Packed as it was with cats, retouching, and a progressively sad-looking Lady Gaga, the year in fashion editorials has flown by. And what a year it's been. Rounding up the highlights — and the lowlights — is no easy task. But we combed back through all of this year's bests and worsts to find the very bestest and the very worstest, including Kates and Karlies, K. Stew and R-Patz, dolphins and goats, crowns, balloons, babies, pineapples, and a sprinkling of nipples. Oh, and let's not forget Vogue Italia's unforgettable "Haute Mess" editorial, above, the year's single most memorable fashion magazine spread.
Also, because it's the holidays, there's a selection of 2012's most noteworthy campaigns at the end of the gallery; once you've realized you're done reliving the most superb superlatives, you've got a few more shots to enjoy. Or, more likely, enjoy laughing at.BEGIN SLIDESHOW