Runway Report: the 10 Most Inspired Looks From the Fall 2012 Collections

1. Prabal Gurung
Prabal Gurung pumped up the volume for its fall-winter 2012 looks. There were striking capes, sheer panels, luscious lamé, 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.

2. Jason Wu
Jason Wu’s latest collection accented everything from shades of gray, 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.

3. Rebecca Taylor
Welcome to the dark side, Rebecca Taylor. Our favorite fun, 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. She mixed plum leopard skirts in chiffon with tough-girl quilted-leather jackets.

4. Ruffian
Ruffian stayed true to its Victorian-era appeal with its 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.

5. Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang is covering up next fall and winter. Lacquered leather, sheen finishes, and glazed trims jazzed up his utilitarian aesthetic and added a bit of glamour to his simple color scheme.

6. Custo Barcelona
For the Custo Barcelona fall-winter 2012 collection, female models with messy updos wore heart-patterned sweaters over fringed tube dresses and color-blasted houndstooth with grungy knee-high lace-up boots.

7. Tracy Reese
If there’s one thing to say about Tracy Reese, it’s that the lady loves color. Her fall-winter collection almost looked like a spring line: flouncy tangerine shirts worn atop skinny cropped paints in a similar hue, a fabulous chartreuse wrap coupled with a gray fur shawl, and preen print mixing with flowery bases worn under geometric black-and-white jackets.

8. Karen Walker
Karen Walker’s fall-winter 2012 collection is crisp, young, and witty, with allover prints, a coy tomboy style, boxy silhouettes, and the tiniest of tiny peplum touches we’ve seen all season.

9. J.Crew
The print-mixing trend of the season continued at J.Crew. The presentation included striped sweaters worn over pants with a cutesy bow print, layered horizontal stripes worn over plaid, feminine maxiskirts paired with masculine patterned blazers, and preppy cardigans accented by poppy neon clutches.

10. Michael Kors
Inspired by a rustic cabin in the woods, camping culture made its way into the Michael Kors fall 2012 collection. Leather, lace, wool, and cashmere added a luxe touch to the tartan print.