NEW YORK -- The world got a peek at the trends that will dominate racks next fall and winter during New York Fashion Week, which wrapped up Thursday after eight days of runway shows and presentations spotlighting designers from across the globe.
Fashion Week got off to a slushy start, thanks to a winter storm, but it closed with sunshine and temperatures in the 30s and 40s. More than 80 designers presented collections as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the shows that are held at Lincoln Center. About a dozen of them were new to the tents, where all the runway shows were streamed live for the first time.
Hundreds of other fashion events took place across the city, including at Milk Studios in the Meatpacking District, hotels, piers along the Hudson River and designers' showrooms. They attracted star-studded crowds, with celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Martha Stewart, Star Jones, Karlie Kloss, Ivanka Trump, Nigel Barker, J Alexander and more dotting their front rows.
Designers' inspirations for their lines were as interesting and different as their collections. Mother Nature, Imperial Russia, Japan, Morocco, Alfred Hitchcock films, outer space, great American fashion icons and Brothers Grimm fairy tales were some of the themes that influenced next season's styles. Here's a look at trends spotted during the week:
Hats and gloves -- Next winter, outerwear won't be just for keeping warm. Several designers punctuated looks with hats and gloves in rich hues. Sporty ball caps, slouchy toboggans and round floppy ones were some of the toppers noticed throughout the week. Gloves were leather, bold in color, sometimes detailed with small studs and varied in length between short and to the elbow or longer.
Fur frenzy -- Sable and fox and broadtail -- oh my! These and more were part of the foray of furs that paraded down the runway. Some were incorporated into wraps or coats. Other times, pelts peppered jackets or trimmed capelets or hemlines of dresses. Though many were in neutral tones such as black or chocolate, fur king Dennis Basso and some other designers dyed them vibrant shades such as evergreen, chartreuse or emerald to match apparel.
Pattern and fabric blocking -- For a few seasons, color blocking was all the craze. Now clothes are getting more creative with multiple prints, textures and fabrics. Who said diamond, leopard and circular patterns in contrasting colors can't live in harmony in a single sweater or coat?
Deep necklines and sheer formal wear -- Gowns drew drama from severe-yet-tasteful plunging necklines. Backs followed suit, with deep V or scooped cuts. Sometimes backs were fully exposed but remained modest with sheer paneling.
Sparkling embellishments -- Glitter fell like a coat of freshly fallen snow on pieces accentuated with beading, sequins, crystals and other eye-catching embellishments. Some creations were head-to-toe sparkle, while others used glitz as a way to add a pop of visual interest and glamour.
Asian influence -- The East's influence was overwhelming at Fashion Week. One runway show recognized up-and-coming Asian student designers, and the Leather Japan presentation celebrated eight of the country's leather shoe, apparel and accessory brands and designers, complete with a performance from an Asian punk band.
Others attributed their inspiration to Eastern culture, weaving elements of it into clothes in the form of floral detailing, striking color palettes (black and white with hints of red, for example) and column and kimono-style silhouettes.
A dose of color -- Chase away winter blues with bold hues. Neon pink, orange, lime, berry and cherry red were among the more popular, either as accents to more subdued colors or as an all-over look. Fall floral prints also brightened ensembles. At the opposite end of the spectrum were iterations of olive, plum and oxblood.
Cozy chic -- Sweatshirts were a staple of some collections, sometimes paired with a blazer or layered over a dress for an outfit that marries comfort with style.
Slender silhouettes -- Menswear, especially suits, ran slim, reminiscent of styles from the 1960s. Women's designs also were body-conscious, thanks to slender pants and figure-flattering dresses. Coats, however, tended to mirror this year's boxy fit and at times featured oversized lapels. Sweeping capes and wraps also were common.
Sara Bauknecht: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SaraB_PG. First Published February 19, 2013 5:00 AM