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Readers' Choice: Hot Topics in Fashion

Your picks for top trends and celebrity trendsetters.

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The guys had it in 2011. The men’s market generated plenty of attention with flashy product launches and high-profile retail pushes. Case in point: Voters chose Gilt Groupe’s masculine debut as the retail concept of the year. The industry also continues to keep its eye on the sleek, retro aesthetic of “Mad Men,” though youngster Justin Bieber remains a top trendsetter for the second time in a row. As for the ladies, Lady Gaga was forced to hand over her female trendsetter title to the world’s most famous newlywed: the Duchess of Cambridge. However, Gaga still has serious fashion cred: Some want her to start her own brand.

TOP 5 MALE TRENDSETTERS:
1.  Justin Bieber
2.  Tom Brady
3. (tie) Justin Timberlake
3. (tie)  Ryan Gosling
5.  David Beckham

TOP 5 FEMALE TRENDSETTERS:
1.   Kate Middleton
2.  Lady Gaga
3. (tie)  Jessica Simpson
3. (tie)  Kim Kardashian
5.  Michelle Obama

WHICH CELEB SHOULD LAUNCH A SHOE LINE?
Lady Gaga

WHICH TV SHOW OR MOVIE HAD THE BIGGEST FASHION INFLUENCE?
Mad Men

WHAT WAS THE BEST NEW RETAIL CONCEPT OF 2011?
30% Gilt Man
27%  StyleMint
19%  Treasure & Bond
10%  C. Wonder
9%  Moda Operandi
6%  Other

WHICH FOOTWEAR SEGMENT WAS MOST IMPROVED?
33%  High-end women’s
16%  Contemporary women’s
13%  Athletic
11%  High-end men’s
10%  Comfort
7%  Juniors’
5%  Outdoor
3%  Contemporary Men’s
3%  Children’s

WHAT WAS THE MOST POPULAR TREND THIS YEAR?
26%  Barefoot/minimalism
18%  Vintage/Americana
15%  Lightweight running
10%  Espadrilles
8%  Ladylike silhouettes
8%  Color-blocking
8%  Flatforms
6%  Menswear-inspired looks
1%  Other

WHAT WILL BE THE HOT TREND OF 2012?
Barefoot/minimalism

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