#NYFW Fall 2012: Best of Day 2

Kate Spade
Peter Som
Jason Wu
Rebecca Taylor
Cushnie et Ochs
Rebecca Minkoff
Charlotte Ronson
Helmut Lang
Jen Kao
St. John
Yigal Azrouël
Kate Spade Nonoo Peter Som Jason Wu NAHM Rebecca Taylor Cushnie et Ochs Rebecca Minkoff Charlotte Ronson Doo.Ri Helmut Lang Jen Kao St. John Yigal Azrouël
By Glam Editors February 10, 2012
Kate Spade kept things girly and flirty for Fall 2012. Bright color blocking and prints created a rainbow of ’60s style circle skirt dresses and fun separates to mix and match. Playful car-shaped bags added to the merriment while question marks appeared on some of the accessories in the collection, prompting any future passerby to ask, “Who’s that girl?”
Nonoo put separates at the forefront of her Fall 2012 collection. Tailored jackets in shades of red, deep purple, and black contrasted with the softer silhouettes of the dresses and skirts. The collars of most pieces were accentuated by warm furs with a dash of dazzling sequins for a bit of pizazz.
Peter Som pulled a veritable 180 with his Fall 2012 collection. Trading in whimsy for strength, bold lines prevailed as well as added sex appeal with sheer fabrics and removable frilled trim. Pops of peplum and sumptuous furs added a glamorous New Look feel to the collection.
ATTENTION! You don't have to follow military commands to be a commander-in-chief. Jason Wu's latest collection ascended from shades of grey, structured military jackets and navy double-breasted jackets with full-length fur sleeves, to oriental-inspired cocktail dresses and bright red pieces to demand your company's respect. Embroidery made plenty of appearances in evening wear, but his more casual looks, shining in their Asian-inspired glory, ruled the runway.
NAHM design duo Ally Hilfiger and Nary Manivong played up feminine and flirty florals, maxi shirt-dresses, delicate collars and colors bold enough to fight off the bleak of next year's fall and winter to come. A prevalent theme from the collection: mixing prints and textures. Take a bit of risk — wear matching prints from head to toe and keep the top sheer or layer lace over whimsical prints in carmine and chartreuse.
Welcome to the dark side, Rebecca Taylor. Our favorite fun and flirty femme took a turn away from the cool color palette of her last fall/winter collection — blues, violets, lavenders, magentas — and sent 40, colder than cold looks down this year's runway. While Taylor embraced the dark side, she weaved in elements of surprise with her use of prints and fabrics. She mixed plum leopard skirts in chiffon with tough girl, quilted leather jackets. Elsewhere, pretty peplum was paired with sheer pants and hardcore leggings covered up what frilly mini skirts couldn't.
Cushnie et Ochs knows what girls like. Their fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection was full of their signature form-fitting sheaths that compliment and accentuate the feminine form. Minimal bandage accents coyly wrapped decolletage, while stealth cutouts at the chest and waist slithered with sensuality.
Jewel tones, sequined harem trousers, chunky anoraks, and a collection full of wearable clothes that could fit into just about any lady's wardrobe: introducing, Rebecca Minkoff Fall/Winter 2012. From one compltetly different look to the next, Minkoff's work was sort of a casual, cohesive blend of trendy colors and shapes with timeless silhouettes that could very well be worn year round.
Charlotte Ronson's prints were some of the most refreshing we've seen all season. Horizontal-striped pants offset argyle-patterned sweaters, while a chartreuse spin on the ever-popular navajo print rang like something totally new. And Ronson wasn't afraid of color. She just about made use of the entire rainbow with her leather trimmed jackets, shorts-and-tights combos, and sheer skirts.
Sleek and refined are the perfect words to describe the Doo.Ri F/W 2012 collection. Reminiscent of last year's fall ready-to-wear collection, designer Doo.Ri Chung opened her set with her famously used neutral tones and quintessential draping. The best thing about her timeless pieces — they really will last you for years to come — is the effortless flow of her garments. They don't bulge here or scrunch there; they have character and mimic the movements of the woman wearing them
Helmut Lang is what the biker chic wear to work. Aside from awesome blazers and suits that leaned on the skinny and slim-fit side, Nicole and Michael Colovos featured a group of head-to-toe paint splattered looks in fall's top hue, red.
Brims were low, leather was a must, and oriental designs were the perfect prints at Jen Kao. The collection featured a lot of versatility with Kao's intricate details being the icing on the cake. Her use of ombre plaid under jacquard bustiers was typical Kao tough.
Nothing defines upper-crest power and an innate sense of power than St. John. The catch color here, red, was seen in the form outerwear and bold accessories, and even stood out in a bit of color blocking. What we really enjoyed was the show's beauty looks: burgundy lips, and tousled pin curls that reminded us of a sophisticate's hair following a secret Prohibition-era soirée.
Judging by Yigal Azrouël's newest collection, snakeskin, fur, and leather are a girl's best friend. The designer fused luxurious fabrics and textiles with designs that were sophisticated, but still fun. Forgiving silhouettes, like his three-tiered dress, boxy leather jackets, and velvet coats perfect for layering, were compelling in snakeskin prints and rich jewel tones like ruby and emerald green.
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