12 Days of Christmas:Twelve Designer Dresses

On the twelfth day of Christmas Yuppee gave to me Twelve Designer Dresses, (Eleven Leading Lads, Ten Sophia Webster Shoes,Nine Statement NecklacesEight Liv Warfield Clutch BagsSeven Swansea BoutiquesSix Golden Goose EssentialsFive Bond Rings! Four Calling BirdsThree French MenTwo Turtle-necks and a Partridge in a Pear Tree).

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With 2013 just around the corner, here at Yuppee, we thought it the perfect time to look back at the Fashion Year that was 2012. Let us reignite the golden glow of awards season gown-wearing. Let uss relive the style perks from many a swanky event. Now is the time to turn an admiring eye to the designer dresses that have lingered. Think Gwynnie Paltrow draped in a white Tom Ford cape at the Oscars and Anj-Jolies flashing thigh.

Yes, we’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate the under appreciated art of Red Carpet Dressing, to acknowledge those ladies who, in the last year, took sartorialness to new, dazzling heights. We’ve got some serious dress envy here at Yuppee and were sure you will too, on this our final day of the Twelve.

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace, Oscars.

The dress that launched a thousand Anj’s right leg Twitter accounts. Angelina Jolie lead the way stepping out in a dramatic dark velvet gown which boasted a thigh-high split to devastating effect. This black velveteen strapless dress showed off our Jolies long, lean limb and sparked the texture crave of 2012.

84th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture, Golden Globe Awards.

Charlize Theron wore one of the most dramatic dresses of the The Golden Globe Awards with her Dior couture gown setting the tone for the plethora of stars stepping out in light-coloured ensembles. The fairest of the all, Theron lit up the Golden Globes red carpet in the most feminine Dior gown, an utterly romantic and just a little ’20s-inspired number.


Lea Michele in Marchesa, Golden Globe Awards.

The 25-year-old diva was the one of the best dressed celebrities, wearing a sheer sexy Marchesa gown. She was clad in a daring silver sheer and embellished gown with a glitzy train from Marchesa’s Spring Collection 2012. Bold, daring and revealing – Lea looked more than gleeful. 

Lea Michele

Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham, ‘Our Greatest Team Rises’ Olympic Event.

Swathed in a floor-sweeping teal gown, she looks every inch the princess. Laced at back and capped at sleeve we’ve been informed that her dress comes courtesy of Jenny Packham’s Spring Summer 2012 collection.

<> on May 11, 2012 in London, England.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford, Oscars.

Inspired by Jackie-O, Gwynnie looked stunning in her white dress complete with cape.  A snow-white streamlined floor-length gown complete with an attached cape and cuffs was just what Gwyneth Paltrow wore to prove she was worth her People Magazine’s award of “World’s Best Dressed Woman.”

Gwyneth Paltrow

Kate Hudson in Altelier Versace, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ film premiere.

This new mum had no problem bouncing back. To say that Kate Hudson was radiant on the red carpet is the understatement of the century; Her nude Swarovski-crystal-embellished asymmetrical gown gave her a breathtaking silhouette.

Kate Hudson

Diane Kruger in Christian Dior Couture, Cannes Film Festival.

Oh, the ill-fated dress. Diane Kruger conquered Cannes as she channelled a Victorian era aristocrat in a massive Christian Dior couture gown. All eyes shifted to the model-turned-actress when she arrived in the high fashion confection at the closing ceremony of the 65th Cannes Film Festival and Therese Desqueyroux premiere. Diane, who served as a festival juror, nearly stole the spotlight with her black and white gown from Dior’s Spring 2012 collection.

Diane Kruger

Blake Lively in Zuhair Murad, ‘Savages’ film premiere.

Her statuesque figure makes it easy for Blake Lively to pull off pretty much any outfit, and the actress is a perennial name on best-dressed lists. Her choice of Zuhair Murad, however, was a standout because the gown was so different from her usual preference of solid-colored flowy dresses with a high slit. Instead, Lively opted for old Hollywood glamour in the form-fitting striped column dress, which was one of the most memorable red-carpet outfits of the year.

"Savages" - Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren, Met Gala.

Camilla Belle played the ’20s siren in a metallic beaded Ralph Lauren gown at the 2012 Met Gala. Her glamorous deco-inspired gown was complemented by a diamond bracelet, long pendant earrings, and a silver clutch. She finished the look with rich plum lipstick and a sleek side-part chignon. She really was the belle of the ball.

Camilla Belle

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen, Oscars.

Baroque ‘n Roll Jessica! This Oscar nominee glittered in a black and gold embossed Alexander McQueen that earned her a lot of accolades in red carpet fashion.

Jessica Chastain

Anne Hathaway in Valentino, New York City Ballet Gala.

Fabulous florals. Anne Hathaway looked incredible in another flowing floral frock by Valentino, her dress was semi sheer and cut right up to the neck, creating an almost androgynous, boho vibe with her cropped barnet. The exceptionally long couture dress consisted of an exquisite, impressionist painting inspired print of pink and green floral designs, and the sheerness of the gown did not impair its elegance, protecting the star’s modesty with enough print to make sure the dresses florals was the only shrubbery we saw.

Anne Hathaway

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli, Oscars.

Emma Stone totally cemented her style credentials when she appeared at the Oscars wearing an incredible Giambattista Valli Haute Couture silk gown complete with bow detail and grosgrain belt. Yes, that’s right ladies, Emma is so fabulous that the red-head can even wear scarlet – on the red carpet!

Emma Stone

Merry Christmas readers!



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