Not a good year for dictators - or Dior designers - but for grown-up women everywhere, 2011 meant business as usual. Here are some of my highlights.
Parisian Chic became the style du jour and muse-turned-author Ines de la Fressange, 54, showed us that flat shoes rule the red carpet.
Michelle Obama, 47, answered critics by saying she wears what she loves - and we should too.
Research proved that women of a certain age relate to older models, and 41-year-old Stella Tennant picked up a gong at the British Fashion Awards.
Iris Apfel, 90, confirmed our suspicions, 'Most of the young people today look dreadful. And celebrities look even worse.'
Sofie Grabol, 43, star of The Killing, inspired a trend for Scandinavian knitwear, saying, ' I have affection for that jumper. It speaks of a woman who doesn't have to signal she's competing with men.'
What are your 2011 highlights? Happy New Year!
Michelle Obama, Christine Lagarde, Ines de la Fressange: Getty
Sofie Grabol:The Gentlewoman
Stella Tennant: Grazia and Juergen Teller Celine ad
Iris Apfel: Architectural Digest