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)

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.

Handwork

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.

Spanish designer Custo Barcelona went wild with color and texture, incorporating hand-knit hems with fur inlays on sleeves and waistlines. Never afraid of color, he served up plenty with mixed patterns and textures. There was even a pair of lace-up boots with hand-knit leggings. Hot.

Marc Jacobs took drama to a new level with oversize hats and extra-wide sumptuous coats. Many of these looks were topped with large, hand-crocheted stoles finished with huge shawl pins.

3.1 Phillip Lim featured slim pants and bulky sweaters with tons of black and white. One of his standout sweaters was a gray, hand-knit drapey cape-coat. (There were lots of capes around, likely indicative of global warming eliminating the need for heavy coats.)

Project Runway‘s Korto Momolu presented a few key looks, primarily evening gowns that she says represent “the clothes I want to wear that I don’t see in the stores.” On several pieces, she presented oversize handmade infinity circles.

Fur

For when women want to stay warm or just furrily fabulous, there was plenty of fur to behold. Celebrity stylist Carlton Jones pointed out, “Fur was absolutely everywhere, more than I’ve seen in years.” And so it was. In insets on suits and jackets to decadent coats and jackets, in every color under the sun. A few standouts: Dennis Basso served up his classic pieces, most notably a chunky red-dyed chinchilla jacket topping a charcoal-grey wool sheath. His tiny shrug jackets were pretty. And Basso’s oversize fur bags were yummy to behold.

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