The editors of Vanity Fair's 2012 International Best-Dressed list must have been in an "Empire State of Mind" when compiling this year's honorees--both Jay-Z and Alicia Keys scored spots among the world's most stylish stars.

While the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, topped the list for the third year in a row, it was the first time we've seen Jay-Z and Alicia mentioned.

And we can't say we're surprised. Jay-Z has definitely stepped out in some dapper duds this year--ranging from impeccably tailored suits to trendy skinny jeans and tees.

Alicia's string of appearances in chic curve-hugging dresses has clearly caught the attention of the international fashion community, too. It also helps that the Grammy Award-winning singer has become a front-row fixture during Fashion Week, and we can't stop gushing over her fabulous new haircut.

Here's a rundown of the other multicultural style standouts that made VF's 2012 Best-Dressed list:

Victor Cruz; wide receiver for the New York Giants
Ozwald Boateng; fashion designer
Farida Khelfa; actress, director and ambassador of Schiaparelli
Iké Udé; artist
Fan Bingbing; actress

Check out the slideshow below for those boldface names, plus our favorite looks from Jay-Z and Alicia Keys over the past year.


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  • Farida Khelfa

    PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: Farida Khelfa attends the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2012 Haute-Couture Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 25, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Iké Udé

  • Victor Cruz

    MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 24: Victor Cruz attends the Calvin Klein Collection Fashion Show as part of Milan Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2013 on June 24, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)

  • Fan Bingbing

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 01: Fan Bingbing attends the Versace Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2012/13 at the Ritz hotel on July 1, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Ozwald Boateng

    Ghanaian-British fashion designer Ozwald Boateng poses on the red carpet upon his arrival to attend the closing ceremony of the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival in the Emirati capital on October 22, 2010. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)