2011 might not have been the best year for Latinos with regards to politics, education or immigration reform, but when it came to fashion, Latinos most certainly hit all the right notes.
We saw Latino celebrities readily making it to "Best Dressed" lists. TV star and activist Eva Longoria was praised by fashion commentators for her black Zac Posen gown at the 2011 Golden Globes awards. Similarly, film, TV and music star Selena Gomez was complimented for the golden body-fitted J Mendel dress she wore to this year's Grammy Awards.
The wave of recognition continued as legendary Peruvian fashion photographer, Mario Testino, was honored at El Museo del Barrio's Annual Gala in May. His work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair and he has contributed to the imagery of leading fashion houses such as Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and Hugo Boss, making him one the world's most renowned contemporary fashion photographers.
In 2011 we saw Latinos and Latinas experimenting and taking new risks with their fashion styles, at the forefront of new trends. They were often visibly influenced by their Latino roots and culture, seen in their choice of wearing up-and-coming designers, bold colors, organic textiles and prints, reinforcing the stereotypical sensuality or 'hotness' associated with Latinos.
The slideshow below reflects our opinion as to some of the best dressed Latinos of 2011. It includes men and women, musicians and films stars, models and fashion designers.
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