Fashion Week F12 Summed Up In One (very long) Post

Monday, February 20, 2012

It’s that time of year for the guys to stop reading and for us gals to talk fashion.

While many of us are thinking spring, fall 2012 Fashion Week wrapped last Thursday in New York. While the fun is still going in London, as usually, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things on the runway. Note that all photos are from

Oh, so by me publishing this now, most of the critic’s verdicts are already out – the collections were boring. They felt that designers didn’t really take any risks.You know what - I agree. 

The marriage of Black and Red was very apparent on a lot of runways and presentations. Jason Wu, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham, Kate Spade – the list goes on.

Shot of Brandi* favJason Wu was inspired by the town he was born – Taiwan. The pieces in his show featured awesome lace and quilting.

There were a few designers that typically had me wishing that I’d hit the lottery. That included collections from Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan and Marchesa.

The Monique Lhuiller runway featured fancy fall jewel tones. I specifically pulled these four gowns to show some new neckline options out there.

Naeem Khan showcased a plethora of black and white frocks. B+W was in a number of shows. Also – note the variety of patterns.

As usual, the Marchesa featured a crazy about of detail in another to die for collection.  It’s been said that the show was inspired by a painting titled “A Soul Brought to Heaven.” You can see it here – complete with a nip slip.

Two show-stopping gowns here from Christian Siriano and Zac Posen. Not only did I like the shape of both of these dresses, but I also loved the colors. Perfect for fall.

The next two sets of slides remind me of prom back when I was in high school. Us gals wore head to toe tight sequin frocks. A few things to call out – obsessed with the green and preplum in the Tory Burch look. I feel like the Reem Acra dress is classy, yet super sexy with that sheerness that still shows major leg.

The Carolina Herrera gown is the most beautiful purpleish color, while the others on this slide would be great for any woman up for a gold trophy next weekend!

Now back down to earth with some wearable jewel-town dresses. According to my closet, I’m obsessed with the color of this DKNY dress. These other dresses would be perfect for a fall or winter event.

Speaking of color, I loved the bold neons (pink, blue, yellow and green) mixed with black on the Milly runway. Brights are still big and I was super giddy to see the red/pink mix still trending through Takoon.

Finally, I had to throw in these last two dresses. Isn’t it crazy how similar they are?! Whoops!!

Some other trends that I noticed for fall you won’t see here:

·         Outside of Lincoln Center, one trend that was emerging that is going to take me a long time to get into – a skirt over a dress. Yes – you heard me right. This was seen on the catwalk at Nahn.
·         Libertine showed these amazing coats with a confetti-like pattern on them that was just awesome. Speaking of coats, lots of shows had super pretty coats including Ruffian, Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs.
·         Prints are wayyyy in. Print dresses and pants were huge at a number of shows including Jill Stuart. Pint mixing was also popular at Tory Burch.
·         Watch out for Winter White. It’s gonna be big!
·         Rachel Zoe showed a lot of separates that focused on suiting.
·         Shorts were included in a number of shows including Jenni Kayne.
·         Leather is still trending. Pants, coats…invest now. Fur too. 

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