Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’12: Celebs in Bright Colors! Renee Zellweger, Camila Alves, Barbara Walters, Nina Dobrev, Dakota Fanning and More

February 15, 2012 • Celebrity Style, Fashion Blog, New York Fashion Week Fall '12

With all the fur I saw on the runways this Fall/Winter 2012-2013 season, I almost wondered if that’s ALL the celebs would be wearing in the front row. And while I did see a fur vest on one very stylish Olivia Palermo, it was other unexpected trends that did it for me among the celebrity-studded arrivals at shows like Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, and BCBG Max Azria.  Many of them, for example, wore bright colors, something I thought was appropriate for Spring 2012 and not for Fall. But even with the weather being colder in February, celebs like Camila Alves and Debra Messing did not hesitate to throw on the bright colors.

Renee Zellweger at Carolina Herrera

While she has missed the show once or twice, actress Renee Zellweger is typically a front row fixture at Carolina Herrera’s runway presentation, and often uses the designer’s fine ladylike taste to dress her for major red carpet events.  The pink and cranberry color combination of this top and pencil skirt is most likely Carolina Herrera and it fits Zellweger to a T.

Diane von Furstenberg and Barbara Walters

I can say without a doubt that Diane von Furstenberg was probably the best dressed designer on the runway this season in her yellow top, fuchsia belt, and black skirt. Even more stunning is Barbara Walters’ vibrant orange coat, green top and blue pants (a big change from her typical conservative skirt suit attire.) Even more, more stunning, the fact that Barbara Walters joined media heavyweights like Diane Sawyer and Anderson Cooper in the front row for an anchor person spectacle in the front row at DVF.

Jenna Dewan and Kristin Cavallari at Rachel Roy

Jenna Dewan left the hubby at home to hang out with Kristin Cavallari at the Rachel Roy show.  We love the dresses, they fit the gals perfectly, and the orange-white two tone dress is nice on Dewan…until we notice that her shoes match the skirt and the whole thing just becomes too much!

Nina Dobrev and Camila Alves in Monique Lhuillier

It’s pretty cool that Camila Alves has started coming out of Matthew McConaughey‘s shadow after two kids.  We know that being his partner has made her super famous, but she is a beauty and she can totally work it to her advantage. She also seems super sweet.  Another celeb that seems super sweet is Nina Dobrev, who became a front row fixture this season at her first New York Fashion Week. For some reason, Monique Lhuillier decided to dress up her celeb attendees in bright, bright colors, a strange twist considering her Fall 2012 collection is completely and totally black, red, gold, silver and purple.  Not a neon color in the slightest.  The girls do look darling, though.

Dakota Fanning at Marc Jacobs

Dakota Fanning looked darling in ice blue in the front row at the Marc Jacobs show for Fall/Winter 2012-2013.  Still, despite the dress being really, really special (it IS MJ after all,) we think the collection this season totally outdid her. In fact, it totally outdid everybody and blew us out of the water. See for yourself here.

Maria Sharapova at Marc Jacobs

Also at Marc Jacobs, one sparkly Maria Sharapova, who was in the front row for more than one show this season.  Not quite as appealing as Dakota Fanning but nice, nonetheless.

Leighton Meester at Vera Wang

Was Leighton Meester really wearing Lovestruck at the Vera Wang show? She tweeted she was, and she is the face of the Vera Wang fragrance so it would make sense. But we didn’t get a whiff just to be sure. Did you? In any case, it’s obvious that Meester is wearing a custom made something or other from Vera Wang’s newest Fall/Winter 2012-2013 line. If you saw the collection on the runway, you would see for yourself.  Bright and interesting color combinations, but unfortunately not as amazing as other Vera collections. But at least she’s not making a gown this time for one Kim Kardashian.

Snooki and Angela Simmons at Bebe Black

I know not all of us are fans of Snooki’s fashion sense but we’ve got to hand it to her–for a girl that likes to walk around in fur Uggs, this outfit is fairly covered up, nice, and still statement-making in that bright blue way.  Also, kudos to the interesting padded jacket worn by Angela Simmons with more blue, a bag this time, and for looking nicer than a lot of other celebs at bigger named shows. This fashion show is for Bebe Black presented by the retail brand Bebe.

—Simona Kogan

 Photos:, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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