New York Fall 2012 Fashion Week: Standout Hues, Headpieces, & Jaw-Dropping Earrings

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 Ready-To-Wear came to a close last week, leaving us with color trends and accessory must haves come September. We’ve got all the details on Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Betsey Johnson, Elie Tahari and more.

Throughout awards season and Couture Fashion Week in Paris, head toppers have made their way into the spotlight. Everything from headbands, a la Gossip Girl, and hats that could stop traffic like those we saw at the Royal Wedding have been a source of inspiration for designers and what we saw at NY Fashion Week was no different.

Marc Jacobs brought a whole new meaning to floppy hats when models sporting his Fall 2012 RTW collection were topped off with huge multicolor mink hats. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out this fall for anyone walking the NYC streets wearing one.

Donna Karan’s show was quite the opposite with nearly all of the models donning mini fedoras that matched the gray, black or red ensembles.

Nicholas Kunz took inspiration from western and Deco references in the latest Nicholas K collection. Cowboy hats took over this runway show that was filled with fringe and horse hair-accented parkas.

Taking a similar approach, Carlos Miele brought a southwestern flair to his fall show. Inspired by his Brazilian heritage, ponchos and capes with geometric designs were topped off with flattop cowboy, or gaucho, hats.

Anna Sui makes several appearances in this Fashion Week recap, making her one of our favorites for her work with accessories. Several models walking her catwalk were topped with knit ski hats that appeared to be looking back at us. The rich colors used added a pop to the ensembles.

Trends of the 1920s and 30s, as previously stated as making a comeback this year, were apparent in Norma Kamali’s Fall 2012 collection. Most evident were the headpieces topping off the models. Just like any great fashion era, history repeats itself in this collection, with headwear reminiscent of the flapper look.

While Oscar de la Renta is turning 80 this year, he has no problem keeping his collection youthful and playful. Models all wore crystal and ribbon headbands in their hair to give his businesswoman-esque fall collection a fresh flair.

Dangles and ‘Jaw-Drop’ Earrings

Rarely do we see jewelry hit the catwalks during fashion week, but trust us when we say that our blinders are on when it comes to the bling. Several designers wowed us by accompanying their latest collections with earrings that dare to make a statement.

Naeem Khan used a black, gold and silver color palette on his latest collection, consisting of gowns, dresses and jackets. Models wore huge black dangle earrings that seemed to be the perfect accessory.

Betsey Johnson always has a flair for the over-the-top, but love that she paired her psychedelic collection with earrings that just barely dust the shoulder.

Oscar de la Renta and Catherine Malandrino also donned their models with eye-catching earrings that complimented the collections.

Fall Color Wheel

If you asked the designers of NY Fall 2012 Fashion Week what the color wheel will consist of come September, it’s fair to assume they would all say blue, burgundy, black and gold. Almost every show consisted of some or all of these hues, making them the obvious color MVPs to add to our wardrobes come fall.

Blue is not a complete surprise, as it was widely used among designers at Couture Fashion Week, as well as being noted as a top trend for 2012. Designers Anna Sui (with jaw-dropping blue statement necklaces), Milly, Christopher Kane, Elie Tahari, Matthew Williamson, Ohne Titel, Prabal Gurung and Oscar de la Renta were among many to incorporate bluesy bliss into their RTW collections.

No matter what anyone may say, black is the new black and will always be a wardrobe staple, especially for the fall and winter months. Whether a head-to-toe black ensemble or minute black undertones, one would be hard pressed to find a designer whose collection did not include it. Most popular was the timeless union of black and white, mostly seen in the collections of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alicia & Olivia, Alexander Wang, Farah Angsana, Ohne Titel and Diane Von Furstenberg.

As we have noticed splashes of yellow gold jewelry making its way down red carpets, it’s no surprise to see metallics make their way down the catwalk. Designers Alexandre Herchovitch, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, Prabal Gurung, Ralph Lauren, Rachel Zoe, Badgley Mischka and the belts on Calvin Klein’s collection were among those lighting up the runway with shimmering pieces.

What we may not have expected was the sudden wave of burgundy that came over almost every designer’s show last week. The wine-colored shade was everywhere from fur to leather jackets, and gowns to pantsuits. Jason Wu, Helmut Lang, Derek Lam, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Elizabeth & James, Charlotte Ronson, and Christian Siriano were only a few of the designers
who incorporated this color, making it a true force to be reckoned with this fall.

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