The year in fashion: 2013 hits and misses

Aussie Hollywood A-listers and besties Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts set the fashion bar high as soon as 2013 ticked over.

Kidman turned heads at January’s Golden Globes in a stunning black sleeveless Alexander McQueen creation while Watts was elegant in a high-necked, backless burgundy Zac Posen gown.

A month later they did the nation proud at the Oscars.

Watts in an edgy gunmetal sequined Armani Prive gown and Kidman in a fitted long black sequinned dress by one of her favourite designers L’Wren Scott.

Kidman continued to impress in a strapless embroidered Dior dress at The Great Gatsby premiere.

Cate Blanchett takes the crown for style and sophistication at every red carpet event. At an event honouring the actress herself in New York, she didn’t disappoint when she stepped out in a blush pink lace Armani Prive outfit.

  US actress Kerry Washington, who stars in Scandal, ruled the red carpet in 2013.

Her Miu Miu strapless dress with a bejewelled bustier and hot pink train was among the prettiest looks in Hollywood.

However heavily pregnant Kim Kardashian suffered a major red carpet fail when she appeared looking like she was wrapped in a curtain at the Met Ball, when in fact swathed in a Givenchy floral dress.

The floral fashion faux pas continued at The Emmys where Girls star Lena Dunham turned up in a Prada floral jade green gown with a V-neck and spaghetti straps.

The fashion malfunction of the year though goes to Australian rapper Iggy Azalea at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam.

She wore a skimpy black dress with a high leg slit that and flashed a little too much for the cameras, later posting on Instagram: ‘‘If you think this involves my vag lips your mistaken And yeah I’m posting it just to let you know I don’t give a f about a bikini line and the line that joins my ass to my legs. Enjoy ...’’

Runner up in fashion slip ups goes to comedian Tiny Fey, who looked stunning in a cobalt blue Narciso Rodriguez halter neck gown at the Emmy Awards in September.

Unfortunately the 30 Rock creator suffered a dreaded nip slip on stage.

Back home at the Aussie equivalent to the Oscars, the Logies brought out the best - and worst from the closet.

Offspring star Asher Keddie took home gold in all categories, especially for never putting a fashion foot wrong. This time she stood out for her understated class in a simple black and white dress from Dion Lee.

Carrie Bickmore, another gal who always gets it right, wore a watermelon creation from go-to designer Steven Khalil.

The overstated award goes to Brynne Edelsten, who never disappoints in this category.

The Dally M Awards in October provide the perfect chance for the ladies to take the spotlight after their blokes finish the NRL season.

Aussie darling Jessica Mauboy was pretty in pink in Alex Perry, while supermodel Laura Dundovic was stunning in a white and silver Toni Maticevski number.

A pregnant Terry Biviano showed plenty of bump and leg in a white backless Khalil gown - with the Sydney-based designer also dressing Sally Inglis and Simone Ennis.

It was the year for nude tones - both overseas and Down Under - with girls including Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried and our own Charlotte Dawson choosing this flattering colour.

Sizzling red was also a popular choice on the red carpet and at the races, favoured by models Jennifer Hawkins and Kate Upton at the Melbourne Cup Carnival and WAG and weather presenter Rebecca Judd at the AFL Brownlow Medal.

A pregnant Judd enlisted designer friends Anthony Pittorino and Jacob Luppino of J’Aton to create her smouldering red gown.

Hawkins chose an elegant red, lacy Yeojin Bae creation for the races, while American Sports Illustrated cover girl Upton rocked a saucy figure hugging Antonio Berardi dress.

Supermodel Coco Rocha engineered a dream moment for Melbourne designer Anthony Capon when she especially requested to wear his glammed-up alien gold peplum dress for Oaks Day.


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