The second of a two-part series. Lauren David Peden recaps the top trends for Fall 2012, as seen at New York Fashion Week.
CALF-LENGTH SKIRTS/FLIPPY MINIS
While the knee-length pencil skirt is still popular, the new skirt comes in two distinct lengths: either flippy, mid-thigh minis (as seen at DKNY, Chado Ralph Rucci, Jill Stuart, Proenza Schouler, and Nanette Lepore) or the more demure calf-length full skirts seen at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Tory Burch, Band of Outsiders, Stephen Burrows, Carolina Herrera, Theyskens’ Theory, Reed Krakoff, Christine Alcalay, and J.Crew.
Deep burgundy is fall’s new hue, and was spotted on the runway at DKNY, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Yigal Azrouel, Rebecca Taylor, Tory Burch, Nanette Lepore, Donna Karan, Proenza Schouler, and Cynthia Rowley.
Fur is everywhere next season, in pieces both large (as in full-length coats) or small (hats, scarves), from designers both emerging and established. Fashion Week newbie Brandon Sun did some beautiful raccoon, SAGA fox, chinchilla, shearling, and sable boleros, scarves, and collars. Chado Ralph Rucci lined a raincoat in coyote and offered a chinchilla-sleeved velvet coat and sheared mink tunic. Elizabeth and James designed knitted fox vests and fur-trimmed anoraks. Michael Kors did tail-trimmed fur vests and ponchos. Rachel Zoe and Skaist-Taylor were all about 70s-style fur stoles. Norma Kamali, M.PATMOS, and Juan Carlos Obando did some terrific-looking faux furs. And Yigal Azrouel and Marc Jacobs offered seriously OTT fur hats.
Speaking of hats, they are one of fall’s biggest trends, whether it’s the aforementioned ginormous toppers at Marc Jacobs and Yigal Azrouel, the flirty fedoras at Donna Karan, the borrowed-from-the-boys bowlers at Ralph Lauren, pom-pom headgear at Gemma Kahng, turbans at Norma Kamali, floppy brim hats at Nicole Miller or slouchy knit beanies at M.PATMOS. Samantha Pleet outfitted her models in gold halos, Thom Browne shrouded his in face-obscuring black veils, the girls at Chris Benz were wigged out (literally), and Tracy Reese, THEIA, threeASFOUR, Carlos Miele, and Ruffian are just a few of the other designers who also let fashion go to their heads this season.
And, finally, metallics make a return for day (see the gold leather T-shirt at Kaelen, bronze suit at Rag & Bone, silver blazer at Theysken’s Theory and silver silk skirt at Tess Giberson) and evening, with gold ball gowns at Marchesa, gold lace gowns at Naeem Khan, beaded or embroidered gold cocktail frocks at Prabal Gurung, Chris Benz, Badgley Mischka, and Reem Acra, and a glittering gold cardigan and slinky lamé goddess gown at Ralph Lauren.
Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.