>> Vanity Fair has released a preview of its 2011 International Best-Dressed List today, with Kate Middleton — recognized for her "whirlwind of fashion successes" — on top (Her inaugural appearance on the list came back in 2008.). Another recently-married royal — Charlene Wittstock — makes her list debut, and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is back for the fourth time. Michelle Obama, meanwhile, who is on the list for the fourth year running, makes her first appearance together with Barack Obama in the Best-Dressed Couples category.
As actresses go, Carey Mulligan shows up for a second time; same goes for Tilda Swinton, who's returning after a three-year hiatus. Shala Monroque appears for the first time, while Claire and Virginie Courtin-Clarins and Cara, Chloe, and Poppy Delevingne all make the Siblings category. And Lady Gaga is given her second recognition in the Fashion Originals category, where she's joined by Vanessa Paradis.