Vanity Fair‘s hotly anticipated international best dressed list dropped this week and included some familiar style luminaries like Shala Monroque, Tilda Swinton and Kate Middleton. One semi-surprise on the list was Charlene of Monaco (the former Charlene Wittstock) who turns up on red carpets in Giorgio Armani or Akris, showing off that spectacular swimmer’s figure and endless legs. The New York Times‘ great fashion critic Cathy Horyn was not impressed, however. She said:
The B.D.L. committee seemed to make an effort to broaden the list, not quite banishing obvious socialites and actresses but nearly so. I was glad to see, among others, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Christine Lagarde; Jenson Button; Colin Firth; and Shala Monroque. But Princess Charlene of Monaco was a stretch. Her style to me is something of a flat pancake, despite (or perhaps because of) the effort she applies. It’s hard to say the B.D.L. isn’t relevant in a style-shaping era, but does it ultimately offer us enough information?
Do you agree with Horyn? Should Wittstock be included on the list?