New York Fashion Week Fall ’12 Trend Wrap-Up

February 27, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12, Trends

Well we did it! We survived another Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Actually, we not only survived, we thrived. Our iron-clad team has now had enough seasons under our belts where we can work seamlessly together like a well-oiled machine. And good thing too, because Fall 2012 RTW Collections were chock full of eye-popping hues, luxe fabrics and even a few questionable trends that needed to be discussed as soon as they hit the runway (like bright-colored fur!). So now that we’ve had time for a breather, we’re back for our seasonal trend wrap-up!

Fall may still be months away, but the fall fashion we saw has us excited already! So to kick things off, here are a couple of things we learned: digital printing on fabric, neoprene and laser cut leather were a few of the edgier trends we can’t wait to try. The major color of the moment, orange, will maintain it’s place in the spotlight as swaths of silk, velvet and (again!) fur were all fashioned out of the citrusy hue. A couple labels known mostly for their girly, youthful aesthetic got seriously grown-up makeovers. Of course all of our trusty fall favorites were accounted for as well – velvet, tweed, wool, embroidery, embellishments of sequins and beads, decadent outerwear and, thanks to Lacoste, the option of ski wear as everyday fashion. Beauty looks included matte faces, bright red and deep purple lips, out-to-there hair and the coolest accessory of all – textured nails. Overall, each house had a story to tell and we listened intently so we could share it all with you. So bust out your pads and pencils and take notes! This is literally, the future of fashion.


Black: Ruffian, Reem Acra, Christian Siriano, (pictured above); Herve Leger, Rebecca Taylor,  Emerson, Mara Hoffman, Joanna Mastroianni, Badgley Mischka, Haus Elkire, Donna Karan, Carmen Marc Valvo, Tracy Reese, Yigal Azrouel, Carlos Miele, Ralph Lauren

Black and White: Naeem Khan, Donna Karan, Alice + Olivia, Tibi, Mara Hoffman, Douglas Hannant, Narciso Rodriguez, Diane von Furstenberg, L.A.M.B., Tracy Reese, Lela Rose, Ohne Titel, Jenni Kayne, Oscar de la Renta

Cream: Lacoste, Doo.Ri, Michael Kors, Milly by Michelle Smith, Zac Posen, Carlos Miele, Ann Yee, Cushnie et Ochs, J Mendel, Reed Krakoff, Philosophy, Jill Stuart, Marchesa, Peter Som, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler

Green: Yigal Azrouel, Zac Posen, Alice + Olivia, Chris Benz, Bibhu Mohapatra, Ann Sui, Tracy Reese, Rebecca Minkoff, Tibi, Badgley Mischka, Rachel Zoe, Zero + Maria Cornejo

Beige/Nude: Carlos Miele, Nicholas K, Carmen Marc Valvo, Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Erin Fetherston, Ralph Lauren, Ann Yee, Whitney Eve, Herve Leger, Three As Four, Rachel Zoe, Vivienne Tam, Dennis Basso, Philosophy, Michael Kors, Jenny Packham

Orange: Narciso Rodriguez, Douglas Hannant, Dennis Basso (pictured above); Rachel Roy, Whitney Eve, Tracy Reese, Lela Rose, Reed Krakoff, Vera Wang, BCBG Max Azria, Cynthia Rowley, Rebecca Minkoff, Calvin Klein, Nanette Lepore, Carlos Miele, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Gray: Dennis Basso, Donna Karan, Lela Rose, L.A.M.B., Ann Yee, Milly by Michelle Smith, Pamella Roland, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Thakoon, Marc Jacobs, Doo.Ri, Christian Siriano, Carmen Marc Valvo, Tibi, Rebecca Taylor, DKNY

Brown: Nicole Miller, Brandon Sun, Douglas Hannant, Narciso Rodriguez, Ralph Lauren, Rebecca Taylor, Victoria Beckham, Reem Acra, Tommy Hilfiger, Costello Tagliapietra, Vivienne Tam, Cynthia Rowley

Metallics: Behnaz Sarafpour, Pamella Rowland, Badgley Mischka (pictured above); Emerson, Reem Acra, Joanna Mastroianni, Naeem Khan, Candela, Badgley Mischka, Chris Benz, Erin Fetherston, Vivienne Tam, Prabal Gurung, Ralph Lauren, Alice + Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Tracy Reese, Nicholas K, Anna Sui, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Philosophy

Blue: Milly by Michelle Smith, Imitation of Christ, Zac Posen, Proenza Schouler, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Tracy Reese, Ann Yee, Oscar de la Renta, Elie Tahari, Ohne Titel, Cynthia Rowley, Catherine Malandrino, Anna Sui, Tibi, Zero Maria Cornejo, Tadashi Shoji, Carlos Miele, Prabal Gurung

Purple: Rachel Roy, Nanette Lepore, Honor, Ann Yee, Pamela Roland, Carolina Hererra, Tracy Reese, Sachin and Babi, L’Wren Scott, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Nonoo

Red: Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs, The Blondes, Nanette Lepore, Pamella Roland, Chris Benz, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Lacoste, Chadwick Bell, Imitation of Christ, Sophie Theallet, Proenza Schouler, Victoria Beckham, Norma Kamali, Monique Lhuillier

Wine: Diane von Fursteberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Peter Som, Doo.Ri, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Elie Tahari, Nanette Lepore, Rachel Roy, Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler


Tribal Prints: The Blonds, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Naeem Khan, Mara Hoffman, Libertine, Vivienne Tam, Charlotte Ronson, Edun, Tibi, Anna Sui, Charlotte Ronson


Striping: Chris Benz, Alice + Olivia, Suno (pictured above); Lela Rose, Richard Chai LOVE, Honor, Rachel Roy, Naeem Khan, Jeremy Scott, Band of Outsiders, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Lacoste, Lauren Moffatt, Vivienne Tam, Gary Graham, Anna Sui, Ralph Lauren, Reed Krakoff, Son Jung Wan, Farah Angsana, Catherine Malandrino, Imitation of Christ, Y3, rag&bone, Whitney Eve, TSE, M.Patmos, Carolina Herrera

Floral: Richard Chai Love, Suno, Jill Stuart, Libertine, Rachel Roy, Whitney Eve, Haus Elkire, Vivienne Tam

Screen Prints: Doo.Ri, Cynthia Rowley, Chado Ralph Rucci, Monique Lhuillier, Anna Sui,  Zero + Maria Cornejo, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Costello Tagliapietra

Color-Blocking: BCBG Max Azria, Milly by Michelle Smith, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rachel Roy, Narciso Rodriguez, Band of Outsiders

Plaid: Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Ruffian, Douglas Hannant, Pamella Roland, Chris Benz, Oscar de la Renta, Cynthia Rowley, Ralph Lauren, Badgley Mischka, Timo Weiland, Karen Walker, Michael Kors, Norma Kamali


Leather: Rachel Roy, The Blondes, Nanette Lepore, Narciso Rodriguez, Chris Benz, Yigal Azrouel, Libertine, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Calvin Klein, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang

Mixed Fur, Knits and Textures: Dennis Basso, Son Jung Wan, 3.1 Phillip Lim (pictured above); Richard Chai LOVE, Brandon Sun, Badgley Mischka, Doo.Ri, Vivienne Tam, Narciso Rodriguez, Pamella Roland, Chris Benz, Alice + Olivia, Carmen Marc Valvo, Behnaz Sarafpour, Tracy Reese, Yigal Azrouel, Behnaz Sarafpour, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Chiffon: Katya Leonovich, Rebecca Taylor, Carmen Marc Valvo, Donna Karan, Badgley Mischka, Ann Yee, Erin By Erin Fetherston

Feathers: Falguni & Shane Peacock, Naeem Khan, Donna Karan

Embroidery: Son Jung Wan, Imitation of Christ, Naeem Khan, Donna Karan, Libertine, Doo.Ri, Behnaz Sarafpour, Cynthia Rowley, Jen Kao, Vera Wang, rag&bone

Velvet: Nonoo, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Tadashi Shoji, Badgley Mischka, Whitney Eve, Alice + Olivia, Libertine, Jeremy Laing, Oscar de la Renta, Timo Weiland, Suzanne Rae, Katie Gallagher, Ralph Lauren, L’Wren Scott, Rebecca Taylor, Josie Natori, Jason Wu, Lauren Moffatt, Sally Lapointe, Zspoke by Zac Posen, Concept Korea, Christian Siriano, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuiller, Catherine Malandrino, Anna Sui, Jen Kao

Silk: Jenny Packham, Ruffian, Haus Elkire, Narciso Rodriguez, Nantte Lepore, Tibi, Carmen Marc Valvo, Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Behnaz Sarafpour, Ann Yee

Sequins: Jenny Packham, Rebecca Minkoff, Naeem Kahn (pictured above); Chris Benz, Joanna Mastoianni, Badgley Mischka, Chris Benz, Alice + Olivia, Donna Karan, Whitney Eve, Erin By Erin Fetherston

Crystals: The Blonds, Naeem Kahn, Joanna Mastroianni, Behnaz Sarafpour

Lace: Nonoo, Behnaz Sarapouf, Sally LaPointe, Nanette Lepore, Alice + Olivia, Erin By Erin Fetherston

Lame: Tracy Reese, Sally LaPointe, Badgley Mischka

Tweed: Ruffian, Richard Chai LOVE, Vivienne Tam, Douglas Hannant, Ralph Lauren

Beading: Naeem Khan, Nanette Lepore, Badgley Mischka, Behnaz Sarafpour, Erin Fetherston, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Libertine


Sheer Cutouts: Jill Stuart, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Reem Acra, Emerson, Haus Elkire, Yigal Azrouel, Erin By Erin Fetherston, Tadashi Shoji, Jenny Packham, Anna Sui, DKNY

Sheer Overlays: Honor, Chadwick Bell, Tadashi Shoji, Honor, Chadwick Bell, Alexander Wang, Carolina Herrera, Jenny Packham, Reed Krakoff, Jenni Kayne, Peter Som, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Joy Cioci, Sally LaPointe, Rebecca Taylor, Jeremy Laing, Emerson, Vera Wang, Charlotte Ronson

Pleating: Richard Chai LOVE, Donna Karan, Behnaz Sarafpour

One Shoulder: Jenny Packham, Reem Acra, Donna Karan, Rafael Cennamo,  Monique Lhuillier, Ralph Lauren, Naeem Khan

Menswear as Womenswear: Donna Karan, Pamella Roland, Carmen Marc Valvo (pictured above); Elie Tahari, Cynthia Rowley, Ralph Lauren, Richard Chai LOVE, Tibi

Draping: Erin by Erin Fetherston, Doo.Ri, Costello Tagliapietra, Zac Posen, Vivienne Tam, Alexander Wang

Bustier/Corset: Christian Siriano, Catherine Malandrino, Reed Krakoff, The Blonds, Zac Posen


80s: Lacoste, Katya Leonovich, LAMB, Proenza Schouler, Chris Benz, Whitney Eve, Emerson, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Nicole Farhi, Cynthia Rowley, Jason Wu

70s: Nicole Miller, Mara Hoffman, Douglas Hannant, Tibi, Suno, Cynthia Rowley

60s: Chris Benz, Anna Sui, Oscar de la Renta, Jenny Peckham, Cynthia Rowley, Victoria Beckham, Tibi, Emerson, Narciso Rodriguez, Peter Som, Yigal Azrouel, Milly, Jeremy Scott, Reem Acra, Anna Sui, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Cynthia Rowley

50s: Jill Stuart, Jenny Packham, Oscar de la Renta, Tibi, Alice+Olivia, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Peter Som, Jason Wu, Christian Siriano, Chris Benz, Cynthia Rowley, Catherine Malandrino, Monique Lhuillier, Milly, Oscar de la Renta

40s: Jenny Packham, Band of Outsiders, Rodarte (pictured above); Reem Acra, Emerson, Nonoo, Chadwick Bell, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tadashi Shoji, Yigal Azrouel, Suno, Victoria Beckham, Jason Wu, Monique Lhuillier, St. John

30s: Carmen Marc Valvo, Rodarte, Reem Acra, Alice + Olivia, Tadashi Shoji, Ralph Lauren, Christian Siriano, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier

20s: Ralph Lauren, Lela Rose, Imitation of Christ, Behnaz Sarafpour, Nicole Farhi,  Reem Acra, Tadashi Shoji, Chris Benz


Hats/Hair Accents: Ruffian, Milly by Michelle Smith, Marc Jacobs (pictured above); Yigal Azrouel, Joanna Mastoianni, The Blonds, Nicholas K, Chris Benz, Tracy Reese, Mara Hoffman, Donna Karan, Douglass Hannant, Tracy Reese, Carlos Miele, Alice + Olivia, Rachel Zoe, Betsey Johnson, Jenni Kayne

Leather Gloves: Milly by Michelle Smith, Reem Acra, Yigal Azrouel, Chadwick Bell, Rachel Roy, Narciso Rodriguez, Betsey Johnson, Prabal Gurung, Tommy Hilfiger, Chris Benz, Charlotte Ronson, Jason Wu, Douglas Hannant, Marc Jacobs, Pamella Roland

Sunglasses: Lacoste, Tracy Reese, Timo Weiland, Jason Wu, Alice + Olivia, Anna Sui, Carmen Marc Valvo, Catherine Malandrino, Jenni Kayne, Diane von Furstenberg, Jenni Kayne, St. John, Jeremy Scott, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, Prabal Gurung, Reem Acra, Karen Walker

– Lauren Dimet Waters, Alia Rajput, Taneisha Jordan, Amanda Aldinger, Carol Calacci; Introduction by Alia Rajput

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