For Fall 2012, designers looked all over the globe for inspiration, offering up collections that speak directly to our inner sartorial wanderlust. From Jason Wu's updated Chinese dress silhouettes to Rag & Bone's blanket striped jackets to Altuzarra's Moroccan-inspired silk jodhpurs and dangling coin dresses, the Fall 2012 runways had us ready for a world tour. To see the full trend report, watch our video now! On Allison: H&M
Gorgeous clothes are only part of the excitement of New York Fashion Week — there are also the creative, cool beauty styles. This year, trends from New York ranged from easy braids at Rachel Zoe to flowing, straight hair at Theyskens' Theory, to giant bouffants at Carolina Herrera. Here are some of the shows that pulled off the trends that everyone will be watching this Fall.
Zac Posen's body-conscious Fall 2012 collection drew inspiration from the Far East. Complete with trumpet skirts, mermaid gowns, floral prints, and Asian-inspired accents, Zac made sure his designs had women feeling — and looking — like sirens in their own skin. Check out his entire runway show here, featuring Coco Rocha.
Zac Posen drew influence from the Far East for Fall '12, showing off gorgeous dresses and gowns punctuated with Asian-inspired details. Specifically, it was about Chinoiserie and Japanese influences; fitted sheaths, gowns, and skirt suits were embellished with origami pleating, kimono sleeves, and obi sashes. Meanwhile, Chinese-inspired heavy silk floral patterns were used to create fitted sheath dresses and evening jackets. The main attraction of the evening was Zac's red carpet-worthy evening dresses. There were dramatic fitted mermaid gowns with seamed details and more pared down renditions, made in dove gray and light blush hues featuring intricate origami detailing on the back. The only question that remains is which red-carpet beauty will pick up one of Posen's creations for the Oscars?
- Trends: Chinese and Japanese-inspired details.
- Colors: Forest green, dove gray, red, black, light blush, pale yellow.
- Key Piece: Satin ankle-strap sandals, jeweled clutches, rhinestone earrings, necklaces, and bracelets..
- Who Would Wear It: Red-carpet beauties like Debra Messing, Anne Hathaway, and Eva Mendes.
>> With the Far East in mind — and a front row that included Dita Von Teese, Brad Goreski, and Anna Wintour — Zac Posen delivered a breathtaking assortment of dresses, gowns, and eveningwear for Fall 2012. Posen's signature silhouettes were cut in decadent fabrics — silks, satins, and jacquards — and came in a rich palette ranging from deep jewel tones to buttery pastels. Origami folds, chinoiserie embroidery, and kimono draping added intrigue.
>> Posen's signature seaming and femme-fatale detailing get a hit of classic Americana for Fall 2012. The result? Separates, gowns, and dresses that are not only gorgeous, but also totally wearable. The designer has been spending a lot of time developing Z Spoke into a cohesive wardrobe — speaking with customers at the Z Spoke store, expanding the selection of outerwear — and it shows. Now there are boxy cropped jackets, pleated two-tiered frocks, and easy-wearing coats sitting effortlessly amongst the body-con dresses, nipped-in blazers, and ankle-grazing gowns. See the lookbook, modeled by Madisyn Ritland and Crystal Renn — plus, a peek at the accessories — here.
The 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards went down at LA's Shrine Auditorium last night — be sure to catch who wore what on FabSugar. While it's fun to see what celebs wore to the red-carpet affair, their over-the-top gowns aren't always the most translatable to our everyday life. That's why we've taken the top looks from the SAGs and created inspired ensembles that you can wear everywhere from a birthday soiree to dinner or a hot nightclub. Click through to find out which dazzling looks made the cut and to shop our glitzy, glamorous recommendations.
>> The collaborations just keep coming: Zac Posen and Nanette Lepore are the latest designers to announce mass market deals. In April, Posen's capsule collection of 12 dresses — ranging in price from $149 to $199 — will hit 30 Lord & Taylor stores. And in early 2013, Lepore will launch a line for juniors with "sophisticated tastes" at over 600 J.C. Penney locations. Entitled L'amour, Lepore's line will feature dresses, prom looks, silk-screened t-shirts, sportswear, and denim. "This will not be a capsule collection," J.C. Penney president Michael Francis told WWD. "This is a meaningful, multi-year relationship." Francis also noted that this isn't the only collaboration the retailer has in the works, adding, "This is the first of our new designer partnerships. We will bring in the right designers."
At left: Lepore with daughter Violet at the Nanette Lepore Spring 2012 show. Getty