By the way, you've also got Javier Bardem here, and you call him a diamond in the rough . Why?

    Ms. COLLINS: Why? Because he cleans up nicely. You know, he looks good in his T-shirts and his jeans, but you put him in a nice Italian suit and he's equally at ease.

    LAUER: You mentioned that Brian Williams next year has a chance to get into the hall of fame , somebody you're inducting into the hall of fame in terms of fashion this year is soccer star David Beckham . And, you know, he's been here on the show a number of times, every time he comes the studio is filled with every female employee around here. I don't think they're looking at what he's wearing.

    Ms. COLLINS: Well, I think you were looking at what he was wearing one year, I understand that he gave you the suit off of his back.

    LAUER: I actually -- he actually came here one time and I -- and I admired a suit he was wearing; at the end of the interview, he went up, changed into jeans and gave me the actual suit, so he's a generous guy. Why do you like his style so much?

    Ms. COLLINS: Because he is completely comfortable in his own skin and he knows how to look good in a soccer jersey , you put him in a nice designer suit and he is equally happy. I think he likes clothes as much as his wife does.

    LAUER: Which is saying something.

    Ms. COLLINS: Yes.

    LAUER: Well, look, it's a great list. Congratulations to all of the people who've been awarded with the best-dressed label, including Brian Williams . Brian , congratulations. Amy Fine Collins , good to have you here.

    Ms. COLLINS: Good to be here. And maybe next year you'll be back on the list, Matt.

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