Trending: Fall Fashion Week Cheat Sheet

  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week concluded this Thursday, February 16th, in New York City, ending a dizzying series of Fall/Winter 2012 runway presentations from more than 90 designers. As the country looks forward to the warm days of spring, buyers, editors, and tastemakers in the fashion world are now analyzing upcoming trends for cooler climes.   Here, we’ll break down several of these trends, focusing on our favorite looks and designers.   Generally speaking, rich fabrics and sophisticated skirts and dresses with longer hemlines were of note. Shades of burgundy, plum, pink, and jade complimented grays and blacks.     Michael Kors abhors short skirt lengths now, and is loving buffalo plaids combined with fur for fall.                   Diane von Furstenberg cooled to her signature wrap dresses in favor of color-blocked separates.                   Victoria Beckham showed military-inspired looks.                     Alexander Wang’s collection will inspire the importance of accessories.                   Speaking of such, high boots were seen in many collections, from Wang to Altuzarra to YSL. And on a final note, one of our favorite NYC fashionistas, Filipa Fino, noted to International Business Times, “If you are going to buy one accessory this season, buy a great, thick belt." We didn’t note this particular accessory in abundance on the runway, so maybe this is a bit of wishful trend thinking.               (Photo credits, from top: 1., 2., 3. Victoria, Victoria Beckham, 4., 5.  

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