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Presenting the Racked Awards 2012 Winners, Online and Across the Country

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Ladies and gentlemen, the votes are in for our second-annual Racked Awards! They've been tallied and tabulated, and re-tallied and re-tabulated again to determined which of our fashion superheroes win the coveted Golden Turban. It's science. To recap, our local sites in New York City, LA, and Chicago compiled nominees for categories like Best New Store, Best Menswear Store, and Sale of the Year, many of which were left up to a reader vote. On the National side, we focused on categories like Biggest Trouble Maker, Best Online Retail Concept, and Best Working It Style to name just a few.

Tonight we'll fete the winners at a party in New York City, but for now, we'll let them bask in their glory here. We thought long and hard as to what stores, brands, and online personalities deserved the mighty prize, and left most categories up for a reader vote. Click through to see all the nominees and winners.

Readers Choice: Biggest Trouble Makers
In recognition of the incident instigator, internet meme, or sassy talker that stirred up the fashion scene the most in 2012.
Nominees: Jennifer Eymere (Zac Posen slapper), Karl Lagerfeld, Cathy Horyn's hotdog, Angelina Jolie's left leg
Winner: Kate Upton's boobs

Reader's Choice: Best Working It Style
Nominees: Intermix, Lucky Magazine, Alison Brod, Alice + Olivia
Winner: C. Wonder

Reader's Choice: Best Beauty Collab
Nominees: Beth Ditto for MAC; Deborah Lippman for Snow White, Karl Lagerfeld x Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown x Fifty Shades of Grey
Winner: Pantone x Sephora

Reader's Choice: Best Call Me Maybe Lip-Dub
Nominees: Man Repeller & Rebecca Minkoff, Ryan Lochte and the Olympic Swim Team
Winner: The Shirtless Store Associates at Abercrombie & Fitch

Reader's Choice: Best New E-Commerce Site
Nominees:, Club Monaco, Rachel Comey
Winner: Everlane

Best Local Boutique Website
In recognition of the local boutique that distinguished itself in the national sphere via digital innovation.
Nominees: TenOverSix, Bird, Otte, Creatures of Comfort
Winner: Need Supply Co.

Best Shopping Site
Nominees: Piperlime, Net-a-Porter, Steven Alan, Nasty Gal
Winner: Shopbop

Best Online Retail Concept
In recognition of the online business model that showed exceptional creativity or a digital breakthrough in 2012.
Nominees: Of a Kind, Warby Parker, Rent the Runway, StyleMint
Winner: Moda Operandi

Reader's Choice: Store of the Year
Nominees: Opening Ceremony, Bergdorf Goodman, Fivestory, Zara
Winner: Bird

Reader's Choice: Men's Store of the Year
Nominees: Dior Homme, Freemans Sporting Club, Steven Alan, Rag & Bone, CHCM, J. Crew Liquor Store, A.P.C., Epaulet, Unis
Winner: Odin

Reader's Choice: Best New Store
Nominees: Piperlime, Christian Louboutin Men's, Fivestory, Maison Kitsune, Joe Fresh Fifth Avenue, Celine, Apple Grand Central, Tucker, Warm
Winner: Owen

Reader's Choice: Best New Shoe Store
Nominees: Schutz, Christian Louboutin Men's, Nicholas Kirkwood, Matt Bernson, Charlotte Olympia, Vince Camuto, Saks Shoe Floor, Barneys Shoe Floor, Macy's Shoe Floor
Winner: Melissa

Reader's Choice: Best Sample Sale of the Year
Nominees: Marchesa, DVF, Rebecca Minkoff, Pat Field, Loeffler Randall, Manolo Blahnik, Creatures of Comfort, Diptyque, AllSaints
Winner: Rent the Runway

Reader's Choice: Best Consignment Shop
Nominees: Cadillac's Castle, Ina, Michael's, Eva Gentry, Second Time Around, Beacon's Closet, Buffalo Exchange, Tokio 7, Encore Consignment
Winner: Trunk Show Consignment

Best Public Stunt
Nominees: Benetton yarn porn, H&M's David Beckham statue, Trojan vibrator carts, Game of Thrones tattoos
Winner: The Marc Jacobs graffiti incident

Most Adorable Store Sidekick
Nominees: Sebastian at Bikram Yoga Harlem, Chainsaw at Armor Lux, Lady Bianca Miller at Eponymy, Franklin the Crest Hardware Pig
Winner: Squishy at Dave's Ware House

Best Store Windows
Nominees: Barneys art windows, Henri Bendel's bobble head, Antropologie's windows, Tiffany's Central Park windows
Winner: Louis Vuitton's Yayo windows

Best Nail Salon
Nominees: Essie, Valley Nails, Jin Soon, Red Door Salon
Winner: tenoverten

Saddest Closings
Nominees: Filene's, Betsey Johnson, Colony Music, Built by Wendy
Winner: Daffy's

Store of the Year
Nominees: Satine, TenOverSix, Nordstrom, Intermix
Winner: Reformation

Men's Store of the Year
Nominees: Unis, H. Lorenzo, Steven Alan Annex, General Quarters
Winner: GANT Rugger

Best New Store
Nominees: Kelly Wearstler, Scoop NYC, Clare Vivier, Myrtle
Winner: Cerre

Top LA Shoe Store
Nominees: American Rag, Kathryn Amberleigh, Barneys New York, DF Feet
Winner: Carmen Steffens

Best Beauty, Health or Fitness Craze
Nominees: DryBar, SoulCycle, Pressed Juicery, Blushington, CrossFit
Winner: DryBar

Best Place to Blow Your Paycheck
Nominees: Maxfield, Fred Segal, Opening Ceremony, American Rag Cie
Winner: Space.NK

Best Place to Shop for Vintage
Nominees: Shareen Vintage, Decades, Sielian's Vintage, Rose Bowl Flea, What Goes Around Comes Around
Winner: What Goes Around Comes Around

Reader's Choice: Store of the Year
Nominees: Sofia, Blake, Akira, Judy Maxwell, Perchance
Winner: Ikram

Reader's Choice: Men's Store of the Year
Nominees: Suitsupply, Haberdash, Jack Spade, Sir & Madame
Winner: George Greene

Reader's Choice: Best New Store
Nominees: Vile and Vialant, Walgreens at State and Randolph, CityTarget, BHLDN, Sofia
Winner: CB

Reader's Choice: Best Shoe Store of the Year
Nominees: Topshop, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Lori's, City Soles
Winner: Timberland

Reader's Choice: Best Social Media Scenester
Nominees: Billy Dec (Rockit Ranch), Marcus Riley (NBC), Amanda Puck (Watch 312), Emma Arnold (Tres Awesome), Jessica Zweig and Erica Bethe Levin (Cheeky), Lisa Frame (Mugshot Mondays), Monica Dimperio (The MidWasteland), Ryan Beshel (Bowtie Memoirs), Cece Gonzalez & Melinda Joseph (Rayme Productions), Graham Kostic (Glossed + Found)
Winner: Candace Jordan (Candid Candace)

Reader's Choice: Top Market
Nominees: Vintage Bazaar, Vintage Garage, Pilsen second Fridays, Randolph Street, Renegade Craft Fair
Winner: Dose Market

Reader's Choice: Best Shopping Intersection
Nominees: Michigan at Chicago, Damen at Division, Foster at Clark, Armitage at Halsted
Winner: Rush at Oak

Best Beauty Shop or Salon
Nominees: Mario Tricoci, Aarons Apothecary, Merz, Arch Apothecary
Winner: Blowtique

Store That We're Peeing Our Pants For
Nominees: Christian Louboutin, APC, Marmot, Lanvin
Winner: Burberry

Best Atmosphere/Creative Merchandising
Nominees: Neiman Marcus, Ikram, Ralph Lauren, Martyn George
Winner: Judy Maxwell

Cutest Store Sidekick
Nominees: Fugi from Rotofugi, Blu from SARCA, Terence from City Blue and CB
Winner: Buddy Lee Tweedie from Roscoe Village Bikes

Biggest Shitshow
Nominees: Fix, Bonnie & Clyde's, Block 37
Winner: Mark Shale