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Trend Report: New York Fashion Week F/W 2012

Trend Report: New York Fashion Week F/W 2012

New York Fashion Week always sets the standards for the major trends to be seen each season. Held at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, New York’s Fall/Winter 2012 Ready-to-Wear collections brought forth new silhouettes, textiles, and trends. New York Fashion Week is the perfect blend between traditional design aesthetics and contemporary tailoring. From Oscar de la Renta to Prabal Gurang, the talent in New York is truly inspiring.

Each season there is no shortage of trends taken from the runway. From the manipulated leather textiles at Alexander Wang and Tory Burch, to the Rooney Mara inspired collection at Calvin Klein. Take a look at the top five trends I spotted on the runways and get a head-start on your fall purchases.

Leather Trousers
Leather leggings have been a trend that many girls have embraced recently. What better way to take that trend to the next level than by finding a nice wide legged leather trouser? Alexander Wang, Edun, DVF, and Derek Lam all embraced the over-sized pant; however, Oliver Theyskens of Theyskens’ Theory knocked this trend out of the park. Paired with a fitted metallic top, a trend I’ll elaborate on more in a bit, this is the perfect way to style this bold bottom.

Gorilla Arms
Two years ago I cut the sleeves off of my mom’s old mink coat. I’m so glad I still have those sleeves because fur-sleeved tops are the next big thing. Doo.Ri, Theyskens’ Theory, Herve Leger, and Carolina Herrera all took their own take on this animalistic trend; however, none other than the Jason Wu was able to bring this trend to life. Paired alongside a double-breasted coat with maroon fitted trousers, Wu made this trend an easy DIY project.

Celebrity Designers

Gwen Stefani truly made this trend popular a couple of years ago when she launched her L.A.M.B. line. Today New York Fashion Week is dripping in designer talent. Known for her relationship with Mick Jagger, L’Wren Scott’s designs have been acclaimed by fashion editors and been worn by fellow celebs on the red carpet. Who thought Posh Spice would turn out to become the most famous Spice Girl? Victoria Beckham has truly found her niche in New York and has been presenting innovative minimalistic designs season after season. Mary Kate and Ashley held an intimate presentation for their line The Row. With clean cut tailoring the Olsens have earned their rights as reputable designers. Finally, Rachel Zoe, celebrity designer, debuted her first runway collection this season and showed clothes that were absolutely buh-nanas!

East Meets West

No, I’m not talking about the move of the shows from the Upper East to the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This season brought forth a great inspiration from Eastern countries such as India and China. Naeem Khan, Altuzarra, and Rag & Bone all had distinct Indian influences in their collections with traditional prints and textiles. Furthermore, Jason Wu and Proenza Schouler embraced China as a focal influence with an attention towards traditional brocade detailing and silhouettes.

The colour of this fall/winter season was gold: Decadent, luxurious, and rich. Michael Kors, Monique Lhuiller, Marchesa, and Prabal Gurung all showcased gold metallic dresses. Meanwhile, Marc by Marc Jacobs featured gold trenches for both men and women and designers such as Derek Lam and Phillip Lim showcased gold shoes. A colour that never goes out of style, gold is definitely the new black.

Studying Media Information Technoculture at the University of Western Ontario, Joseph strives to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Having interned at Fashion Television, Joseph's unique flare for style is highly recognized. As a freelance stylist and personal shopper, he is excited to share his knowledge of fashion and style to fellow readers.

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