Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2012

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week always drives the energy in New York up a couple of notches. This year even the weather seemed to cooperate in the form of an unusually mild winter. So of course the fashionistas were out in force sporting the seasons trends. The celebrities were visible in the front rows as usual and for the style fest that is MBFW. It was a week with plenty of highs, sadly however , New York lost lost one of it's fashion icons, socialite Zelda Kaplan. The 95 year old fashion icon became ill at the Joanna Mastroianni show on the last day of scheduled shows at Lincoln Center. She and was taken to a hospital where she later died. She had been a prominent figure on the fashion and social scene, known for her love of African prints.

Unofficially the Red Dress collection set the stage and if you were lucky enough to get in you saw some big celebrity names come out in support of the Heart Truth foundation. for the rest of the New York's fashion crowd, things got underway on February 9, 2012 with the BCBGMAXAZRIA collection. The show was a mix of masterful color blocking and fur accents, chic leather jackets with a geometric flavor in the design added a bit of edge to the overall presentation. Among our favorites that day were  Tadashi Shoji, Candela, and Chadwick Bell. Diane Von Furstenberg's designs for this season reflected geometric elements that seem to be trending in other collections. There was  some nice color blocking and separates with interesting contrasts of draping in the collection as well. 

Tracey Reese's collection kept the color parade going with lots of purple, yellow, and orange. She included short skirts and coats with a metallic gold look that added some interesting flavor. The yellow wrap coat with fur collar was a great complement to the textures and was part of the overall fur trend for this season. The accessories included jockey style hats, and heels that reflected the same color blocking  found in the collection.

You have to love how Carolina Herrera always gives you something memorable. She presents her collection as if it's a big deal because it is. when her models walk down the runway you feel that each and every look is something special.  She created an interesting contrast by having her models styled with  big hair bringing to mind the styles of the sixties bouffant. Her collection definitely spoke to the fall with earth tones, grays, navy, black, and indigo and of course a little fur. From the art inspired prints and slightly shorter tops to the vibrant red gown that closed the show Carolina Herrera collection kept it elegantly chic.

With Michael Kors collection you are ready for your luxury camping getaway. His models hit the runway decked out in thick knit sweaters worn paired with substantial alpaca jackets and luxurious looking fur coats. Plaid coats and fringed ponchos accented with fur. Of course he knows how to make a stunning gown and his models looked as if they loved walking down the runway in his designs.

Designer Zang Toi's collection reflected the attention to detail that is always evident in his designs. Black, white and red were the dominant colors in his collection, his models looked regal in the geometric themed red and black designs. One of the standouts of this collection was the embellished white beaded jacket and pencil skirt that was probably added to a lot of must-have lists.

The number of looks per show ranged from 20-30 on average however designer Venexiana is a force to be reckoned with sending 72 looks down the runway. Her luxurious gowns were impressive in scope and color, high fashion all the way. Vera Wang's collection was stunning, she always gets it right. Many of the looks were sheer gowns and separates with delicately sculpted tops in cool shades of oranges, blues and greens. Over 80 collections are shown during MBFW at Lincoln Center as well as off-site. There is so much fashion during the eight day stretch that it is impossible to see it all. There are some really great designers and stunning collections that don't get seen, unless you can be in two places at once. If you can't make it to Lincoln Center to see the collections you can now view the shows online. YouTube began live streaming of fashion shows from Lincoln Center last season, and that makes it the next best thing to being there.

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