#NYFW Fall 2012: Best of Day 4

Catherine Malandrino
Derek Lam
Lela Rose
Patrik Ervell
Tracy Reese
Custo Barcelona
Diane Von Furstenberg
Zac Posen
Tommy Hilfiger
Timo Weiland
Catherine Malandrino Derek Lam Lela Rose DKNY Patrik Ervell Tracy Reese Custo Barcelona Diane Von Furstenberg Zac Posen Tommy Hilfiger Timo Weiland
By Glam Editors February 12, 2012
Catherine Malandrino looked to the 1940s film “Cat People” for inspiration and drew out feline fierceness for Fall 2012. Embracing female sexuality, snakeskin, mesh and rubber-like textiles took center stage. Structured silhouettes, geometric patterns, sheer panels, and a bold color palette packed a powerful punch.
1960s mod and menswear blended together to create Derek Lam’s Fall 2012 collection. Clean lines with wide-leg trousers and shirts came in neutrals while shifts and suits played with prints and textiles. Sleeveless cable-knit sweaters and flowing skirts brought out a softer side to the collection.
Lela Rose brought a sweet sensibility to the runway for Fall 2012. Shifts and separates glowed in a series of bright geometric prints in copper, wine, ash, and mustard. Checkered tweeds, boxy mesh overlays, clusters of sequins, florals, and silver stripes added party-worthy pizazz to the collection.
Donna Karan took a cue from Jay-Z and led us into a world of "all black everything" for her Fall DKNY collection, with more casual looks than her namesake line. Matrix-like models with polished ponytails and fresh faces in fur, leather, cocktail dresses, sheer panels, opaque tights in the dark hue, with the occasional bursts of bright colors, made her collection a must for every city girl.
Attention gents: you don't have to be versed in high-end couture or extravagant styles to be a fashionable fop. Patrik Ervell did a great job of producing a streamlined Fall/Winter collection that any man can wear with a relaxed style. Letterman jackets, trench coats, bomber jackets, and two-pieced suits in neutral shades will make you a stylish man who doesn't have to try too hard, or follow crazy trends, to be part of the style scene.
If there's one thing to say about Tracy Reese, it's that the lady loves color. Her latest creations are for the woman who isn't afraid to boast bright tones from head to toe to combat the drab shades of cold weather. Her Fall/Winter collection almost looked like a Spring line: flouncy tangerine shirts worn atop skinny cropped pants in a similar hiue, a fabulous chartreuse wrap coat coupled with a gray fur shawl, and preen print mixing with flowery bases worn under geometric black and white jackets. Plus, her chic spin on the classic fitted baseball hat has us craving a bad hair day.
Custo Barcelona always delivers a smorgasbord of style: a pattern, color, and texture buffet that leaves our (fashion) tastebuds in overdrive. For its Fall/Winter collection 2012, female models with messy updos wore heart-patterned sweaters over fringed tube dresses, and color-blasted houndstooth with grungy knee-high lace up boots. Male models wore slim-fitting suits that looked as though they'd been subjected to a spray paint party. The mingling of crazy prints and unexpected texture pairings lent to a lucky thrift store find with high fashion attitude.
DVF delivered yet another preen, prim, and perfectly styled collection with her Fall 2012 collection. There were luxe dresses and jumpsuits that provided elegance with ease. Her modest hemlines were still sexy by pairing chic silhouettes with seductive colors and fabrics that could easily take your look from day to night without the fuss. As the show progressed, Furstenberg gave plenty of color combos, like boysenberry and cerulean, primary red and cyan, and hot pink with mustard yellow. Yes, color blocking is still super chic.
Zac Posen took his Fall/Winter collection east… Far East. From his model's tight buns with spikes, cat eyes with sharp brows, and Oriental red lips to his structured skirt suits and over-the-top gowns, Asian influences rang throughout. He alternated between voluminous silhouettes in one single color, to boxy and angled pieces with jacquard prints. Again, he dominated the runway with an evening wear go-to for the standout glamor girl.
Nothing screams all-American style like Tommy Hilfiger. This go round, he gave us equestrian chic and exclusivity with classic pieces: knee-length coats with popped collars, high-waist skirts with even higher slits, and a muted color scheme that included subtler shades of burgundy, olive, citrine, burnt orange, and khaki. The paramour of prep also incorporated a few chain link prints into a series of silky dresses, and all-over plaid for the statement-making power suit. Who's ready for a weekend in The Hamptons?
If you want edge and ease, punk and presentable, mellow and melodic looks that you and your favorite guy can don, look no further than Timo Weiland. With alternating womenswear and menswear looks parading down the design duo's Fall/Winter runway, the collection featured a mix of romance and rebel with plastered florals, grungy plaid, oversized sweaters, and bits of fur.
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