Vanity Fair has released their annual best-dressed list, and world leaders' ladies have topped the charts. Among the sartorially superior are Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Sheikha Mozah of Qatar, Diana Taylor (girlfriend of Mayor Michael Bloomberg) and Princess Letizia of Spain, plus celebrities like Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, and Anne Hathaway.
President Barack Obama also makes his VF best-dressed debut.
The magazine applauds Mrs. Obama's Vatican veil, Bruni-Sarkozy's ballet flats, Sheikha Mozah's diamond-and-pearl evening belt, Princess Letizia's plum silk Felipe Varela dress, and Diana Taylor and Mayor Bloomberg's complementary clothes.
From the Vanity Fair press release:
BARACK OBAMA NAMED TO THE 2009 INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST FOR FIRST TIME; MICHELLE OBAMA MAKES LIST FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW
Penélope Cruz, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, and Kelly Ripa Make List for First Time
Brad Pitt Named to Men's List for Second Time; Angelina Doesn't Make Cut
NEW YORK, N.Y.--Vanity Fair names President Barack Obama to the International Best-Dressed List for the first time. The commander in chief joins his wife, Michelle, who appears on the list for the third year in a row. France's First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy makes the list for the second year in a row, as does New York City's de facto First Lady Diana Taylor. Taylor's partner, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, is named to the list for the first time.
Penélope Cruz, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, and Kelly Ripa are all named to the list for the first time. Joining them are leading men Daniel Craig (for the second year in a row), and Brad Pitt.
Pitt makes the list for the third year in a row. After making the list in 2007 and 2008 with partner Angelina Jolie in the couples category, he appears solo in 2009 as Jolie drops off the list.
Liliane Bettencourt, Count Manfredi della Gherardesca, Catherine Deneuve, Lapo Elkann, and Renée Zellweger are all named to the International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame this year.
Vanity Fair's 70th annual International Best-Dressed List is below in full:
INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST: WOMEN
CHIARA CLEMENTE, filmmaker
PENÉLOPE CRUZ, actress
KATHY FRESTON, writer
AGNES GUND, president emerita of MoMA
ANNE HATHAWAY, actress
ALICIA KEYS, singer, songwriter, actress
H.R.H. PRINCESS LETIZIA OF ASTURIAS
KELLY RIPA, co-host of Live! with Regis and Kelly
H.H. SHEIKHA MOZAH OF QATAR, wife of H.H. the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin
Khalifa Al Thani, unesco special envoy for basic and higher education
LIZZIE TISCH, private banker
INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST: MEN
TIKI BARBER, NBC correspondent, founder of Tiki Ventures
ARPAD BUSSON, financier
DANIEL CRAIG, actor
MATTEO MARZOTTO, entrepreneur, chairman to ENIT (the Italian state tourist board)
BARACK OBAMA, president of the United States
OGDEN PHIPPS II, private-equity investor
BRAD PITT, actor
ROO ROGERS, environmental entrepreneur, co-founder of OZOlab
ALEJANDRO SANTO DOMINGO, investor
CY TWOMBLY, artist
HALL OF FAME
LILIANE BETTENCOURT, principal shareholder of L'Oréal
COUNT MANFREDI DELLA GHERARDESCA, art adviser, curator
CATHERINE DENEUVE, actress and model
LAPO ELKANN, creative entrepreneur; founder and president, Italia Independent and Independent Ideas; founding partner and owner, LA Holding
RENÉE ZELLWEGER, actress
CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY, singer and First Lady of France
MICHELLE OBAMA, First Lady of the United States
GEORGINA CHAPMAN, co-founder and designer, Marchesa
TORY BURCH, designer
MATHILDE MEYER-AGOSTINELLI, director of communications, Prada France
DAVID LAUREN, senior vice president, advertising, marketing, and communications,
Polo Ralph Lauren
CANDY PRATTS PRICE, executive fashion director, Style.com
RACHEL ROY, designer
STACEY BENDET, designer and founder, Alice & Olivia
FRANCA SOZZANI, editor in chief, Italian Vogue and L'Uomo Vogue
ALI HEWSON, co-founder, Edun fashion label and Nude skin care
JANE LAUDER, general manager, Origins, and AERIN LAUDER, senior vice president
and creative director, Estée Lauder
STAVROS NIARCHOS and EUGÉNIE NIARCHOS, jewelry designer for Gaia Repossi
PALOMA CUEVAS, jewelry designer for Yanes, and ENRIQUE PONCE, professional
DIANA TAYLOR, managing director, Wolfensohn & Co., and MICHAEL BLOOMBERG,
mayor of New York City; founder, Bloomberg L.P.
NATALIA VODIANOVA, fashion model, and JUSTIN PORTMAN, artist
SHELLEY WANGER, editor, Knopf and Pantheon, and DAVID MORTIMER,
president, the American Assembly
PETER BEARD, "escapist"
DUCHESS OF ALBA
NICKY HASLAM, interior designer
IKÉ UDÉ, artist, founder of Arude magazine
BRUCE WEBER, photographer, artist, filmmaker
The September issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on August 5 and nationally on August 11.