Trend Report :: NYFW FALL 2012

By Megan McDonald February 17, 2012

Grab a cuppa for my at-a-glance, what-to-covet trend summary of the just-wrapping New York Fashion Week for Fall 2012. There’s some good news for those of us shirking the color trend by staying steadfast to pitch black (I think they call this chromophobia…) – white is hot but black and white paired = hotter!  For me, this is a stand-out trend that I can easily (and joyfully!) embrace.

Familiar trends from past seasons still exist, such as color and floral prints. What’s new? Skirts have descended to mid-calf, leather was an element incorporated neatly in surprise places like trim and sleeves, and precision cuts and detailing seem to be everywhere.  Overall, regardless of designer, a fresh, youthful feeling came through. 

Also, not a huge surprise, for it was bound to happen – Downton Abbey has infected the fashion world, and nowhere was this more prevalent than at the Ralph Lauren show. Flip through the slideshow here:  Ralph Lauren Fall 2012.

By the way, if you’re off on a shopping spree and want to brush up on your fashion speak, here’s phonetic pronunciation key for reference. Just in case…



If you don’t want to go too crazy on your wardrobe budget for Fall, just add a statement piece to your outerwear collection.  Any length, any style…your pick as long as it has a modernized shape. The runways were laden with new takes on classic pieces like perfectly edited twists on the typical blazer.

Band of Outsiders :: Fall 2012

BCBG Max Azria :: Fall 2012

Altuzarra :: Fall 2012 :: Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV

Thakoon :: Fall 2012s

Calvin Klein :: Fall 2012



The catwalks were an explosion of prints, including stripes. Newly notable: These patterns have made their way onto pants.  And shorts seemed to pop up for Fall--yes, Fall. Consider pairing the shorts with the current trend of tights, as mentioned here.  If you invested in some Wolford’s last season, not to worry – it will pay off.

Ohne Titel :: Fall 2012

Zero + Maria Cornejo  ::  Fall 2012

Derek Lam  ::  Fall 2012

Marc by Marc Jacobs  :: Fall 2012

Diesel Black Gold  ::  Fall 2012

Theysken’s Theory :: Fall 2012



Sleeves were all over the place. You name it – from demure cap to architecturally tapered to 70’s blousy to linebacker shoulders…to…to…to…

Red Valentino  ::  Fall 2012

Michael Kors  ::  Fall 2012

Proenza Schouler

L’Wren Scott Fall 2012



3.1 Phillip Lim :: Fall 2012

Derek Lam :: Fall 2012

Alice + Olivia  ::  Fall 2012

Josie Natori  :: Fall 2012


The Row  ::  Fall 2012



Just for fun….

Jenny Packham  ::  Fall 2012  


Marchesa  ::  Fall 2012


Ralph Lauren  ::  Fall 2012



Naeem Khan  ::  Fall 2012




Michael Kors  ::  Fall 2012


Oscar de la Renta  ::  Fall 2012


OK, so your turn – what did you see at Fashion Week that you loved?  Can’t live without for your Fall wardrobe?

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