>> Lacquered leopard print, fuzzy cable-knit, and a heavy dose of iridescent purple. This is not a list from which fashion dreams are usually made. Throw in some black-and-white pinstripes, velvet moire print, and a dash of super-slick leather, and, well, the potential for chicness is not looking good. Unless, however, you're Christopher Kane. Kane tapped all those elements — plus a few more surprises — for Fall 2012 and whipped them into a Goth-tinged frenzy that managed to look modern, refined, and decidedly cool.
>> This season, Erdem Moralioglu sends his pretty-pretty aesthetic to the dark side. But don't worry, all the Erdem signatures — delicate lace, demure hemlines, dreamy florals — are still in place. It's just that for Fall 2012, they've been mixed with a little edge: latex-coated tweeds, Pollock-style splatter prints, and angular leather. "I wanted it to feel very strong," Moralioglu explains. "This season is very much about the woman, whereas last season it was much more about the girl."
>> Christopher Bailey's Burberry girl goes on a little jaunt to the English countryside for Fall 2012. While the collection may have been heavy on classic menswear fabrics — herringbone, tweeds — and utilitarian detailing, this collection was 100 percent femme. Skirts were adorned with ruffles or bows, waists were nipped in, and a peplum or flare accentuated nearly every hip. "I like taking familiar elements — the field jacket, the quilted jacket, the trench — and respecting them but making them modern," Bailey explained of his Downton Abbey-meets-downtown mix.
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>> Mark Fast offered up a romantic take on grunge for Fall 2012, imbibing his signature knits with elements plucked straight from the '90s: halters, cutouts, midi skirts, and crop tops. Cashmere and mohair — in a dreamy palette of pink, blush, beige, and cream — kept the collection looking luxe, while playful elements like pom-pom fringe and wide-gauge mesh kept everything feeling fresh.
>> Antonio Berardi — in a divergence from his signature body-con ways — went full and sculptural for Fall 2012, offering up origami frocks, sharp-shouldered jackets, and angular-tiered skirts. Among the collection's standouts? A handful of floral-embellished, peplum sheaths and some very smart-looking full-flared skirt suits. Equally striking was the color palette: tomato, blush, gray, gold, and teal.
New York Fashion Week wrapped last week, and now it's on to London Fashion Week. And though it's only been a few days, Olivia Palermo is already standing out as the prominent style star at the shows. From bold floral trousers to animal-print pieces to statement bags to hot colors, Olivia is making the British front rows way more fab. Step inside to score Olivia's LFW look, including a few exact pieces!
>> For Fall 2012, Peter Pilotto revisited the scuba silhouettes and futuristic prints of last season, this time giving them a cold-weather kick with the addition of sculptural parkas and technicolor fur. Slim-lined pants in intricate digi-prints looked ultra-appealing, as did a few Rooney Mara-esque cutout dresses and the Nicholas Kirkwood-designed pointy-toed shoes.
>> Michael van der Ham's lush collage aesthetic gets a dash of girlie '30s for Fall 2012 — and what a happy mashup it is. Textural fabrics — crushed organza, patterned jacquard, and metallic wools — make the perfect canvas for painterly florals and abstract prints, while a touch of fluid draping keeps silhouettes from feeling prim.
Burberry's Fall 2012 show at London Fashion Week brought out a handful of famous faces, but Kate Bosworth was the one who stood out to us. That's because her ensemble is part playful — thanks to the owl sweater and big bow belt — and part chic via a tweed pencil skirt and black patent clutch. But her suede lace-up booties keep the look from going into stuffy territory. Overall, it's a combo that can work in many situations: work, a luncheon, dinner at a fancy restaurant, etc. It also inspires us to not overlook tops with cheeky animals on them; while at first they can seem silly, Kate proves that they can indeed be fashionable when paired with the right accoutrements. If you adore the actress's LFW outfit as much as we do, shop similar pieces below. Or if an owl sweater isn't your thing, this outfit will work just as well with a solid sweater.
>> One can't go wrong with school girl classics like pleated tartan skirts, button-up blouses, and plaid blazers — especially when there's a bit of African print thrown into the mix. Who else but Vivienne Westwood could make it work together so joyfully? However, this season's wild mixing felt slightly more subdued than usual, with sparkling space-dyed cardis and slogan tees tempered by sharply tailored suits and curve-hugging sheaths.