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Hudson is already known for her haute hippie taste, but in 2008, she added a new touch of polished elegance to her looks – like her flowing Balmain gown and chic Valentino leather coat.
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As if her much-copied hair wasn’t enough to earn her a spot on this list, Rihanna hit all the right notes in her sophisticated mix of glamorous gowns, like her yellow Giambattista Valli, and funky dresses, including this feathered Zac Posen.
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The Oscar winner proved better than ever, revving up her classic look and taking off length from her famously long locks – and her hemlines! Paltrow showcased her flawless legs in her Preen minidress and, in her Lanvin toga, put the attention on her trendsetting bob.
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A long way from her belly-baring days, a refined Fergie emerged as a confident and cool dresser this year. From chic shorts on the street to classic Calvin Klein at the Grammys, there is no doubt that this singer is totally “G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S.”
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She may have endured a rocky year in her personal life, but you’d never know it from how fabulous Hathaway looked on the red carpet. From glittering Roberto Cavalli in N.Y.C. to sexy draped Marchesa in Madrid, the actress certainly got smart about her wardrobe choices.
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There’s no auf Wiedersehen in sight for this hard-working supermodel. Klum wins us over every week with Project Runway but works the red carpet in designs from luxe designers like Roland Mouret and John Galliano.
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SARAH JESSICA PARKER
She may have topped the box office as Carrie Bradshaw, but the New Yorker dazzled fans with her own unique sense of style. She wowed at a Sex and the City premiere in Versace and created her own style mix with Marni and Rag & Bone in N.Y.C.
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Politics were tougher than ever, but Obama wowed along the campaign trail with confidence, in polished looks that bring to mind another first lady. Sticking mainly to favorite hometown designers like Maria Pinto, who crafted her sleek purple sheath, Obama also tried new looks by Isabel Toledo and jeweler Tom Binns for campaign fund-raisers. Next up: the inaugural balls!
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Mendes got pulses racing with her sexy Calvin Klein ads, but her looks on the red carpet were perfectly feminine and sweet – like these Dolce & Gabbana frocks.
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As if her acting choices weren’t daring enough, the Oscar winner never missed an opportunity to turn up the drama on the red carpet. Whether wearing these feminine Dior frocks or trying a bold Balenciaga, Theron commanded attention wherever she went.