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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.
Melissa Davis, founder, Ruby Press: Retail wise, I love that pop-up shops are still happening and I love that more stores are making an effort to buy and sell sustainable wares.
Sarah Sung, San Francisco editor, Urban Daddy: For guys, Lots of bespoke and custom tailoring harkening back to the heritage, old school way of doing things: Jack/Knife Outfitters, Wingtip's bespoke shop, Taylor Stitch's suiting and Wilkes Bashford's new penthouse—they all joined mainstay Al's Attire. For women, good menswear companies like Unionmade and Taylor Stitch started turning their attention to women's clothes. As for the city of SF: gaining traction with lots of brands and designers (Uniqlo, Steven Alan, etc) setting up shops here.
Katie Hintz-Zambrano, Senior West Coast Editor, Refinery 29: I think there's been a stronger trend in cool, small home decor shops in 2012, more so than in clothing stores. Heath Ceramics in the Mission, Establish in Ocean Beach, Muji in SoMa, and the 2011 revamps of March on Sacramento Street and the relocation of Pot + Pantry across from Tartine Bakery all come to mind. I think San Francisco is becoming a real destination for inspired housewares.
Dr. Jordan Deschamps-Braly, plastic surgeon, menswear aficionado : In 2012, I was happy to see Beatle boots moving out of the musician domain and into more versatile, elegant looks. Also, I have noticed that narrow neck-ties are now becoming more acceptable outside of high fashion. I work in a fairly conservative environment when dealing with patients and being able to wear fashion forward ties to work is a nice change of pace.
Erin Hagstrom of CaliVintage: Prints! I'm especially obsessed with decadent paisley, textured brocades, and optical prints. They evoke a fun '60s spirit in my mind. In fact, the 1960s revival is one that has only just begun and I couldn't be happier! I'm also a huge fan of the pinafore dresses that have been popping-up and I always love the school-girl gone bad.
Joanna Riedl, publicist and Refinery 29 contributor: Layering and texture. I also have an affinity for baggy t-shirts which I feel had a major moment in 2012.
Jeanne Chen of ShopSweetThings: Velvet slippers/loafers, neon, gold, hearts, polka dots, the boyfriend look and bright red lips.
Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34: Return of the pants, fair isle sweaters and lettermans jackets, nerd chic, serious suiting, and mixing powerful prints
Marilyn Cabak, Philanthropist: In 2012, my favorites included Edwardian black embellished with gold making for very elegant and rich looks, tailored trousers, and prints, prints, and more prints! I loved how Prada featured patterns on top of patterns! It is not for everyone but is fresh and original and I enjoyed seeing that in 2012.
Claudia Ross of Cross Marketing: I love how 2012 has started to steer away from the menswear-for-woman trend we have seen so much in the past two years, and into a more feminine and romantic style. We are seeing more waist-defined gowns à la Carolina Herrera and full-skirted silhouettes à la Oscar de la Renta alongside fun crystal embellishments à la Prada and Eli Saab.