Thursday, February 16, 2012

FALLing for NYFW: A Review of FW12

Another season of New York Fashion Week (officially Mercedes Benz Fashion Week) has flown by and while I'm looking forward to the hot heat of summer at least I have a list of trends to look for a winter collections head to the clearance racks. The 90s influences are here to stay with bright colors, punk patterns and oversized but minimal silhouttes. There was also a return to ladylike looks from the 50s and 60s turned modern in graphic black and white and unexpected brights. Keeping warm will be down with plaid capes, metallic fitted pea coats and oversized leather and shearling moto jackets. Pair outerwear with bright complimentary accessories as the new way to colorblock in 2012. Below are my favorite collections from NYFW: FW2012. I hope you fall hard for these fun, fresh and luxurious looks.

1) Don't Have a Cow, Man! It's only Fashion.

Jeremy Scott is always know for his fun and quirky collections and the kaleidoscope brights, iconic character knits and pixelated emoticon patterns made for a not-so-serious collection with serious must-have separates. A metallic tie dye flower power skirt had the feeling of a 90s style inspired by the free love 70s - super trippy and truly signature. More wearable pieces were the Bart Simpson and Emoticon knits which conjured up nostalgia with a 90s punk twist. Behind the colorful crimped wigs and over the top makeup there was a wearable collection mixed within a fantasy wonderland.

2) Chic on the Street

Proenza Schouler mixed street style with luxurious textiles and an underlying oriental theme to create one of the most talked about shows this season. Playing with proportions from fitted chain mail skirts to oversized leather trousers there was a signature Proenza piece (or pieces ) within every look. The look was street wear oriented with a sophisticated finish making it the perfect collection for a wide range of styles, shapes and ages. With leather, more leather, silk satin and chains Proenza Schouler created the best street ready collection for Fall 2012.

3) Something to Rave About

Leather, color, fluffy furs and bold graffiti colors gave The Blonds a rave ready collection mixed with a barbie moto chic edge. Platinum blond Rapunzel length ponytails coming out of shiny helmets added to the fantasy of a colorful and metallic underworld. While not the most wearable collection take inspiration from The Blonds with woven metal accents, colorful retro graffiti prints and corseted leather silhouettes for a party friendly fall wardrobe.

4) Glam Cabin

Michael Kors was mad about plaid in a collection that featured cozy separates and easy glam gowns. Cozy cabin knits in luxe chunky fabrications added a simple sophistication in wearable shapes. Oversized outerwear in plaids and fur made for the perfect signature toppers against marled knits and leather accessories. A rich colorway of camel, black and bright red is easy to emulate come fall so stock up on some versatile separates for your own cabin glam.

5) Femme Bot

Feminine shapes and fabrics mixed with modern claw gloves created a new "new look" for fall. On trend metallic and glittering accents were seen in sequin skirts and jeweled necklines. A slightly pointed toe pump with a low heel added to the ladylike appeal of Chris Benz's newest collection. The full bowed skirts in a chic tea length are a great piece to pick up for an unexpected alternative to the LBD. Collect white and cream separates to pair with brights and neon pastels for a fresh fall look that still remains rich and cozy.

6) The Modern Lady

Alice and Olivia brought us 50s and 60s silhouettes with a modern touch due to colors, prints and styling. With edgy looks that still remain uber feminine Alice and Olivia is the go-to contemporary designer for the perfect party dress or flirty separates for when we want to show off our girly side. Full mini skirts and knee length dresses reiterated the trend of volume and an accented waist. One of my favorite pieces was a multi-colored sequin trophy jacket that could become your signature blazer this fall.

7) A Volume of Work

Varying degrees of volume and color were key trends at the Milly FW12 show. A cylindrical skirt on a hot pink hued tank dress created an inventive new shape for fall. Rich leathers in bold shades added a sleek style to be layered or worn bare depending on the season. Colorblock with neutrals, neons and muted brights for a well-thought out signature style.

8) Need a Hand?

90s minimalism mixed with graphic prints made Diane von Furstenberg an easy collection to fall in love with. Easy draping that will flatter almost every body shape created a versatile collection to invest in. The mix of magenta, teal and red was a new eye catching palette to try out right now. I especially loved the muted lavender mixed with brown and red for a luxe and sophisticated colorway. Remember to shop for simple draped jersey dresses and stand-out graphic prints for a cool and comfortable style this fall.

9) The Mad Hatter

We all drank the potion and ended up in Wonderland. Over-the-top furry hats were paired with overzied knits, unexpected proportions, powerful paisley prints and shining neon sequins. Ankle socks that would make Alice proud were paired with buckled block heels making me wonder if these shoes (especially the bright metallics) will be the next oxford. And one thing to DIY next season is an extra long chunky shawl or homemade knit tied with an oversized bobby pin for a new way to layer in cool fall weather.

10) A(luxe)ander Wang

I think we can all agree we all love the Wang. Every season it's my go-to line for sporty luxe separates and this Fall will be no exception. A simple colorway of white, black and oxblood made for a clean collection that still dazzled and dazed the audience. The modern flapper fringe dress was layered with a high collar jacket making it a cool fall appropriate way to layer. Boxy loose shapes made for a modern look and I love that it can conceal my curves post holiday overindulgence. Rich distressed burgundy leather had an old world charm and was a new color that I need to add to my ever-growing leather collection. And to keep the style sporty and sexy high slits were added to skirts and dresses so you can show off skin even if you're upper half is boxed in.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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