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What Were the Best Trends of 2012?

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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.

Cher Coulter, celebrity stylist and JewelMint designer: "Patterns, prints and embelishments—as bold as possible."

Brenna Egan, editor of Refinery29 LA: "Kaleidoscopic prints á la Mary Katrantzou and Clover Canyon, and mixing them all up into one hot, beautiful mess. On the other hand, I'm a big fan of all the matching suits we saw for fall, and get giddy when I find the perfect vintage sets of shorts, jackets, and pants. I know I'm going to get heat for this last one, but I was thrilled to see the crop top get all gussied up at Mugler, Proenza and Miu Miu. Listen, if you've got it, flaunt it!"

Yael Aflalo, founder and owner of Reformation: "Pointed pumps, the varsity jacket, fun graphics, winter whites and leather skirts."

Aimee Song, interior designer and blogger at Song of Style: "I've been wearing neon beanies for quite awhile but it was great to see that becoming more mainstream. Seeing people go outside of their comfort zone and wearing brighter colors was definitely refreshing."

Marlien Rentmeester, Lucky West Coast editor and blogger at Le Catch: "Oversized motorcycle jackets, statement sweaters, leather galore, embellishment, printed pants."

Ilaria Urbinati, celebrity stylist and co-owner of Confederacy: "Color blocking, cut outs (like at Alexander Wang Spring), peplums. All that maroon and burgundy on the runways. Colored suits on men.

Alisa Gould-Simon, co-founder of shopping and style app Pose: "I'm a fan of sheer when done right and all of the prints from summer and fall were a refreshing change. Also, I feel like pants in general have really been having a moment, of which I thoroughly approve."

Kat Odell, editor of Eater LA: "I love all the Japanese nail art, anything neon, denim shirts and color blocking."

Cameron Silver, LA man-about-town and founder of Decades: "Prints and more prints."

Brigham Yen, DTLA chronicler at Brigham Yen: "Ray-Ban sunglasses."

Kelly Wearstler, designer: "Overly-embellished jackets."

Elizabeth Kott, founder of Closet Rich: "Collaborations! From where I sit the collab really elevated this year. Locally, we saw a multitude of communal events and pop ups (my personal fave: COUP! with Cult Gaia, CRYBABY Presents and The Tappan Collective) that shined a much needed spotlight on the talent that has been percolating here in LA for quite sometime. I love witnessing the fostering of community within this industry."

Kate Albrecht, designer and founder of Mr. Kate: "Nail art and ombre anything."

Melissa Magsaysay, author of City of Style: "Gorgeous oversized coats, fur details and printed pants."

Kara and Brit Smith, designers of of Elkin: Brit: "It's not a trend per-se, but men's shoes/oxfords. I always wear them with my little ELKIN dresses to offset feminine with masculine." Kara: "I surprisingly am going to favor the more boroque, romantic, feminine pieces that were trending (velvets, brocade, carpet bag boots, etc). I also loved the letterman jacket/bomber jacket trend."