Perry Ellis once said that "fashion dies when it is taken too seriously," but if the social commentary the industry has gotten this year is any indication, there's no danger of that happening anytime soon. In fact, if the memes spawned in 2012 say anything, it's that the public's interest in fashion has never been so high. A look at some of the best examples — from Balenciaga Did It First to Your LL Bean Boyfriend — here in the gallery.
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