Half the fun of seeing the new collections is anticipating who will fill the coveted front row spots at the shows. But out of all the stars from New York to Paris, who made our best dressed list? Dakota Fanning, who was a major fixture at the New York shows; Solange Knowles for her ingenious ability to mix prints; fashion’s perennial “it” girl Alexa Chung; reality star turned fashion aficionado Olivia Palermo; the controversial singer songwriter Lana Del Rey; and Hollywood veteran Helen Mirren.

Best dressed celebrity: Dakota Fanning

This definitive
teen muse was a front row fixture at some of Fall 2012’s most exclusive shows like Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs. For each presentation, she showed up clad in that designer’s best of-the-moment looks. Our favourite look was the somewhat futuristic ensemble of gold pants paired with a gold and turquoise wrap top that she wore to Rodarte’s show.

Best dressed celebrity: Solange Knowles

Beyonce’s baby sister proved that good taste runs in the family. Front row at Diane Von Furstenberg and Charlotte Ronson in New York and at Dolce & Gabanna in Milan, Solange expressed her current love of
prints and bright colours. Her willingness to tale a risk with clashing prints showed, pairing a blue and white floral skirt and jacket combo with a red print blouse. Completing the primary colour chart, she topped it all off with a pair of bright yellow pointy pumps.

Best dressed celebrity: Alexa Chung

British Fashion Council recently named Alexa Chung the Young Style Ambassador, so it’s only natural that Alexa was front row at numerous London Fashion Week shows. Her best look was the all black ensemble she donned at Burberry, with only a crisp white dress shirt peeking under a black coat. Of course, buttoned-up collars have become her signature, but Alexa is also one of few front rowers that embrace flat shoes, opting for a simple black patent loafer.

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Best dressed celebrity: Olivia Palermo

The former star of
The City turned style aficionado Olivia Palermo is perhaps the most photographed face on the street style blogs. She is a regular front row figure from New York to Paris, always impeccably dressed. Her best look comes from the front row of Anya Hindmarch, where she sported an unusual sheep fur varsity jacket over a brown leather pant and blazer combo. Her fashion week footwear of choice: pointy toe leopard print pumps.

Best dressed celebrity: Lana Del Rey

Love her or hate her, Lana Del Rey is on her way to becoming a fashion icon. She is already a muse for Mulberry, inspiring their brand new “Del Rey” bag. Lana took everyone by surprise when she took her front row seat at Mulberry’s London Fashion Week Fall 2012 presentation, looking surprisingly casual in blue jeans—which is also the name of her hit song—a varsity jacket, ballet flats and, of course, with her “Del Rey” bag in tow. There is something refreshing in a starlet taking such a casual sartorial approach to her first fashion week appearance.

Best dressed celebrity: Helen Mirren

But the front row isn’t just for young starlets. Dame Helen Mirren turned heads at Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2012 presentation in Milan. She was a vision of spring, decked out in the
Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2012 floral dress layered under a taupe lace coat. This legendary actress added a little sexiness to the otherwise sweet outfit by adding a leopard print satchel. Her appearance makes us wish for more mature fashion muses, a sentiment Dolce & Gabbana obviously share.

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