New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 may have wrapped up, but the fun is only just beginning. With London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks still to come, there are many trends already emerging, with designers such as Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Zac Posen and Victoria Beckham showcasing their latest works in the Big Apple during the week.
Marc Jacobs presented perhaps the most outrageously imaginative collection, with the designer seemingly channelling Alice in Wonderland for his eccentric collection, which consisted of oversized hats, bright colours and layers of chunky knits and furs. Never one to shy away from experimentation, Jacobs shunned the ladylike and chic silhouettes shown by some of his rival designers in favour of a more wild look. While the Mad Hatter-esque look may not be your thing, Jacobs ability to create decidedly different and creative winter looks will no doubt translate to the high street this coming season.
Zac Posen (pictured above) demonstrated a fusion between royalty and Asia in his feminine collection, with his signature fishtail and figure-hugging gowns adorned with oragami-like details, and shown in an array of bold colours, including red, blue and gold. Meanwhile, Victoria Beckham showcased a tough, military inspired collection- keep an eye out for this trend! Beckham, a fan of the figure-hugging dress, incorporated biker jackets and boots into this seasons offerings, giving the collection an edgier feel than its girly predecessor seasons.
Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim also channeled the offbeat, man-style looks, with Lim even sending models down the runway to the tune of “It’s a Man’s World”, while Wang explored the “contrast between hard and soft, naughty and nice”. Both designers showcased masculine silhouettes, most notably Wang’s edgy leather jacket, complete with a high collar, as worn by Gisele Bundchen.
Ralph Lauren was another designer who appeared to draw inspiration from the balance between masculine and feminine, with the designer stating that the collection was about “modern glamour”, while Donna Karan channelled ladylike grace in her collection of fitted dresses, coats and skirts. With an array of rich colours, textures and designs seen throughout the week, we can be sure that many trends have been born, and all eyes turn now to London, where designers such as Mulberry, Acne, Burberry Prorsum and Stella McCartney taking centre stage.
Lauren Kruger is a Melbourne based journalism student who loves all things fashion and being inspired by the latest trends, whether it be high fashion or high street. Follow Lauren on Twitter at @LaurenKruger26.