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As 2012 draws to a close, we're surveying our friends in the fashion industry about the year's biggest news stories and most exciting developments. First up: Best Trends. Readers, let us know what you think in the comments.
Kay Lee, store owner of Otte: This year I saw some really great trends, like high-low hems in skirts, dresses and tops. Pastels for spring, and for fall, it was all about burgundy, leather, and luxe detailing. Leather leggings are a major trend for our shoppers.
Eddy Chai and Paul Birardi, store owners of Odin: Camouflage. Colored soles early in the year, and seeing dress shoes worn casually rather than sneakers.
Lindsey Green, fashion publicist: Wedge sneakers.
Shana Tabor, store owner of In God We Trust: I'm loving all the ankle booties, in all shapes and sizes. Electric blue. And I'm sort of a sucker for sequins.
Kirsten Fleming, fashion writer at the New York Post: The jock in me loves the sporty trend of 2012: baseball caps, varsity jackets and colorful sneakers. Unfortunately, it seems that I was shopping for Dom Deluise when I was in high school, so I wasn't able to recycle any of my old sporty duds like my letterman jacket and Adidas gear. (Why did we buy everything large when we wore smalls in the 90s?) I also loved midriff-baring retro styles, anything neon, and graphic sweaters.
Morgan Yakus, store owner of No.6: Beautiful monochromatic color mixing, menswear with a feminine twist, and pairing black with white.
Karin Bereson, store owner of No.6: DIY clothing and accessories. Everyone I know made or customized their own things.
Mizhattan, fashion blogger: I don't have a favorite as I prefer not to follow trends. I believe you can't go wrong with classics.
Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of the Retail Group for Douglas Elliman Real Estate: Shoes! We've seen some amazing newcomers from around the world: Brian Atwood, Nicholas Kirkwood, Melissa, Shutz, and more. Then add in the expansions of the shoe departments at Macy's, Saks, and Barneys—soon to be joined by Lord & Taylor.
We're also seeing more and more in-store boutiques, from Bendel's ground floor of accessories, Reiss opening in Bloomingdales, Vuitton at Macy's, I can go on and on. And children's clothing, particularly at the high end. I placed the first US Armani Junior and Caramel Baby & Child, among others. There are some really chic kids out there!
The Shophound, fashion blogger: The incredible strength of New York's menswear community and designers. Never has there been such a strong concentration of young talent in the men's field in New York, along with the press and retailers dedicated to supporting and promoting them. It's time for a separate Men's Fashion Week, ASAP.
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