cara, blake, raf, margiela, and more of the reasons why style had a definite on year.

by nylon

Everything Raf Simons Designed

"Raf Simons' final Jil Sander show (February 2012), and his first collection for Dior Haute Couture (July 2012): Simons said later to Milan with an homage to Paris--specifically, a Jil Sander collection that was essentially an homage to sculptural tailoring and ladylike spirit, his new employer. And all those killer coats in a palette of blush and bashful were just an hors d'oeuvre to Simons' first couture collection, an elegantly dramatic masterpiece that dared the fashion flock to ask themselves, 'Galliano, who?'" --Ashley Baker, executive editor

Athletes Got (Fashion) Game

"During NYFW we saw so many athletes (basketball, football, hockey) attending men's shows… more of them than actors or celebs! They made lots of men's magazine covers this year, and

Russell Westbrook from Oklahoma City Thunder actually stopped by at NYLON office

, too! He doesn't have a stylist but made such an impact at the NBA final press conference showing up in Prada pajama shirts, nerdy hipster opticals, etc. I feel like it's time for us to cover athletes rather than action sports athletes…don't you think?" --Mitsu Tsuchiya, men's market editor

Cara, Cara, Cara

"Any time Cara Delevingne wore anything." --Ali Hoffman, web editor

Wedding Princesses and a Music Rebel

"Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway serve up Prom Barbie realness in their ultra-chic pink dresses.Kate Middleton was a true modern day princess in her wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton. [And then when] Miley Cyrus cut her hair. Even though I am obsessed with top knots and Miley rocked hers harder than any other, she said she hasn't felt more herself since chopping off her hair. So it's cool in my book." --Kelley Garrard, promotions and marketing designer

All About Blake

"Blake Lively killed it this year. Killed it." --Dani Stahl, style editor-at-large

Margiela Goes Mainstream

"2012 might go down as the year collaborations reached their saturation point, but at least they went out with a bang--the Maison Martin Margiela with H&M collaboration was a biggie. I didn't expect to be impressed, but how can you not love the fact that somewhere in middle America, oversize jeans and hairy necklaces are being sold?! I went to the editors preview with no plans to buy anything, and went home with a giant bag filled with statement-making pieces." --Rebecca Willa Davis, executive web editor

Vintage Revival

"How everyone was wearing Boy London for, like, 10 minutes." --Blair Waters, NYLON TV editor