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New York Fashion Week

The runways of New York yet again shouted fashion with fresher collections and bolder interpretations for the Spring/Summer of 2012. Moving away from the well established subtle and sophisticated image that New Yorkhas already created for itself, the designers this time were a lot more daring and colourful, amazing everyone in the fashion fraternity, along with confirming almost all the trends that AO predicted to emerge for the upcoming season. As our fashion team further compiles what we saw in NY, first and foremost is the colour Orange surely being stamped as the colour ofNew York! A prominent reflection of sportswear inspired patterns and structures could be noticed as a major influence in almost all the catwalks, making functionality and utility in design of topmost priority in times to come.  Dresses and bottoms are essential commodities that designers suggest for the future and colour-blocking continues to mark its presence; along with many bright candy hues and metallic colours. These colours have also paved their way into the prints that are in abundance, like plant and foliage prints, pixilated and colourful prints, big and bold designs, and traditional ethnic prints. Being classics – stripes and checks also marked their presence in various fabrics, colours and sizes, emphasizing that they are still holding on to their well marked position. To sum it up,New York was all about eclectic styling with innovative and functional pieces mixed with a lot of sporty, fun, feminine and bold pieces…

‘Dress’ it all up!

TheNew York runways were bombarded with dresses in all shapes and styles. Ranging from body-conscious short dresses and tunics to gypsy style maxi dresses and elegant gowns, there was something to fit in everyone’s wardrobe and everyone’s style. Interesting surface textures, details and embellishments like ruching, sequins, frills, layering, cut-outs and prints all seemed to be the designers’ choice. Panelling in contrast colours gave the tunics a modern and sophisticated touch, while the bold-printed dresses pepped up the complete atmosphere.

Key Looks: Cutout panels, Drapes, Tunics, High-low hemlines.

Seen at: Badgely Mischka,Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuiller, Tommy Hilfiger, BCBG, Max Azria, Bibhu Mohapatra.



‘Tops’ in variety… 

Body-conscious and figure-hugging shapes have given way to loose tops in the form of T-shirts, blouses, cut-away tunics or even wraps and crop tops outlining a more relaxed summer for 2012. Great for holiday wear, these tops were observed as one of the most popularly emerging trends in 2012, complementing the growing trouser trend as well. Another variation of the loose top observed on the runways ofNew Yorkwas the caftan with varied prints, textures and surface embellishments. While some designers used printed tops as the focus of an ensemble, others merely used solid coloured in vibrant shades as layering and styling pieces.

Key Looks: Peasant blouses, Caftan, Loose cuts.

Seen at: Lacoste, Preen, Karen Walker, Jill Stuart, Julian Louie, Rag & Bone, Bcbg Max Azria, Guilietta.


A lot more to ‘Lowers’

Imparting the most casual and laidback attitude to the summer season, the lowers in trend are loose trousers, relaxed skirts and shorts. Although the trousers were more unisex, they were balanced out with feminine and sheer skirts. Soft chiffons and georgettes were an apt choice, while details like peplums, prints, slits and gathered seams were some of the innovations observed. Loose trousers, that resembled pajamas, were made interesting by the use of floral prints and bright colours. The shorts were knee-length with a straight cut, which made them perfect to be paired with formal jackets, ideal for an office environment.

Key Looks: Short suits, Loose pajamas, Peplum, Sheer/short skirts.

Seen at: Ralph Lauren, Bill Bass, Diesel, Carlos Miele, Jason Wu, Rodarte, Christian Siriano


Cover it up with ‘Outerwear’


Making women’s fashion more androgynous and the summer season a lot more layered, outerwear has trickled into the warm season with the increasing popularity of tuxedo jackets and blazers, along with the introduction of summer cardigans. A silhouette borrowed from the winter wardrobe, the summer cardigan surfaced in New York as an even stronger trend than before in a variety of fabrics and forms, making the simplest outfit feminine, while the blazers added severity to many summer dresses. Innovative fabrics, fastening and piping details and solid colours seemed to be highlighting the outerwear.

Key Looks: Blazers, Summer cardigans, Mesh knits.

Seen at: Calvin Klein,Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Elie Tahari, Rag and Bone, Oscar De La Renta, Rebecca Taylor, Tory Burch.


‘Colours’ in the palette


Among many bright shades and candy hues of the season,New Yorkfeatured oranges and whites at their best.Oranges found their way into solid colour outfits ranging from the palest peach to tangy tangerine, in florals, in the boldest of prints and as ombre shades throughout the fabric. The classic colour of white apart from all-white outfits, paved its way as the base of most prints and embroideries. Other colours like grey, black, beige, blue, pink, yellow, green and red also highlighted the runways.

Key Looks:Orange, White.

Seen at: Badgeley Mischka, Betsey Johnson, Carlos Miele, Cushnie Et Ochs, Alexandre Herchcovitch.



‘Flower’ – Power


There is nothing better than flowers to mark the beginning of spring, just like the floral prints on theNew Yorkrunways. Big flowers, ditsy florals, all-over kitsch prints, strategically placed flowers and flower petals adorned the flowy and feminine summer collections. Coloured in soft pastel shades of pink and peach as well as bold hues like blue, red and green; these prints have been the stars of the fashion week. The trend was further emphasized by the use of flowy and feminine silhouettes, made in softer fabrics.

Key Looks: Flower kitsch, Oversized flowers.

Seen at: Altuzarra, Adam, Anna Sui, Badgeley Mischka, Dkny, Jason Wu, Proenza Schoulder, Ralph Lauren, Zac Posen.



‘Tribal’ & Traditional


‘Going back to our roots’ seemed to be the motto of most of the designers inNew York. Tie&dye, batik, tribal hand painting, animal prints, ethnic patterns and colours were a huge trend, with shades of blue, green and orange highlighting the whole idea of being closer to the mother earth were interested in various patterns and designs. The structured silhouettes used by most designers provided a full canvas for the display of all traditional crafts. Additional embellishments like feathers, beads and sequins adorned the garments, imparting a rustic feel to the ensemble.

Key Looks: Tie&Dye, Batik, Dip Dye, Flora and Fauna inspired.

Seen at: A Detacher, Dkny, Donna Karan, Hemlut Lang, J Mendel, Lacoste, Lamb, Michael Kors, Oscar De La Renta, Thakoon.



Print out the ‘Child’ in you…

From a peppy colour blocking trend with bold shades of bright solids, to imparting a more childlike impression in the 2012 collection, “fun and frolic’ was the most refreshing trend at the fashion week. Going as bizarre as one could, prints featured complete plants, birds, human faces, blotches of colour and psychedelic interpretations of patterns.New Yorkdesigners made an even stronger statement with this trend time, as they combined sleek and simple silhouettes with such crazy bold prints attracting added attention.

Key Looks: Blotches of colour, Graffiti’s, Product prints, Contrasting panels

Seen at: Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Betsy Johnson, Diane Von Furstenburg, Marc Jacobs, Monique Lhuiller, Prabal Gurung, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang.


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