I’ll disclaim from the outset that the title of this post is inaccurate: “best”, when it comes to any form of art, is subjective. There’s no right or wrong on what can be called the best when it comes to fashion shoots, but there’s only so much you can explain in a title so I’ll say it here instead. There are certain editorials that stand out or stick in the mind for some reason. Maybe it’s the styling, maybe it’s the mood created by the photography, maybe it’s simply a model so stunning or intriguing that you fall in love with every image.

There have been myriad shoots across this year that could be called great for one reason or another, so here are just 10 that spring to mind. We won’t call them the best, but we will say that they’re certainly worth revisiting. View them after the break.

best fashion editorials 2012

Kristen McMenamy by Tim Walker

Whether it’s giant dolls or fantasy lands, any one of Tim Walker’s editorials and their impressive props could make it onto the list. This one is from W Magazine’s September 2012 issue, starring Kristen McMenamy as the ‘Dame of Thrones’.

kristen mcmenamy dame of thrones
See more at timwalkerphotography.com.

Karlie Kloss by Greg Kadel

Karlie Kloss has the legs for latex. While the fetish theme is nothing new, in this shoot by Greg Kadel he knew exactly how to make the most of his model. This one was from Numéro’s No.137 October 2012 issue.

karlie kloss by greg kadel

Karmen Pedaru and Mariacarla Boscono by Mert & Marcus

There was just something memorable about Karmen Pedaru and Mariacarla Boscono wearing fringed wigs and looking like they belonged on the cover of some 1960s pulp fiction novel. Mert & Marcus’ The Girly Show for W March 2012 reached the mark it was aiming for.

the girly show mert marcus

Eniko Mihalik by Ellen Von Unwerth

Eniko Mihalik looking like she might have stepped out of a pre-Raphaelite painting: this shoot by Ellen von Unwerth executes it dreamily. From Vogue Italia’s July 2012 issue.

eniko mihalik by ellen von unwerth

An Le for Bambi Magazine

An Le’s shoot for issue 12 of Bambi Magazine takes the adjective of ‘cinematic’ and gives it a whole new meaning. Definitely worth viewing in full.

an le for bambi magazine

Camille Rowe by Ellen Von Unwerth

If Ellen Von Unwerth time travelled back to the 1920s and did a shoot, this would be the result. The faded postcard effect has a certain nostalgia, and the vintage inspired styling hits the right notes. From Grey Magazine, fall 2012.

camille rowe ellen von unwerth

Anja Rubik by Camilla Akrans

Shoots featuring androgynous styling have been more than forthcoming this year, but Camilla Akrans’ vision of a masculine, mod Anja Rubik is one that stuck in memory. Ludivine Poiblanc did the styling. From Vogue Italia’s September 2012 issue. More here.

anja rubik by camilla akrans

Laragh McCann by Gemma Booth

Sometimes soft, feminine styling is just too alluring to pass up. Especially when photographed with gentle light leaks, gauzy chiffon, and floral wallpaper. Gemma Booth’s shoot of Laragh McCann for Elle France, April 2012, has hit the right formula to draw you in. Marine Braunschvig’s styling borders the fine line between innocence and sensuality.. knowingly.

Laragh McCann by Gemma Booth

Kate Moss by Steven Klein

Good Kate, Bad Kate, two sides of Kate Moss on display in W Magazine’s March 2012 issue. It’s the dark, mysterious themes in Steven Klein’s photos, however, that make the shoot stand out.

kate moss by steven klein

Zuzanna Bijoch by Pierre Debusschere

Flowers are always beautiful, but there’s a particularly inventive quality to Pierre Debusschere’s use of them in this shoot starring Zazanna Bijoch. Flowers are flung, strewn, and superimposed for pretty effect in the pages of Dazed & Confused’s October 2012 issue.

holy flowers
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