From Brad and Angelina to Patti Smith in India, designers at New York Fashion Week drew from a bevy of unique inspirations. Get the inside scoop on Rachel Zoe's '60s rock and roll collection, Michael Kors's brand of sporty American glam, Kate Spade's je ne sais quoi as styled by Brad Goreski, and more — just by pressing play!
We've spent the better part of the last week (OK, the whole part of the last week) absorbing the trends from the Fall 2012 runway shows at New York Fashion Week. Major American designers including Jason Wu, Joseph Altuzarra, and Zac Posen injected an exotic global vibe to Fall, while the runways at Rag & Bone and Marc Jacobs showed us two new perspectives on layering that happened to be completely different. We saw the rise of orange, the dominance of red leather, and the return of wide belts (better to create those hourglass figures, my dear). If you're looking for the top trends of New York Fashion Week, you've come to the right place. Click to see our complete roundup of New York Fashion Week's top trends.
>> Here's an up-close peek at some of the most gorgeous accessories to grace the Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week runways. From the kooky clutches at Kate Spade New York to the gold-capped oxfords at Derek Lam, there are so many goodies on tap for next season that it's going to be a very difficult six-month wait indeed. Until then, see them all here.
Left: Backstage at Gregory Parkinson Fall 2012
Emma Stone stopped by the Calvin Klein show at New York Fashion Week clad in an all-red ensemble — Calvin Klein shell top and full skirt with Brian Atwood pumps — that's too fabulous and fiery to overlook. Although this would have been the perfect Valentine's Day outfit, you can just as easily re-create it for your next fancy affair, especially since you can do it for just $30. Just pick up a red sleeveless crew-neck tank and high-waist circle skirt from American Apparel, and pair it with your favorite red pumps — they don't necessarily need to be ankle-strap peep-toes. If a circle skirt is too demure for you, you can also work this look with a pencil skirt (perfect for work) or cropped red trousers, and even red jeans! The options are many, but the key is to keep the look all red or else it'll veer off from its monochromatic path.
And that's a wrap for New York Fashion Week Fall 2012. We saw some amazing front-row and street ensembles, but now it's time to crown our best dressed. Drumroll please: it's Nylon style editor and star on modeling reality show Scouted Dani Stahl! Not only did she impress us by winterizing white, but her final outfit also took the cake in terms of originality. A pair of houndstooth trousers and gray turtleneck kept Dani super chic, while pops of baby blue and orange lent just the right amount of color. What we're majorly crushing on, though, is her cropped Dolce & Gabbana blazer — it totally feeds into a huge NYFW trend: baby blue. So the next time you're shopping for a blazer, consider adding baby blue into the mix. As you can see, it'll brighten up your ensemble in the most fashion-forward way. And if pairing it with houndstooth is too daring for you, the jacket will look just as fab against a pair of black skinny jeans or a brown leather miniskirt.
>> It's no secret: Sometimes the very best looks aren't on the runways at all. In honor of everyone's favorite seasonal side show, we've rounded up some of the chicest looks to be recently snapped on the streets of New York Fashion Week — as worn by some of the industry's most fashionable ladies and gents. Who's been spotted so far? Well, there's Glamour Susan Cernek, Lucky's Eleanor Strauss, Teen Vogue's Naomi Nevitt, Harper's Bazaar's Joanna Hillman, and Moda Operandi's Taylor Tomasi Hill; plus Susie Lau, Elletra Wiedemann, and Leandra Medine — just to name a few. Click through to see all those — plus lots more — here, in our best of New York Fashion Week street style slide show.
>> One can always depend on Ralph Lauren to close out the New York season with a refreshingly classic offering. This season's palette cleanser? A reinterpretation of one of Lauren's most signature references: the English countryside. The opening looks consisted of menswear-inspired suits in jaunty silhouettes and a mix of classic, cozy fabrics. Herringbone, tweed, plaid, and some very lovely fair isle intarsias were done in a rich assortment of pastels and earthy hues. A series of ocelot-printed shearling coats looked especially fresh.
Evening was another high point, with several gowns featuring beaded deco motifs or elaborate embellished collars. A series of floor-length columns in gold lamé were so breathtaking that they prompted one onlooker to comment: "I bet we'll be seeing these on the red carpet next week." Indeed.
>> Ralph Lauren's Fall 2012 collection was an ode to British fashion, loaded with menswear influences and plenty of vintage glamour. Watch the entire collection, right here.
>> Francisco Costa built volume — and a nice dose of structure — into his Fall 2012 collection for Calvin Klein. There was a strong showing of dresses, most of which came full-skirted, long-sleeved, and cinched at the waist. Silhouettes were covered-up and slightly '50s, but pressed mohair, "technical" wool, glazed cashmere, and pebbled leather provided plenty of texture and edge. The result was forward-thinking, ladylike — and powerfully sexy.
>> L'Wren Scott's "Tea Time" collection for Fall 2012 may have culled influence from early 20th century England — but the result was thoroughly now. Silhouettes were curve-conscious and hit just below the knee, while draped or ruffled necklines provided a hint of structure. Fabrics, too, were romantic, rich — and incredibly luxe. There was claret velvet, printed silk, and pony hair, many of which came lightly beaded or trimmed with fox fur. A saturated palette of olive, yellow, red, and berry injected just the right amount of quirk. "The L’Wren Scott girl is still irreverent and has a hard edge," the designer explained.