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. Earlier today, we looked at the best trends; now, we've asked our experts to weigh in on their favorite purchases of the year. Readers, let us know what you think (and feel free to add your own) in the comments below.
The 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel.
Cameron Silver, founder of Decades: "It's always my most recent and the year isn't over yet!"
Brenna Egan, editor of Refinery29 LA: "This is a toughie, so it will have to be a three-way tie between my Charlotte Olympia Eclipse platforms, a bonkers TOGA cape-dress (with pockets!) bought at the Opening Ceremony sample sale and a vintage Lucite handbag with gold accents and the daintiest angular handle from The Way We Wore."
Kara and Brit Smith, designers of of Elkin: Brit: My new Prius and an INCREDIBLE vintage Edwardian dress from 1910. Oh AND an insanely cool French tufted couch." Kara: "A new tattoo."
Kelly Wearstler, designer: "Balenciaga booties. They are chic, comfy and the perfect shoe to wear when I am at the office on my feet all day."
Cher Coulter, celebrity stylist and JewelMint designer: "A fall Gucci dress, stunning."
Aimee Song, interior designer and blogger at Song of Style: "Earlier this year I purchased my first Chanel espadrilles in red and blue. They were probably the most-worn shoes while traveling and working because they are so comfortable and go with pretty much any outfit. Definitely my favorite purchase."
Yael Aflalo, founder and owner of Reformation: "A vintage gold chain Chanel belt and my French bulldog, Moose."
Marlien Rentmeester, Lucky West Coast editor and blogger at Le Catch: "Lanvin ankle-strap glittery sandals—so feminine and party-perfect."
Ilaria Urbinati, celebrity stylist and co-owner of Confederacy: "I bought two Carven dresses I'm obsessed with—so feminine and chic but really wearable. As well as my asymmetric Free People thermal I wear every day. I need twenty more of them 'cause I can't do laundry every other day. "
Alisa Gould-Simon, co-founder of shopping and style app Pose: "My Zara buckle booties which I have worn more times than I could count."