Hot on the heels of Fashion Week, the television stars were decked out for their red carpet walk at the Emmy Awards. The en vogue colors seemed to be scarlet, blue, champagne and pink.
Pulse gave the nod of best dressed to Kate Winslet, who wore a V-neck, cap-sleeve, scarlet-colored gown by Elie Saab. Other top picks wearing scarlet included Lea Michelle wearing a Marchesa red silk crepe with roseletts on the sleeve, and a “drop-dead” cowlneck back. Sofia Vergara wore Vera Wang, and Kerry Washington was stunning in a strapless gown with an embroidered tulle skirt with sparkling red pearls by Zuair Murad.
Katie Holms and Diana Argon wore blue, Cobie Smulders wore aqua by Alberta Fettetti, and Clare Dames had worn a black-blue combination by Oscar de la Renta.
Fashion Week, on the other hand, was not so much about color; it was about influence. The world’s leading designers came to show their spring catalogs.
As noted in an earlier article, the 1970s is heavily influencing the new designs. Frilly and flowing fabrics were also being shown in flirty colors --- hooray! While no color seemed to dominate, brights and prints were all the rage.
Ralph Lauren presented looks with a touch of the ‘20s, while Bill Blass showed hot yellow.
LINCOLN CENTER — As New York Fashion Week wraps, it's time to look at the runway's hottest trends for Spring 2012.
So, if you were wondering what's hot and what's coming, the news is: neon colors, retro hot shorts, sheer clothing, sequins and bright orange anything.
"The designers are really pushing the limits this season," said fashion expert and stylist Dawn Del Russo, a fashion commentator who has been a regular at Fashion Week for the past seven years. Below are Del Russo's picks for the top 10 trend must-haves for spring 2012.
NEON: Neon yellows, oranges and greens are hard to miss. "I would say 70 to 80 percent of the runway shows incorporated neon into their shows," said Del Russo. The neons could be seen at the shows of Cushnie et Ochs and Peter Som as well as Christian Siarano, Nanette Lepore and Betsey Johnson."It is getting everyone to think outside of the box and incorporate it into [their] wardrobe," Del Russo added.
PASTEL PANTS: Designers Tibi and Luca Luca displayed this style in their shows, with pastel coral and green colors. “So many shows did them. They showed these light colored pastels in the blue and pink. It is a color we are seeing over and over again," Del Russo commented. “It was so wearable, which is unusual for runways."
PUTTY TONES WITH SEQUINS
Rebecca Taylor, BCBG MAX AZRIA and Luca Luca were all pushing sequins and putty colors, and Del Russo says it's a fashion that's not limited to spring. “You can wear it anytime of the year. It is going to be a color that is going to transition right into fall . It is a very season-less type of color," Del Russo said. "It is a little bit more muted for the girls that like to sparkle a little bit.”
MAXI SKIRTS: Christian Siriano has brought the long maxi skirt back, dressing it down with a simple t-shirt. The normally dressy pleated skirt has been given a more youthful twist in his spring collection. “It’s a go-to option. He really showed how to play with the maxi-skirt and get rid of the fear of it," Del Russo said. "He makes it easy to do the maxi-skirt trend."
BRIGHT ORANGE TOPS: Many designers went for the bright orange look. Jill Stuart made it especially retro, with a short jumpsuit.
"They are very good to incorporate into your wardrobe," Del Russo said, adding that she suggests pairing the color with denim or even khaki.
HIGH-WAISTED SWIMSUITS: Nanette Lepore, Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui all went for a retro look with their swimwear collections, pairing high-waisted bottoms with longer, almost shirt-length swimsuit tops. "I saw so many of them," Del Russo said. "I feel like everyone is going in that direction. It's a very flattering style." Del Russo added that the new style of swimwear, which comes in both solids and patterns, is much "more wearable."
So girls, check out the photos and start planning your wardrobes. But remember, it’s never about what looks good; it’s everything to do about what looks good ON YOU!
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