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BFFs of Racked SF Describe 2012 Fashion in One Word

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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. We've looked at the best and worst trends of 2012; today, we asked our local luminaries to describe it all in one word. Readers, let us know what you think in the comments.


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Jessica Mullens Engelman, founder Mullens Public Relations: Inventive. Credit Bill Cunningham—the proliferation of street-style fashion photography has spawned thousands of Anna Dello Russo, Shala Monroque and Taylor Tomasi Hill wannabes creatively mixing vintage with Vuitton and everything in between.

Sarah Sung, San Francisco editor of Urban Daddy: Colorful

Adrienne Armstrong and Jamie Kidson, co-owners of Atomic Garden: It's hard for us to see trends in the Bay Area. People here tend to be very independent in the way they put themselves together, which is very inspiring. There is no one major word that sets the standard... and we love that about the area.

Joanna Riedl, publicist: Confused

Dr. Jordan Deschamps-Braly, plastic surgeon and menswear aficionado: "Finally." Because Hedi Slimane came back to designing clothes again and is now with YSL.

Claudia Ross, founder, Cross Marketing: Leather. We definitely saw a lot more innovation with leather beyond just the everyday jacket. More leather paneling with sleeves, dresses, etc. and in various colors/distresses were showing up full throttle in 2012.

Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34: Anything goes (one phrase!)

Melissa Davis, founder, Ruby Press: Eclectic

Marilyn Cabak, philanthropist: Fabulous!! One more word: FUN!!