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The 10 Boldest Fashion Statements of 2011

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If we’re being completely honest, then there’s only one thing that gives us more of a thrill than watching a celebrity totally nail it on the red carpet — and that’s seeing them ignore conventional wisdom and take the kind of fashion risk that could easily land them on every weekly magazine’s “worst dressed” list. Hit or miss, it’s always more memorable. That’s why we’re celebrating the year’s ten craziest looks — the ones we loved and the ones we loved to hate on. From Nicki Minaj’s sartorial schizophrenia at the VMAs and Beyoncé’s bump flaunting in her “Countdown” video to the fascinators that stole the Royal Wedding and the whole “Ex-Girlfriend” jeans for dudes trend, we’ve collected some of 2011’s boldest fashion statements after the jump. Chime in with your favorites in the comments.
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Literary Mixtape: Cruella de Vil

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If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Cruella de Vil, of Dodie Smith’s The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
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Rate-A-Trailer: Nine

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Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Nine — the Tony-nominated play based of Fellini’s 8 1/2) looks a bit like his last flick, Chicago. There’s a lot of playing with light and shadow, interesting casting choices (Daniel Day Lewis? Fergie? Kate Hudson?), and enough spangly outfits and Fosse-inspired dance numbers to satisfy our inner drag queen. Also: It’s really hard for us to remain impartial, because any film that includes Dame Judi Dench in its cast usually gets a pass. There are a few things that make us nervous though.
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