Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fall 2012

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fall 2012

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NEW YORK -- All sights may be set on spring, but what to wear next fall and winter was the focus of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which wrapped up last week after eight days of runway shows, parties and presentations throughout New York City.

Overall, Fashion Week's happenings seemed more pedestrian. There were the usual venues (Lincoln Center, Milk Studios, Metropolitan Pavilion, piers along the Hudson River, etc.) and the usual mix of reality show personalities, fashion industry insiders and the occasional Hollywood or music world big name celebrities (Kelly Osbourne, Joan Rivers, Shailene Woodley, Katie Couric and Jessica Alba) in the front row.

But the fashions did not disappoint. Looks ranged from soft, sophisticated hues to chase-away-the-cold bold brights, patterns and glitz. The inspirations behind the collections were as vibrant and varied, with designers giving nods to antique kaleidoscopes, the glamour of Gstaad, the works of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and more.

Here are some of the top trends to keep an eye out for in stores later this year:

Prints and patterns galore: Zig-zags, stripes, brocades and other geometrics (some embellished with sparkle or texture) aren't just for jazzing up a primarily solid color outfit anymore. Instead, they are the outfit, thanks to sweaters, pants, maxi dresses and trenches that are patterned from head to toe.

Military-inspired outerwear: It's baaack -- but with a twist. Sharp shoulders and button, zipper, epaulet and grommet details on peacoats, trenches and officer coats add a dose of fashionable force and edge to traditional pieces.

Sparkle and shine: Another trend that's not new but has been reapplied in fresh ways. Rather than all-over sequins, a smattering of sparkle on patterns, hardware, disc embellishments and thread are ways to sport glitz without looking like a walking disco ball. …

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