Los Angeles: British actress Kate Winslet leads the pack of People magazine’s 10 best-dressed women of 2009, with US first lady Michelle Obama chosen for “best accessible glamour.”
Although the list, released on Wednesday, does not have numerical ranking, Winslet, 33, who won an Oscar in February for playing a dour Nazi in “The Reader,” was deemed to be the best-dressed woman on the red carpet on 2009 “with her unique brand of sexy sophistication, modern Hollywood glamour and those enviable curves.”
People named Reese Witherspoon as having the “best short dresses,” “High School Musical” actress Vanessa Hudgens as best hippie chic, and Freida Pinto, the Indian star of Oscar-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire,” for having the best use of color.
Brad Pitt, “Twilight” actor Robert Pattinson, and Bradley Cooper of “The Hangover” and “Nip/Tuck” fame were among the best-dressed men of the year. People said their attention to details like a scarf, pin or skinny tie “took their looks beyond basic.”
Teen country singer Taylor Swift was dubbed “best sparkle.”
The annual best- and worst-dressed double issue, on newsstands on Friday, also acknowledged the impact on fashion of the Emmy-award winning TV series “Mad Men,” set in the 1960s, whose cigarette pants and sheath dresses have inspired new designs by Michael Kors and Tory Burch.
The People magazine special issue also looked at some of the fashion flops of 2009. Former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul and actress Renee Zellweger were cited as having the worst red carpet dresses.
Singer Jessica Simpson’s January appearance in unflattering high-waisted “mom jeans,” which triggering a heated debate about weight issues in Hollywood, was among the “most memorable moments of the year,” People said.
People’s choice of the Top 10 Best-Dressed Women of 2009 are:
Kate Winslet - Best Red Carpet
Vanessa Hudgens - Best Hippie Chic
Reese Witherspoon - Best Short Dresses
Cameron Diaz - Best Jeans
Michelle Obama - Best Accessible Glamour
Freida Pinto - Best Use of Color
Taylor Swift - Best Sparkle
Nicole Richie - Best Maternity
Beyonce - Best Street Chic
Kim Kardashian - Best Bikinis
The complete list can be found at www.people.com/bestdressed