Mirror, mirror on the wall: Who was the best-dressed movie character of all? It’s a tough question, to be sure, considering the collection of film fashion flaunted in 2012. From fairy tale princesses and secret agents to dystopian drama queens and sexy strippers, our closet envy knew no bounds this year. To wit, here are our picks for the top 10 film fashionistas (and fashionistos) of 2012:
Effie Trinket, “The Hunger Games”
While charge Katniss Everdeen endured a battery of beauty treatments to transform her into a proper dystopian dame, District 12 mentor Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) simply oozed Capitol couture in her colorful confections, flamboyant accessories and garish makeup. “Effie is very prim in a funny way, so we wanted that primness to come through even though we sort of wanted to lampoon high fashion a little bit,” “Hunger Games” costume designer Judianna Makovsky told MTV News. “It’s a little bit silly but it is still pretty.”
James Bond, “Skyfall”
No best-dressed list would be complete without Her Majesty’s most stylish secret agent. Though 007 (Daniel Craig) has never met a three-piece suit he didn’t like, we have to admit he’s most golden in his signature tux. “When we unpacked the tuxedo, and Daniel put it on, I think we all cried because it was so gorgeous. It was beautiful,” “Skyfall” costume designer Jany Temime told MTV News. “The fabric was superb. It was beautiful. I still remember the emotion.”
Snow White, “Mirror Mirror”
Director Tarsem Singh’s kaleidoscopic vision netted a number of brightly hued styles for Snow White (Lily Collins) and her fairy tale cohorts, but it was a dazzling look of purest white that really ruffled our feathers (in a good way). Can you say swan headdress?
Sparkle Williams, “Sparkle”
From a cut-down-to-there ruby stunner to a sophisticated yet slinky black dress, Sparkle Williams (Jordin Sparks), well, sparkled in this ’60-set girl group flick.
Selina Kyle/Catwoman, “The Dark Knight Rises”
Forget the leather monstrosity passed off as a catsuit in 2004′s “Catwoman” — Selina Kyle’s feline frock was sexy and functional without inspiring one “Fifty Shades of Grey” joke. (Well, maybe just one.) And when not burgling, Anne Hathaway’s alter ego was the picture of poise in structured suits and sleek party dresses.
Bella Swan, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″
As a gawky teen, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) favored flannel and skinny jeans, but with her transformation into immortal beloved complete, the bloodsucker vamped in a number of grown-up looks, including a blue dress apparently suited for mountain-lion hunting. (Which, we should add, hearkened nicely to her similarly hued prom dress from “Twilight.)
Katniss Everdeen, “The Hunger Games”
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) started out peasant plain, but in the hands of Capitol stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) became a fashion force to be reckoned with as the Girl on Fire (literally). But it was the tribute’s glimmering interview gown (not the pyrotechnic parade outfit) that was the biggest challenge for costumer Makovsky. “I think it was the hardest because the description in the book was something every fan loves but, honestly, in my opinion, and in all of our opinions, it wasn’t going to translate,” she said. “Having this dress covered in flame-like jewels, you know, it’s no longer about Katniss. It’s about the dress. Also, the dress has a chance, a very big chance, of coming off as cheesy.” Clearly, Makovsky came out the victor.
There are black dresses and then there are black dresses. “Skyfall” siren Severine (Berenice Marlohe) boasted a license to kill — sartorially speaking — in a noir-inspired gown finished with a Swarovski crystal-encrusted sheer back panel. “I just wanted to make everybody feel that she is a really dark person, and I wanted to have the [panel] tattoo because of that,” Temime explained.
Anna Karenina, “Anna Karenina”
We’re a sucker for eye-popping period pieces, and “Anna Karenina” boasted enough corsets, stoles and bustles to make us cry “Leo Tolstoy!”
The men of “Magic Mike”
Sure, Channing Tatum and co. spent the majority of this stripper flick sans apparel, but it takes a certain wit and whimsy to dream up the thematic looks doffed by Tampa’s hottest male revue — and ensure they could withstand a fistful of dollars.