As New York Fashion Week comes to a close and editors rush to the airports in order to catch day one of London Fashion, it's the perfect time to reflect on all the incredible talent that our fashion world has to offer. NYFW is unlike any other fashion week around the world. The reason being, that New York and New York designers are mostly all about wearability and accessibility. While the European fashion weeks touch more upon aspirational trends, styles and luxury, New York is 100% ripe for the American shoppe, which is why I love to forecast the American markets' trends. It's because we can all do this in our very own closets. On this final day of fashion week I've picked up a few more new wearable trends and one aspirational trend that I think is going to drive some serious mass market inspiration.
(From left to right: Mandy Coon, Jason Wu, 3.1 Phillip Lim)
Body Con. Short for "body conscience," this trend has been consistent throughout the collections since day one. However fall 2012 is giving the body con style a new look. By using curve defining seams, color blocking and piping, these body con dresses will make the body look sleeker and slimmer. Amazing right? With side bands in darker colorations (black especially), this look will instantanously "wow" as well as flatter. And the trick to wearing this at home is to be proud of your body no matter what shape you have. You will look slimmer in properly fitting clothes. I smell a new LBD update.(From left to right: Donna Karan, Bill Blass, Ralph Lauren)
Wo-MAN. "Menswear meets womenswear" is always relevant to fashion week as designers like to toy with the contrasting concepts when designing collections. But for fall 2012 designers took a turn for androgyny, giving the feminine woman a masculine makeover from head to toe. These dapper dandies are a style not for everyone but definitely will spark some interesting evening attire. I particularly love the elongated tux tail at Donna Karan.
(From left to right: Libertine, Christian Cota, Altuzarra)
Free Tibet. This trend I was holding onto since the middle of fashion week as it sparked my interest by being so fresh and new to me. I haven't seen this trend theme touched upon in some time. Tibetan jewelry and fabrications have always inspired me personally and now the snowy hill style of the Himalayas has inspired designers as well. These eclectic looks give a new perspective on dressing for the cold of winter. Truly for the fashionista who likes to beat to her own style drum, mastering this trend is all about mixing in the right fabrications, fuzzy details, and lurex infused patterns. I for one will be first to rock this starting with the poncho dress.
This was a really exciting New York Fashion Week. Eight straight days of some seriously inspirational and trend-driving fashion. I hope you've enjoyed all the trends, style tips and eye candy. Get started early, there's nothing wrong with being ahead of the trend!
Until next season.... happy styling everyone!
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