Fall Winter 2012: Womens’ Trends
NY Fashion Week is over, but the trends for Fall/Winter 2012 have just arrived. Here’s the lowdown from the STARK Fashion squad.
New York Fashion Week stands as the bi-annual addiction for devoted fashionistas to sift through the coming season’s offerings. This season was no exception as various NYC venues housed various Fall/Winter 2012 presentations from Feb 9-16. Of course, the STARK fashion squad was on-hand and we’ve compiled a list of key trends for the ladies, along with our favorite looks from our designers of the moment.
For fall, womenswear offers a stark balance between femininity and edginess, with detailed fabrication, prints and lots of color across the board. Our favorite trends?
Graphic prints: Look for grids, explore geometric designs (think ’60s and ’80s) and definitely go floral.
Retro looks: Going retro never dies, but this season add a bit of a Victorian edge to your modern look.
Rockstar chic: Fur and leather never looked so good. Do both, together or separately.
Turtlenecks: Really? Yes! Super fitted or oversized preferably.
Suits: Bianca Jagger is the inspiration. Suit sets (pants or skirts) are in.
Colors: Keep it rich and striking for fall with bordeaux, deep forest greens and cobalt blues.
Other prominent trends include color blocking (which is a carry-over from summer 2012 trends); gloves (a key accessory this season!); textured metallic fabrics; oversized pieces; and ivory everything.
And we wouldn’t leave you hanging without our list of designers we feel best encapsulated our favorite trends.
Alice + Olivia
Designer Stacey Bendet’s brainchild is well known for its dynamic, sartorial offerings. Some looks are daring while others are more refined, but our favorite looks included flirty and feminine “statement” skirts, vintage floral-printed cocktail dresses and a green-striped suit that will definitely set you apart in any crowd. If you don’t want to go home, stunt hard in Alice + Olivia this fall.
Inspired by Corto Maltese (the sailing adventurer from a French comic from the ‘60s and ‘70s), Altuzarra’s fall collection embodies vintage sailor chic with a modern twist. Our favorites included a killer black and white graphic print coat with a white fur collar, a hunter green ¾ length leather trench and wearable knits that feature colorful detailing.
Costello Tagliapietra’s fall collection found its center using flattering draping, saturated hues and exciting wearable prints. Bordeaux, teal and tan reigned supreme as their color palette for this season. Their designs are flattering and can be worn by women of all body-types (which is so hard to come by these days). Our favorite piece: the bordeaux draped one-shoulder dress, which features a maroon contrast panel at the waist.
Katya Leonovich’s collection, “An Architectural Aesthetic” was inspired by NYC’s gothic architecture and her paintings of various buildings were displayed as the show’s backdrop. Although the collection was limited in number, Leonovich’s strong pieces such as the show-stopping, black leather-boned standing collar dress, with python-printed ribbons draped across the shoulders, are to die for.
Lyn Devon’s fall collection perfectly epitomized a smartly-dressed woman of the ’50s. Arrestingly robust in color, Devon mixed deep tones with pastels, along with hints of hand-painted prints. The first look of the collection— a mustard knee-length coat with lilac blouse atop a white/lilac lovebird-printed ankle pants— embodied the perfect fall-trend look.
Mirano’s eye-catching collection featured bold colors like fire-engine red, black, gold and blue. Refined tailoring of leather, fur, wool and sequined elements kept the theme, but the stunning, red fur zip-up coat with gold detailing at the waist stole the show.
LaPointe’s collection was typified by dramatic, often asymmetrical hemlines, earth tones and tons of ivory, bordeaux and leather, while no outfit was complete without gloves. If avant-guarde is what you’re aiming for, LaPointe is surefire win.
Think you’re in a biker bar owned by Paris Hilton? Think again. The Blonds’ vivacious collection could best be described as “futuristic biker glam.” The color story included black, strong reds, gold, silver and aqua juxtaposed to edgier details like spikes, sequins, smooth leather and furs. This collection is NOT for the faint of heart.
Yang’s fun sensibilities shined through in her retro, playfully-girly collection. Plaid, lace, fine knits and silk evening wear made the cut in bold hues. Our faves: the full length navy/purple plaid dress and baby pink/spring green lace cocktail dress.
Reporting by Andrea K. Castillo, Priscilla Dijirackor and Tai Lotson