Instead of our regular look at the top stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top stories on just-style in 2011. What made the grade? Not surprisingly, the list includes cotton's ups and downs, the new apparel eco-index scheme...and JC Penney's new logo.

  • WORLD: Cotton prices retreat on slowing demand
    Cotton prices fell in April for the first time in seven months, according to the latest figures from an inter-governmental group, thanks to a slowdown in demand and a switch to man-made fibres.
  • US: Cotton prices to fall on rising production
    Worldwide cotton production is expected to rise by 9% to 127m bales in the 2011-2012 season - and prices are likely to fall from the current record levels - according to the latest forecasts from an inter-governmental group.
  • CHINA: Toxic chemicals found in global garment brands
    Environmental pressure group Greenpeace is continuing its campaign against hazardous substances in the apparel supply chain with the release of new research that suggests traces of toxic chemicals have been found in clothing from brands including Adidas, H&M and Abercrombie & Fitch.