nyfw 2012: the takeaways

Ok, friends. Now that NYFW is complete, it’s time to recap and wrap up the trends that will overtake the fashion world this fall. There are several exciting new looks that will be flooding the high end shops and on through the fast fashion bins, so be sure you know what to look out for to be at the forefront of fashion. How much you decide to spend on what, or where you get it, is up to you ūüėČ

1. The leather harness has officially arrived. While there have been sightings of the harness in recent months, the Herve Leger by Max Azria show taught fashion lovers how to wear them over everything–from flowing grecian gowns to the¬†eponymous Leger bandage dress. When paired with boho-chic faux fur, a harness is less dominatrix and more a test in your ability at layering mixed materials.

herve leger harness fall winter 2012

2. Pajama wear is having a moment. Last season we saw the Tommy Hilfiger pajama pants go straight from the runways to magazine editorials and on to the sinewy bodies of fashion’s most notable names. Now, the pajama pant reunited with its other half by surfacing as a cozy snuggy-ish onesie. Mara Hoffman taught us how to truly own the onesie, with cool girl accessories–such as a pair of kickass shoes. Word to the wise: a print, such as the Aztec motif seen here, won’t flatter everyone. Us everyday folk should skew towards basic black for trying out this trend.

mara hoffman fall winter 20123. The “Labor Day-White Rule” has retired once and for all. Members of fashion’s elite know that this rule has been stale for countless seasons now, but seeing it affirmed by the favorite label of cool-girl’s across the globe was refreshing. Alexander Wang shows us that a chic white, sleeveless dress totally strikes a chord with bad girl black boots.

alexander wang fall 2012 white dress4. Printed pants are working it, in and out of the office. Fall/winter collections steered women towards an actual pant–leggings beware! Aside from the solid color slacks and other menswear inspired looks, Amy Smilovic from Tibi brought us an early nineties Gwyneth lookbook. (For me, the print was reminiscent of Miu Miu’s 2010 sparrow shoes. In fact, the whole collection was lacking in color, seemingly very un-Tibi). But paired with chunky knits, the look just works.

printed tibi pants fall 20125. Colorblocking is here to stay. Gucci’s bright orange, purple and emerald combos are a thing of the past, but classic and consistent Diane von Furstenberg has brought in the new wave of color blocking–neutrals paired with shading. Here, we see taupe, chocolate, mahogany and red combine into sartorial nirvana. And of course, a bright pop of red never hurt anyone. Take a cue from the model and work the look with a sleek side part.

dvf fall 2012

6. Metallics are a fall/winter staple. Heavy fabrics, such as brocade, are a dignified staple of the fall and winter months. Metallic fabrics look ornate, formal, and yet just funky enough when cut to a thigh high length–which was seen at Jenny Packham. A contrasting element, like this bright red belt, keeps it youthful rather than Victorian.

jenny packham fall 20127. High-waisted. Flared. Leather. I couldn’t even formulate a proper sentence from the excitement! Leave it to DKNY to make crocodile textured leather look polished and luxe as all get out. Keep in mind that when creating a look with such a strong piece, less is more–hence the monotone head to toe outfit. Pulled back hair and minimal to no accessories keep the look fuss free and the focus on your statement skirt.

dkny fall 20128. Chunky knits belong with intricate delicates. Michael Kors, the king of neutrals, put together an eye-catching combo that I simply can’t resist. The nude turtleneck sweater paired with a barely there sparkly skirt are so subtle–the perfect backdrop for a bright red lip. And is the designer plotting a vacation outside of the typical winter? All bare legs aside, this model’s in sandals. Hope to see in you in Miami, Mr. Kors.

michael kors fall winter 20129. If you haven’t indulged in a peplum, now’s the time. The peplum look was all over the runways–blame it on the aftermath of the Mad Men craze. A peplum top, such as this one at Peter Som, is a great way to showcase a petite upper body (shoulders and arms,¬†specifically), whilst also hiding a full tummy, post-wine binge bloat, or the beginnings of a baby bump. Plus, they are so tailored and appear undeniably put together. Do yourself a favor and swap out your typical blouse for a peplum top and you’ll just feel better.

peter som peplum10. Let’s talk about lemon and lime. From L.A.M.B to Karen Walker, and half a dozen others, bright shades of lemon, lime and mustard were all over the Fall/Winter runways. Thankfully, the various shades are tailor-made to complement endless skin tones. Pair your brights with subdued¬†separates, like the gray wool that was styled at Karen Walker. Lighten up heavy fabrics with funky shoes and offbeat shades, all of which this model nails perfectly. The best part? Your citrus items can take you well into the warmer months, giving you plenty of justification for spending a little extra on them.

karen walkerall photos via style.com

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  • Reply Spencer Prather 2012/02/19 at 1:20 am

    Thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!

    • Reply Rotariano 2012/05/04 at 10:22 am

      Good lord. I don’t even want to think about Fall 2011 right now. We’re at the tail end of the snowpocalpse and I only want to think about weianrg summer weight Italian cashmere, mini skirts, and cute sneakers.

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