Michael Kors- Fall 2012

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Plaid, fur and sequins–oh my! This season, Michael Kors plays up patterns and textures with oversized plaid ponchos, fur coats, cuffs and collars, and floor-length sequin dresses. What does he seem to be telling us? Drama is in. MK’s go-to colors for this collection are red and black. The combination of these sultry colors make even a turtleneck look sexy. MK’s plaids and furs are reminiscent of old Scotland. His silhouettes are conservative and textures are thick and durable. He puts sweaters on top of dresses. Many of the models sport thick, chunky socks with heels. Yet, there are no high heels in this collection–MK’s shoes have mid-sized heels and Mary Jane-like straps around the front. There are even a few clogs and military boots in the mix. This collection is all about durability with a hint of sassiness. I definitely think these trends will trickle down into mainstream retail. Who doesn’t love a warm chunky sweater? Thanks, MK.

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Jenny Packham -New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

Jenny Packham, Kate Middleton’s go-to designer, surprised viewers this season with a bold, edgy collection inspired by 40’s film stars. Far from her usual collections of ethereal, ladylike bridal wear and dresses, the designer featured stunning ensembles with sharp shoulders and lots of embellishments.

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The show opened with a cloud of smoke as models strutted down the runway, sporting coiffed hairstyles and blood-red lips. Packham said her inspiration for the collection was the time of film noir, a period known for “dark mood lighting and even darker morals.” Her looks suggested just that.

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The collection, perfect for the modern, burlesque-loving girl, featured daring looks such as a black silk jumpsuit and a dramatic gown in an all-over black and white floral.  The dresses were all about the shoulders.  They were either capped-sleeved, one-shouldered, or dripping in studs and beading.  The looks were prim, yet tough, with a dramatic black and white palette with pops of red and sky blue.

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The noteworthy looks were a sequence of gorgeous, Oscar-worthy gowns with plunging necklines and dazzling embellishments. Packham revisited her talent for making beautiful gowns, however, this time with more drama and sex appeal.

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Although this vampy look may not be appropriate for the college student, we can take some styling tips from Jenny Packham. Add a touch of Old Hollywood glamor to your everyday life by working heavy embellishments and retro silhouettes into your wardrobe.

Derek Lam – New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

Casual, wearable cool was the reoccurring theme at the Derek Lam Fall Ready-to-Wear show. A new take on 60’s mod, the collection features winter white separates, plush leathers, muted florals, and chunky knits.

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Models strutted down the runway with mod eye makeup and teased updos, sporting ladylike, yet minimalist silhouettes. The collection was not over the top, but extremely accessible. Lam managed to take edgy black leather and turn it into a soft, feminine and almost work appropriate pencil skirt. He paired the ensembles with gold metallic oxfords and floral printed box bags to liven up the wintery looks.

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Lam’s strength was his ability to put a spin on casual basics, for a look that the everyday woman could easily wear. He dazzled viewers with a drool-worthy pair of red leather, straight-legged pants and surprised us with floral pants for fall. Lam anchored the collection with a series of perfectly classic coats. The show closed on a high note with a set of ethereal gowns worn under chunky sweaters.

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Although these looks may not be realistic for the college student, we can take away some tips. Wear a pair of metallic oxfords with your skinny jeans for a casual, yet unexpected look for class. When going out with friends, unleash your inner rock star and wear a leather dress. And, of course, don’t be afraid to rock florals in the fall. This collection is all about contrasting textures; so don’t hesitate to pair your most lightweight top with a leather jacket or a thick sweater.