Hot Trends From Fashion Week 2012

Leather, fur and retro chic are just some of the looks that ruled the runway for the fall season.

Charlotte Ronson (Frazer Harrison/Getty); Oscar de la Renta;
DKNY (Neilson Barnard/Getty)

Black and white, leather and fur, prim and edgy -- these are some of the trends you will be looking for when fall comes back around.

Fashion Week was full of innovative design from a swelling number of designers -- so many that it was impossible to see them all. It was also the fabulous backdrop for many celebrities, including Miss J. Alexander, Star Jones, Angela Simmons, June Ambrose, Aisha Tyler, André Leon Talley and plenty more.

Beyond the glitz is the bellwether nature of fashion. If Fashion Week this go-round is any indication of where we are headed -- which I believe it is -- good times are on the horizon. For Fall/Winter 2012, many fashion designers continued a trend that was in full effect for spring -- vibrant color. Add to that luxe fabrics and plenty of whimsy and it just seems like things are getting better. Here are a few of the trends that you can look for when planning your fall wardrobe.

Prim With an Edge

Good girls (well ...) were on the runway wearing simple sleek sheaths, retro shoulders and slim skirts but somehow the look wasn't so innocent after all -- in a good way. Designers who took on this look remembered that it's 2012, and pure innocence may not exist anymore. The more appealing woman has a bit of edge to her that makes her all the more alluring. Charlotte Ronson featured a schoolgirl look in many silhouettes, one with a collegiate-esque sweater in black, yellow and tan, coupled with a slim leather skirt. Better yet was a sheer natural lace dress with a prim black collar. Sweet and sexy at once.

Ladylike bow blouses, high-waisted skirts, coats with precision tailoring, bell-sleeved blouses all dominated the Ruffian collection that was precisely for this prim-ish woman.

Tracy Reese has always drawn out the lady in her collection. This season was no different. She combined bright colors with sparkle for many looks. One red sleeveless dress with a flirty skirt was classic pretty Reese. Also pretty was a periwinkle knit jacket over a turquoise skirt with matching wedge shoes.

Lela Rose owns the prim and modern woman. She has kept them with her collection of sheath dresses with cap sleeves, several made fresh with sheer chiffon. A look that's both prim and retro is a gray sweater with black three-quarter sleeves and a black-and-white zigzag print in the center, paired with a mustard-colored slim skirt.


For several seasons now we have seen hand-knit and crocheted pieces incorporated into designers' collections. This season handwork is everywhere. Rachel Roy featured a group with sumptuous infinity circles as well as a perfectly streamlined leather dress that was skirted by chunky knit.

Fashion Week 2012 Trends: Photos

From prim and proper at Tracy Reese to retro chic at Oscar de la Renta, check out the top trends from 2012 New York Fashion Week.