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At Last: NYC Fashion Week Fall 2012

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Last month, long legs from around the world descended on New York City to strut their stuff for Fashion
Week Fall 2012. Let’s see what some of the best fashion designers are giving us now for fall.

The hottest trends from last month’s New York Fashion Week are here to excite not tease you. Through US Unlocked, you can own these trends. Many of these styles are available on,, Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue, which ships internationally, but not to all countries.


On the edge of prim –

A common theme on many runways was the dramatic push and pull of pairing extremes. The results are a surprising mix of textures and twists on classic looks. Designer Charlotte Ronson added an edge to the prim, innocent look with leather and harder lines. Lela Rose took a soft approach to edgy with sexy sheer chiffon
dresses with girly cap sleeves.

Tailored to rock –

The label Venexiana offers us ultra feminine shapes with designer Kati Stern’s signature tailoring. Over at CNBC, Stern said she thought many collections would have the push and pull. She drew her influence from both Kate Middleton’s refined, structured style, and glamorous embellishments seen on the rock ‘n’ roll stage.

Salute the troops –

Military elements appeared in many collections, as shown by Alexander Wang really wants to see us in trench coats, but not just any trench coat. These are ultra tailored and practically beg you to wear knee-high leather boots and a form fitting solid dress underneath.

You should also know that turtle-neck collars are back in a chic, feminine way. Both Wang and Jason Wu paired them with sharp-shouldered jackets with big buttons and eye-catching epaulets. Look no further than Tommy Hilfiger’s playful new collection for military trends as you’ve never seen them before. Hilfiger’s clean lines and vibrant tees, pants and sportswear will add energy to any dreary day.

Color, color, color

We saw enough grays and neutrals last fall… welcome back, color! Don’t ever leave us like that again. BCBG takes color blocking to new levels, combining teal, yellow, coral and dark green . Diane Von Furstenberg joined the party as well with pinks, bright reds and blues mixed with metallic belts and her distinctive shapes.

Wearable Women’s Menswear

CNBC reports that the Richard Chai collection “was both functional and wearable in everyday life.” Hmm. This is a funny buzz word for fashion, but not all the clothes we see on runways are wearable, let alone functional. Designers are finally noticing that more consumers want looks that offer them the most “bang for their fashion dollars”, and that’s a trend we can get behind. With sheer feminine skirts and menswear-influenced button down shirts, it’s also one we can’t wait to wear.

Excited for fall? We are. Let’s parade around the globe, sashaying in chiffon and lace. Wink at fellow fashionistas who make menswear look delicate. Nod to royalty in your own favorite fascinator, and button up that trench coat at night. It’s going to be an ultra chic shopping season. Thanks, style birdies.

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