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Lela Rose's Fall 2012 collection drew inspiration from the architecture of Calatrava.
Lela Rose's Fall 2012 collection drew inspiration from the architecture of Calatrava.
This McQ knit dress with mirror detail is now offered in Mequon. This mirroring technique is very signature of McQueen.
This McQ knit dress with mirror detail is now offered in Mequon. This mirroring technique is very signature of McQueen.
CUT 25, Yigal Azrouel's diffusion brand, has been growing and proving stronger season after season.
CUT 25, Yigal Azrouel's diffusion brand, has been growing and proving stronger season after season.
Bill Blass, under new direction with Jeffrey Monteiro as head designer, shows all-American dressing is going to be a power player.
Bill Blass, under new direction with Jeffrey Monteiro as head designer, shows all-American dressing is going to be a power player.

Recapping Fall Fashion Week 2012

My last week came to a close after seeing over 32 collections from Fall 2012. Roughly that translates to over 3,000 pieces of clothing flashed before my eyes in about 50 hours' time.

The week before that, I sat front row (or just about) at most of the shows I attended during NYC Fashion Week, seeing collections from Bill Blass, Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Herve Leger, Jenny Packham, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Ports 1961 and Yigal Azrouel, to name a few. And I can assure you that it is a sea of prettiness out there. When all the news today is for the most part depressing, fall fashion uplifts our senses.

For starters, luxury is being offered at a more attainable level. Most exciting this season, McQ, Alexander McQueen's diffusion line, is under the direction of Sarah Burton – she even makes an appearance after their first London runway show.

Derek Lam’s newest diffusion line fulfills the cool girl style. The collection is a take on what a girl finds and puts together from her closet when left alone in a snow storm.

CUT 25, Yigal Azrouel’s diffusion brand, has been growing and proving stronger season after season, opening up its first flagship store in Soho this past winter.

Bill Blass, under new direction with Jeffrey Monteiro as head designer, shows all-American dressing is going to be a power player.

Another reason to be pleased with Fall 2012 is the trends. They are appeasing to just about everybody, with rich fall colors in hues of burgundy, forest green and harvest golds that pick up where the safe chocolate browns left off.  Bold patterns and fabric blocking, and lady-like hem lines, bring most skirts below the knees.

Happy Fall fashion! More to come later.

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