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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 08/ 3/2010

From Martin Scorsese to Helena Bonham Carter, the most surprising entries on Vanity Fair's 2010 International Best Dressed List

By Jen Chaney

Helena Bonham Carter, making it on to Vanity Fair's best dressed list. (Reuters)

Vanity Fair has revealed its International Best Dressed List for 2010, an annual compendium of the most elegant, trend-setting fashionistas (and fashionistos) from various realms of the celebrity sphere. Not surprisingly, many of the usual chic suspects can be found on the list -- your Michelle Obamas and Carla Bruni-Sarkozys, your Carey Mulligans, your David Beckhams and, of course, your Lady Gagas.

But among the svelte, casually glamorous, lace-and-bird's-nest-sporting entrants, a few people on the list stand out as surprising. Let's examine the ones who might make some readers pause to ponder their thread creds.

Martin Scorsese: When I think Scorsese, I tend to think "Raging Bull" or "Good Fellas." I do not typically hum the song "Sharp Dressed Man." But it's nice to see the revered filmmaker on the list. And come to think of it, the guy does know how to rock a suit.

Helena Bonham Carter: Carter is a beautiful woman and a fine actress. But despite having her own fashion line, even she does not necessarily see herself as an icon of style; she once called herself the "antichrist of fashion" and recently told New York magazine she feels "a responsibility now to dress badly." And indeed, Carter has sometimes dressed as though a Victorian-era attic just threw up on her. But, to her credit, she plays by her own rules and presumably that's why VF gave her a nod.

Nora Ephron: The writer-director who feels bad about her neck has to feel good about being on this list. Her inclusion is surprising, though, because she doesn't stand out the way that, say, a Lady Gaga or even a Carey Mulligan does. She tends to look nice, elegant and appropriate, but understand, not like a risk-taker. I didn't think a person could score points with Vanity Fair for going that route (please see Carter above), but good for Ephron for making it happen.

Brian Williams: Williams has made this list several times. And he certainly wears his suits well. But I guess I'm not sure what makes him more stylish than any other newsman. Maybe next year Williams should sit on the International Best Dressed list bench and let another anchor get his fashion due. May I suggest ... Ron Burgundy? Because that guy is classy.

So who most surprised you on the Vanity Fair list? And who was left off who should have been included? (I vote Cate Blanchett.) Weigh in with a comment.

By Jen Chaney  | August 3, 2010; 12:57 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Fashion  
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Comments

I've been reading VF for years, and this list never makes sense. At all. Especially when you consider the majority of the best dressed men all just wear really nice suits...

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | August 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

You're right, Chasmo. Women have to LEAD fashionwise, but men are only expected to follow.

Does anyone else recall Craig T. Nelson wearing a frock coat to the Emmys (I think) when he won for "Coach"? Grrr. Johnny Cash used to be able to rock the frock coat look too.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 3, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Arrggghhh, I was trying to make the point that the frock coat was one of the few non-traditional looks, where a man was LEADING fashion-wise instead of following. Need to re-read my posts before hitting "Submit."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 3, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Maggie Gyllenhaal, very deserving -- although I sure do wish she would stop hunching and stand up straight!

I had never heard of H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark before, but she is, hands-down, the classiest woman on the list. Wow! Very Grace Kelly.

I feel sorry for whomever was sitting behind Lady Gaga when that photo was taken ... and how on earth did she walk in those shoes?

Posted by: Californian11 | August 3, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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