#NYFW Fall 2012: Best of Day 6

Badgley Mischka
J. Crew
Tory Burch
Diesel Black Gold
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Oscar de la Renta
Narciso Rodriguez
Badgley Mischka J. Crew Tory Burch Diesel Black Gold Marc by Marc Jacobs Oscar de la Renta Narciso Rodriguez
By Glam Editors February 14, 2012
Give us fantasy. Give us fanciful. Give us Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter 2012. The duo's runway started off in full-on alluring gown with a gorgeous beaded gown with embellished shoulders. Luxe looks reigned as the collection contained plenty of metallics, glosses, and laminates to elevate the wow-factor of the dressy designs. The color palette remained subtle — ash grays, bronzes, blues and, of course, black — but the exciting blend of elegant textures and ornate details lent to romantic wardrobe standouts. Lesson learned: tone down the crazy colors because beading, sequins, feathers and fur are sometimes all you need.
The print mixing trend of the season continued at J. Crew. The lifestyle brand known for giving its customers high style at reasonable price points fused splendor and simplicity for its second Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week showing. The presentation included striped sweaters worn over pants with a cutesy bow print, layered horizontal stripes worn over plaid, feminine maxi skirts paired with masculine patterned blazers, and preppy cardigans accented by poppy neon clutches. On the men's side, cuffed pants and slim fits were popular, with colors and patterns that were more subdued than those of their female counterparts.
Tory Burch's Fall/Winter 2012 runway screamed Charlotte from "Sex and the City." She was everyone's favorite conservative, who managed to stay ahead of the fashion curve with sartorial sets that mixed Madison Avenue and Meatpacking. Burch didn't shy away from mixing prints, tweed, or plaid, and produced 42 looks that are modern and mature simultaneously. Camel and black knee-length dresses transformed into metallic coats, boldly embellished cropped tops, and laminated skirt suits. Bottom line: Park Ave. knows how to party.
Diesel Black Gold likes girls who like boys — well, girls who like to dress like boys. Their Fall 2012 collection brought pop art and cheetah prints while playing around with silhouettes that could really gender bend. Girls wore loose shorts that hit right above the knees, and boys wore cropped, satin pants that most women would love to rock for a night on the town. For those tired of cinched waists and thin belts, skirts and dresses sat lower and the thick, chunky belts of seasons past are back.
While his namesake Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 collection was a visual whirlwind of high-impact layering and oversized mink hats, Jacobs' contemporary line gave us everyday wear with a "Mad Men" twist. Beguiling blues and rousing reds popped out among the sea of asphalt, black, and taupe. Modest hemlines and boxy onesies for women complemented his few menswear looks, including a refreshing two-piece relaxed leg suit, ever the opposite of the popular skinny suit trend.
Being Park Avenue preen doesn't mean you have to toss out all things young and fun. Oscar de la Renta hiked up the hemlines and piled on the prints with his latest collection, making classic silhouettes contemporary and chic. With color, he played with pretty pinks and baby blues, staying away from blindingly bright colors that sometimes punctuate the blacks and greys of winter collections. Of course, there were more dramatic notes: reds, furs, tweeds, 80s prom ruching, and fairy tale frocks that swept us away.
From hair to hemline, face to footwear, Narciso Rodriguez's Fall 2012 collection was sharp and smart. He used strong tones to liven up asymmetrical silky drapes and power up peplum coats. His sleek designs also crowned the week's primary hues for fall and winter: chartreuse, burnt orange, burgundy, and olive. But what we really, really fell in love with at Rodriguez's show was the hair: a barely raised pompadour, sides slicked tight and flowing tresses in the back.
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