New York Fashion Week Influences and Styles

New York fashion week has flown by, a blur of colours, patterns and passion. Designers are influenced in different ways but common themes emerge and it’s great to see individual takes on the prevailing trends.

Many of the New York designers favoured a clean, minimalist look with structured pieces in solid colours. Electric blue, bold orange, bright yellow and lipstick red are seen across the collections as well as classic monochrome. Detailing was in the construction with pleats and folds, exposed zips, highlight edging and panelling. Collars and pockets are often the focus for the detail and over the last couple of seasons we have seen the collar being brought to the forefront of our fashion minds. Fall 2012 sees beading and gems continue to be strong for neckline detailing but block colour and contrasting texture is also key. Peter pan shapes and pointed collars are constructed from leather, fur or coloured in bold hues to stand out from the plain body of the garment.

Texture is key in woven and knitted styles too, Boucle and tweeds are not just contained to the fashion house of Chanel this season. Capes, jackets, dresses and even jumpsuits have been created from varying colours of this rough textured fabric. Yarns in knitwear are fluffy and angora-like and designers such as Whitney Eve and Lyn Devon play with flat and fluffy yarns to create patterns and stripes.

The rules of colour have been rewritten, it’s all about having fun and being playful with bold colour combinations. Dianne Von Furstenburg’s clash of golden yellow with hot pink and Tracy Reese’s mix of electric blue and bright turquoise are just what we need to take us through the dark depths of winter. Anna Sui and Betsy Johnson’s collections need to be viewed with dark sunglasses and will definitely banish the winter blues. Neon pinks and yellows mix with deep purples and teals to form a kaleidoscopic palette.

Bold florals are clearly the key print, with stripes, chevrons and Navajo styles still going strong. I love the child-like style of Anna Sui’s designs with the naive prints, vibrant colours and quirky characters on both clothing and accessories. Thom Browne showed his playful side with a fun take on the fox stole this season.

Structured felt hats, fur scarves, stoles and snoods and long length leather gloves are definite staples for our winter wardrobes and feature in many of the designer’s collections.

So much creativeness and fun has filled the NY catwalks and with London fashion week comes yet more striking creations. Burberry has been my favourite so far, what’s your favourite fashion moment of the AW12 fashion weeks?

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2 Responses to “New York Fashion Week Influences and Styles”
  1. I love the colors for next season!

  2. I LOVE Burberry too! Thanks for such an informative post. 🙂

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