The day's top five stories in fashion news.
⋅ Give 2012 a not so fond farewell with Four-Pins' roundup of the most Ridiculous Products of 2012. A $6,395 hoodie and a Yoko Ono jockstrap are just the beginning. (Four-Pins)
⋅ After laughing off 2012's strangest men's style moments, kick off 2013 by turning over a new leaf or two—or ten. Complex has 10 Styles Risks You Should Take This Winter, all of which are surprisingly within reach. (Complex)
⋅ London's booming luxury men's market lured the likes of Jimmy Choo, who just signed a ten-year lease on its first standalone men's storefront on Dover Street, two blocks from its women's store. (WWD)
⋅ France is, once again, the bastion of all things forward-thinking and cool. Fashionista reports that there's a new crop of indie mags in town, and their freedom from advertiser relations means there's more fashion in these rags than there is product placement. (Fashionista)
⋅ For those of us headed Florence for Pitti Uumo next week, don't board your plane without reading WWD's preview of the best haunts and hangouts (assuming you actually find some down time). For those of us left behind, it can be just as fun to dream about an Italian holiday. (WWD)