2011 has come and gone, and what are we left with? Lots of political problems, protests and progress flooded our news channels and front pages. Lots of stars graced lots of Red Carpets with gorgeous gowns. History was made all over the world.

Focusing on the more frivolous aspects of 2011, in addition to memories of my beautiful wedding, I am reflecting on everything we have learned from the world of celebrity style. So who influenced us the most, style-wise? Was it Anne Hathaway, Jen Aniston, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Portman, Beyonce, Sandra Bullock, Angelina?

Not sure I agree with Complex magazine naming Kanye West the “Most Stylish Celebrity of 2011”- but hey, I was team Ryan Gosling and didn’t agree with People naming Bradley Cooper the Sexiest Man Alive. We can disagree about these very important issues, people! Focusing on Red Carpet style icons, everyone will have their own favorites. Here are just a few of mine:

Second Runner-Up: Emma Watson.

She has it all: that soft, sophisticated ingénue look, complete with sexy new hairstyle to mark her transition from child star to serious actress. According to People magazine, Emma was tied with Justin Bieber for the most coveted hairstyle that folks wanted to emulate in their hair salons in 2011. Whether you can pull of the pixie cut or prefer Hermione’s flowing locks, Emma’s style can appeal to everyone.

Her boyish, smart street style plus her glorious, feminine turn in Lancome’s new ads make her one of the hottest starts of 2011. Be sure to keep an eye on this starlet in the coming years.

First Runner-Up: Anne Hathaway has had quite a year.

She started the year hosting the Oscars-in seven stunning outfits-with James Franco, starred as Catwoman in the highest-anticipated film in the Batman trilogy (which also means we get to see more of her in 2012), tributed Meryl Streep (in song!) and capped off the year with a rock and proposal from boyfriend Adam Shulman.

Her red carpet stunners top Best Dressed lists every year, and her effortless, European beauty captivates audiences and fashion critics alike. She’s been a favorite of mine for years, and she just keeps impressing. Left: Anne in red Valentino at the 2011 Oscars. Center: Anne in blue Giorgio Armani Prive, in white Givenchy, in red Tom Ford, all at 2011 Oscars.

And my Most Influential Style Icon of 2011 is: Of course, the crown jewel (so to speak) of fashionable celebrities is Kate Middleton, newly minted Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

From her glorious sapphire Issa engagement announcement dress, to her breathtaking Alexander McQueen wedding-dress-seen-round-the-world to that famous red maple fascinator for her royal tour in Canada, it was a good year for Kate. She is certainly a style icon to watch for the next few decades, and luckily for fashion fans, she can’t step out of her flat without a photographer capturing her ensemble.

My most recent Kate favorite? This gorgeous black Alexander McQueen stunner at the Sun Military Awards in December.

What do you think? Who was your Most Influential Style Icon of 2011? Who were your Worst Dressed?  Here is hoping 2012 brings lots more style and beauty. Happy New Year!!

Media Credits:

first photo, Kate Middleton courtesy of canoe.ca

second photo, Emma Watson, courtesy of beautyandthedirt.com

third photo, Emma Watson, courtesy of harpersbazaar.com

fourth photo, Anne Hathaway in red Valentino, courtesy of justjared.com

fifth photo, Anne Hathaway at Oscars, courtesy of justjared.com

sixth photo, Kate Middleton wedding, courtesy of fashionista.com

seventh photo, Kate Middleton engagement, courtesy of stylenews.com

eighth photo, Kate Middleton in Canada, courtesy of princessact.wordpress.com

ninth photo, Kate Middleton at Sun Military Awards, courtesy of ibtimes.com