New York Fashion Week – The Key Trends

With New York Fashion Week coming to a close, the trends that hope to inspire us in Spring 2012 have started to make themselves known. Fashion blogging Royalty are falling over themselves to get back to their laptops from their front row seats to divulge the details with the rest of us mere mortals before London Fashion Week kicks in on Friday. Luckily my front row schedule is a little less hectic than Susie Bubble’s so i’ve had time to select a few trends from my favourite shows so far.


Key Trends – Western, Embroidery, Paisley, Brights.

Following the success of his A/W ’11 show, Thakoon didn’t hold back with this cross cultural exchange of a collection – Bollywood meets Western! The colours were bright; Saffron, Gold, Oranges and Yellows, dusky Reds and bright sky Blue. Western style shirts were broken up with black and orange paisley patterned embroidery, printed onto brightly coloured silk shirts.


Key Trends – Sherbert Palette, Embroidery, Digital Print, Trouser suits, Monochrome.

I love Preen, always have. They have this incredible way of deconstructing clothing and piecing it back together giving it an almost collage like effect. However this season, this wasn’t the case, with solid and feminine shapes reigning supreme in the form of the trouser suit. The ruffled waists, body-con shapes and sheer blouses gave the air of unquestionable feminity, further reinforced under a sherbert coloured palette of buttercup yellows, pale pinks and sky blues. Delicious!

Carolina Herrera

Key Trends – Geometric, Sheer, Neon, Sherbert Palette, Minimalist tailoring, Animal illustration print.

The front row for Carolina Herrera certainly was a colourful one, with Nicki Minaj sat next to American Vogue Editor Anna Wintour in pride of place. With a palette of quintessentially spring colours – Yellows, Greens and Parma Violets, all gave an organic feel to the first silhouettes that came down the runway. What followed gave an interesting contrast to this, geometric black and white dresses with art deco motifs. Of course there were a healthy yscattering of Gala gowns, all reflecting that fundemental elegance that has become Herrera’s trademark. Keep a look out for Animal illustration prints for next season, they’re going to be big. So hang up your Prada Bannana’s and look to the Sparrows shown here at Carolina Herrera and even Cats were a feature at Victoria by Victoria Beckham.

Alexander Wang

Key Trends – Neons, Mesh, Body-con, Athletic, Urban.

Alexander Wang mixed up the silouette of his collection, mixing body-con mini dresses with oversized bombers. The theme was clear; urban, youthful and atheltic, the latter being one the main trends featured this past week in New York. The footwear of choice, white stilletto heels, i predict a copy cat riot! Flashes of neon were glimpsed underneath mesh jackets, maintaing that brights were here to stay for yet another season. Horaay!

Donna Karen

Key Trends – Tribal, Body-con, Urban.

Body-con is back (or it will be soon)! I’m giving you all a fair warning! We all know the trials and tribulations associated with such an unforgiving trend, it’s only September so theres plenty of time for the gym next year.

The Bodycon shapes in tribal prints were set off nicely with oversized wooden necklaces and bangles. There’s something undeniably glamazon about this collection, garments that take their shape entirely from the female form can’t be anything else but inspiring.

(Pictures: Getty images)


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