NEW YORK (AP):Every year, fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on - and consumers respond to - is buzz.
Here are the top moments of 2012 that made our heads turn:
Angelina Jolie at the Oscars. The leg that peeked out of the high thigh-high slit of her Versace gown was the most exciting appearance on the red carpet. The gown fit perfectly into the sleek, simple, sexy mould that Jolie favours, but it was Jolie's picture-perfect pose to expose just enough thigh that launched a thousand memos. Her companion Brad Pitt gets an honourable mention for his scruffy appearance in a Chanel fragrance ad that left many scratching their heads.
Michelle Obama and Ann Romney's matching hues. The wives of the presidential candidates turned out to the second debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in practically the same shade of hot pink. But they weren't by the same designer: Romney's was by Oscar de la Renta, and Obama's by Michael Kors. A potential matching prom dress-style embarrassment was chalked up to timing: October's breast cancer awareness month.
Marc Jacobs' Louis Vuitton show. Many of the designer runways seemed more of the same - stark stages, thumping music and audiences distracted by their electronic gadgets - but the Louis Vuitton fall catwalk in Paris commanded attention. Models dressed in their very best travelling clothes stepped off a reconstructed retro steam train. Valets carried the vintage-inspired hat boxes and vanity cases. The trip seemed refreshingly refined and modern.
Two-toned Stella McCartney dresses. McCartney, no stranger to the red carpet, has created a style that celebrities can't get enough of. Her ultra-flattering "silhouette" dress has become almost ubiquitous. It features one colour on the bodice and back, and a graphic opposite on the sides and sleeves. Kate Winslet has worn several versions, and Brooklyn Decker, Kate Moss, Edie Falco and Liv Tyler have, also. The best turn might have been Jane Fonda at the Cannes Film Festival.
Beyonce's back-from-baby body. Some new mothers claim they feel sexier than ever. Beyonce was living proof at the Met Gala, the important industry event co-hosted by Vogue's Anna Wintour. Beyonce's skin-tight, largely sheer - save the bodice beading and feathered fish-tail train - gown by Givenchy announced that Ivy Blue Carter's mom wasn't going to hold back. An honorable mention goes to Jessica Simpson, who dieted her way to becoming a Weight Watchers ad then wound up pregnant again.
007's slim suits. Daniel Craig's wardrobe in "Skyfall" is impeccably tailored - and quite tight. Unlike the James Bonds that came before him, who all liked the traditional looser, longer cut of a Savile Row-style suit, Craig, whose wardrobe is created mostly by Tom Ford, takes his suits Euro style, with tapered legs and shorter rises. There's no question Craig's super