Day 2 New York Fashion Week

The Fall 2012 trends are starting to come together as this year New York Fashion Week designers are in two camps: bold, color blocking or edgy black.

LaCoste and Max Azria were true to their successful fashion formulas focusing on slim, sporty silhouettes that featured bold striping. The fabrics looked so comfortable, I imagined myself wrapped up in hot hued long slacks and dresses.

Monique Lhuillier’s collection erred on the side of Vampire Diaries hot. Lhuillier went bad girl chic with a bevy of capped sleeved dresses, knee-length skirts and velvet tuxedo leggings. All of the pieces looked like they were strategically splattered with red paint. It was all very sexy - and surprisingly wearable - in a True Blood kind of way.

Speaking of wearable, Fall 2012 was the usually ephemeral Jill Stuart’s most wearable collection. We loved the short knee-length skirts and sheer blouses. Peplum, short-sleeved tops and printed leggings were just so cute. And all of this on a black and white backdrop. Good job, Jill.

And, instead of her usual, floral feminine, flair Tibi’s Amy Smilovic took her grouping the men’s wear route. With black and white as her base colors, this was a sophisticated collection. But a shiny turquoise suit made me want to dance down the Soul Train Line.

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