Kerry Washington tops Vanity Fair’s 2013 best-dressed list

TODAY – Duchess Kate is having quite a month: A new mom one week, and named one of the world’s best-dressed women the next.

Vanity Fair magazine released their annual best dressed list Wednesday, and it’s no surprise that Kate was one of their honorees.

The Duchess can pull off an Alexander McQueen custom wedding gown and a post-baby-birth custom Jenny Packham dress with equal parts style and grace.

It isn’t just Vanity Fair who has appointed Kate a style icon — the tens of thousands of fans who scoop up every outfit she wears have done that for her. This is Kate’s third straight year on the list, proving that her style success isn’t a one-off — it’s a candidate for lifetime achievement.

Joining Kate with spots on the highly coveted list were other royals, including Princess Letizia of Spain and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, who recently got married in white lace Valentino.

American royals — as in, athletes and superstar performers — made the list, from Beyonce to stylish supercouple Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen. China’s first lady Peng Liyuan, who has made headlines all around the world for her sleek, enviable style, earned a spot on the list for the first time. First ladies are a longtime Best Dressed list favorite — Carla-Bruni Sarkozy and Michelle Obama have both scored spots in the past, and Jackie Kennedy was named one of Vanity Fair’s best dressed women in history.

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The TODAY anchors shared their favorites on the list: Natalie Morales’ pick was “Scandal” star Kerry Washington. The actress made the list only a month after appearing on the magazine’s August cover in a glamorous white swimsuit.

Savannah’s pick, J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, was recognized as one of the best dressed fashion-industry professionals in the magazine, alongside people like Tory Burch and Stella McCartney.

Although she isn’t friends with Gwyneth Paltrow and doesn’t make ball gowns for Oscar winners, Lyons’ distinctive menswear-influenced look has made her a big hit with style bloggers. She is also becoming as big a brand as the company she works for behind the scenes, inadvertently starting a huge controversy when one J.Crew catalogue featured Lyons painting her son’s toenails pink.

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