12 August 2010

Did You Make The List?

I have a complicated relationship with the Vanity Fair International Best-Dressed List. It represents lifestyle lusting at its worst. It always features the same people (princes, princesses, queens, actors, actresses, ladies and gents about town). And of course, it is completely ridiculous.  Is looking halfway decent really all that difficult when you have all the resources (time, money, shoppers, personal brand consultants, assistants, nannies...) to do so?

And yet...I still look at it every year. Because where else am I going to find out that Javier Bardem favors a four-button tuxedo jacket, or that Bruce Weber still wears his dad's Timex, or that Helena Bonham Carter considers Marie Antoinette a style icon? It's all good, absurd fun.

Normally these "best-dressed" are treated with the utmost reverence. But, after browsing through this year's slideshow I began to wonder if, when they show people looking like this,

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...and this,


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...and this,

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...some VF staffer hates Carey Mulligan? 



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