#NYFW Fall 2012: Best of Day 3

Lacoste
Prabal Gurung
Ruffian
Alexander Wang
Calla
Christian Siriano
Erin by Erin Fetherston
Hervé Léger
Jill Stuart
L.A.M.B.
Monique Lhuillier
Rachel Zoe
Rafael Cannamo
Tibi
Lacoste Prabal Gurung Ruffian Alexander Wang Calla Christian Siriano Erin by Erin Fetherston Hervé Léger Jill Stuart L.A.M.B. Monique Lhuillier Rachel Zoe Rafael Cannamo Tibi
By Glam Editors February 11, 2012
In need of some high-end sportswear? Turn to Lacoste. The green crocodile emblazoned line showed mens and womenswear collections for fall/winter 2012 on day three of fashion week. With neutral base colors suitable for high-low mixing and matching, Lacoste epitomized cool and casual looks. Enter comfy sweatshirts, race car driver-inspired jumpsuits, and cool knits for folks on the go.
Prabal Gurung pumped up the volume for its fall/winter 2012 looks. There were striking capes, sheer panels, luscious lame, plush fur coats, and traces of peplum, with dark colors and heavy fabrics for the woman who likes to bring the drama — at least when it comes to her style. Add an electric blue eyeshadow that's visible from a mile away, and you've got a modern-day coquette whose wardrobe packs a mighty punch.
Ruffian stayed true to its Victorian-era appeal with it's fall/winter runway show. Its 32 looks showcased a touch of masculinity with plaid double-breasted coats, skirt suits, and A-line dresses, then hinted at old Hollywood style with models primed with cropped curls and fedoras. As the show continued, Ruffian added beams of head-to-toe color: royal blue cocktail dresses with low cut backs, magenta skirt suits with cropped jackets, and a show-stopping red coat that hit mid calf.
Alexander Wang is covering up next fall and winter. With turtlenecks rolled up to cover his model's mouths and bold jackets with intricate panels and fixtures, Wang's message was clear. But if there were one fashion hashtag to encompass his latest designs, it'd be glossy. Lacquered leather, sheen finishes, and glazed trims jazzed up his utilitarian aesthetic and added a bit of glamor to his simple color scheme.
In case you didn't know, Call means color. Well, it's really a type of flowering plant, but in fashion, we can look forward to the brightest of bright hues to balance out autumn's falling temperatures and winter's cold-weather woes. Calla's latest ready-to-wear collection featured punchy pigments from start to finish, whether it be with fuchsia and turquoise tights, or monochromatic outfits that were anything but drab.
The lip at Christian Siriano spoke volumes. The aubergine hue that was swept across his models lips was the perfect beauty statement to match his refreshingly sleek and subdued designs. He dressed down flowing print dresses with hardcore zipper-front jackets, and added subtle punk to slim-fitting pant suits with a black-on-black snake print. In true Siriano fashion, though, the young designer gave us gorgeous gowns, including one with a fitted black leather bodice and fluid satiny skirt.
We dream of Erin by Erin Fetherston. Her latest collection brought forth images of an ethereal enchantress running through a wide open field. She has an aesthetic that makes it okay to dress up and can soften up the hardest fashionista's stern style. She's also a fan of sequins, the perfect little ounce of glitz and glam that can turn any outfit from bland to beautiful without trying too hard.
Max Azria, as expected, shows that the ultimate bandage dress can work through all seasons with his fall/winter Hervé Léger line. He fuses strapping materials like leather and fur with the sexy body conscious silhouettes to keep sexy at the forefront of the collection. Azria played up the cinched waists with leather corsets and played heavily with geometric shapes, feisty fringe, and gladiator-esque chest harnesses with cutouts in all the right places.
Jacquard us up and embroider us down, Jill. Stuart's fall/winter looks dabbled in the dark hues of next season but still left enough ladylike imprints to keep true to her design style. Lace panels and peplum waists are in and yes, it's ok for women to wear bows, especially when they top off a killer set of colorful platform sandals.
No matter how large her fashion empire has grown, Gwen Stefani is still a rocker chick at heart, and she didn't lose that sensibility with her F/W 2012 looks. Cat-eye glasses and chartreuse accessories were the perfect addition to her houndstooth packed collection. She played up plaid bottoms with pompadours and her "PUNK" sweaters let us know that she's just a girl who likes to have fun on and off the runway.
Bridal star Monique Lhuillier is on fire. Her 48 fall/winter looks were anything but sweet with a red and black palette, and leather waist bands for a perfectly cinched waist. She topped off her sultry looks with sleek hair, pulled back and left to cascade into soft waves and the ultimate vixen accessory: a bright red lip.
Rachel Zoe loves a good pant that creates legs that go on for days. The stylist-turned-designer included plenty of velvet bellbottomed trousers, high-power jumpsuits flowing pants with floral prints, wide denim capris and contemporary knickers. And in true Zoe style, we were given a slew of bohemian looks mixed with the luxury of fur in a nod to 1960s and '70s style.
Rafael Cennamo introduced his romantic and regal evening gown and cocktail collection with quite the beauty look. Models with whited-out roots and eyebrows donned full skirts, dresses with beaded waists, and full on glam looks. This isn't where you'd look for an everyday getup but perfect if you want to turn heads as your city's stylish sophisticate.
Androgyny was the crux of Tibi's fall and winter looks. Menswear as womenswear dominated its runway with pleated pants, double-breasted blazers, and a little bit of plaid leading the way. The designs were very clean with a few surprises along the way: oversized sweaters reminiscent of the 1980s slouch craze, a bird-in-flight print that effectively balanced cute with chic, and a lesson in geometry where squares, x's and o's were head of the class.
Winter was in full force today, and if the cold and slush kept you away from Lincoln Center -- fear not! We've got the highlights from all the shows.
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