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Fashion Folks Reveal Biggest Shopping Disappointments 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. Last week, we looked at the best trends and favorite personal purchases; now, let's discuss the worst buys of the year. Readers, let us know what you think in the comments.

Céline platform. Image via Vestis.

Kara and Brit Smith, designers of of Elkin: Brit: "I would say I have no regrets... but then again I have definitely come home with purchases this year that Kara has told me to never wear, ever. Like this hot pink sweatshirt with neon dinosaurs all over it that I bought at the Rose Bowl Flea. I love it, though." Kara: "A pair of baggy leather hot pants that tied up the sides. It was basically a leather diaper. Brit also hated a vintage rabbit fur beret I got in NY. It's rad."

Ilaria Urbinati, celebrity stylist and co-owner of Confederacy: "Any shoes I bought despite being too small on me because I 'had to have them.'"

Yael Aflalo, founder and owner of Reformation: "Fishnet tights and the most painful but beautiful Alaïa lace-ups."

Brenna Egan, editor of Refinery29 LA: "Even though they're total archival status (little girls who don't exist yet I find to be the best justification for any purchase), I'd have to say the Céline black suede heel with the buckle ankle cuff and red platform. I bought them in a mad dash the morning of our 30 Under 30 Party, and while they went well (actually clashed well!) with the outfit I wore that day, I sincerely haven't worn them since June. They slaughter my soles and just feel played out now."

Kate Albrecht, designer and founder of Mr. Kate: "That I didn't buy more shoes."

Marlien Rentmeester, Lucky West Coast editor and blogger at Le Catch: "I came across a Proenza Schouler skirt that I'd previously been eyeing on sale at recently one morning. I continued searching the site for a few minutes to see what else was on sale and when I came back to purchase the skirt, it had already sold out!"

Cher Coulter, celebrity stylist and JewelMint designer: "Heels I can't walk in... too many shelf decorators."

Alisa Gould-Simon, co-founder of shopping and style app Pose: "The Gabriela Artigas pick rings that I recently lost at Equinox Santa Monica. Sniffle."

Kat Odell, editor of Eater LA: "Spending too much time on Gilt."

Cameron Silver, LA man-about-town and founder of Decades: "Je ne regret rien."

Aimee Song, interior designer and blogger at Song of Style: "I honestly can't think of any. I'm usually happy with most of my purchases."

Elizabeth Kott, founder of Closet Rich: "No evidence of these. Any remorseful purchases get sold on Closet Rich."

Kelly Wearstler, designer: "That I didn't get [my Balenciaga booties] in all the colors!

Melissa Magsaysay, author of City of Style: "Not getting a Rag & Bone coat. I suppose I can still accomplish that though. I try not to have shopping regrets. I rarely buy things on a whim. I think about and invest in timeless pieces that usually always work with my style and everyday life."
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