Carla Bruni, Michelle Obama, and David Beckham Make the ‘Vanity Fair’ Best-Dressed List

Carla Bruni, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Michelle Obama Photo: Getty Images, FilmMagic

Each year the highlight of Vanity Fair's September issue is its International Best Dressed list, and we have an advance copy of the full rankings! This year's edition has the requisite socialites (Ivanka Trump), token Lauder family member (Evelyn), megacelebs (Brangelina), and political figures (Michelle Obama, the "commander in sheath," who we are informed is "on leave" from her duties as V.P. at University of Chicago Hospitals — as if we didn't know). It's also got a few surprises, like Sarah Jessica Parker, who makes the list for the first time, and David Beckham, who seems less Vanity Fair and more Life & Style these days now that he's shilling Sharpies (his wife, Victoria, was left off the list). Cover girl Carla Bruni also makes her debut on the list, and Karl Lagerfeld earns a nod in the "Fashion Originals" category (rather than the "Fashion Professionals" category — the difference in taxonomy is paramount).

Vanity Fair¹s 69th annual International Best-Dressed List in full:




INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST: WOMEN


H.R.H. CROWN PRINCESS MATHILDE OF BELGIUM


CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY, model, singer, First Lady of France
JULIA KOCH, mother of three


EVELYN LAUDER, cosmetics executive, photographer, philanthropist
KATE MIDDLETON


MICHELLE OBAMA, vice president for community and external affairs,
University of Chicago Hospitals (on leave)


SARAH JESSICA PARKER, actor, producer, entrepreneur


TILDA SWINTON, actor


DIANA TAYLOR, managing director, Wolfensohn & Co.; chairperson of the Hudson
River Park Trust; New York City¹s de facto First Lady


IVANKA TRUMP, vice president of development and acquisitions, the Trump
Organization; president, Ivanka Trump Jewelry

INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST: MEN
DAVID BECKHAM, midfielder, Los Angeles Galaxy
DANIEL CRAIG, actor
LAPO ELKANN, entrepreneur, founder of Italia Independent and Independent
Ideas,
international ambassador for Italy¹s Museo del Design (Triennale)
H.S.H. PRINCE HEINRICH VON UND ZU FÜRSTENBERG, entrepreneur
ZAC GOLDSMITH, director, The Ecologist magazine; environmental-policy
adviser to
Britain¹s Conservative Party
COUNT MANFREDI DELLA GHERARDESCA, art adviser, curator
MATT LAUER, Today show anchor
BRYAN LOURD, managing partner, Creative Artists Agency
MORLEY SAFER, 60 Minutes anchor
KANYE WEST, musician

HALL OF FAME
JONATHAN BECKER, photographer
H.R.H. CROWN PRINCE PAVLOS OF GREECE, investment-fund management
FRAN LEBOWITZ, writer

COUPLES
CHARLES FINCH, C.E.O., Finch & Partners, and SYDNEY FINCH, fashion
consultant
MITCH GLAZER, screenwriter, producer, and KELLY LYNCH, actor
BRAD PITT, actor, and ANGELINA JOLIE, actor, U.N. goodwill ambassador

SIBLINGS
ANDREA CLEMENTE, student, and PIETRO CLEMENTE, student
ALEXANDRA KOTUR, style director, Vogue, and FIONA KOTUR MARIN, handbag
designer
RAFAEL MEDINA, founder and co-owner, Scalpers, and LUIS MEDINA, director of
Showme

FASHION PROFESSIONALS
STACEY BENDET, designer and owner, Alice + Olivia
CARINE ROITFELD, editor in chief, French Vogue
KATHERINE ROSS, senior vice president, communications, for LVMH North
America
CHRISTY TURLINGTON BURNS, model, designer, activist, mother

FASHION ORIGINALS
IRIS APFEL, founder of Old World Weavers
KARL LAGERFELD, designer
JULIAN SCHNABEL, painter, sculptor, filmmaker