Shades Of Orange Sweeten New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week for fall 2012 had its fair share of trends, but if there was one constant we noticed from show to show, it was the heavy use of orange. We’re not just talking any orange, either, we mean gentle swaths of carrot and sienna, or all-over blasts of persimmon and atomic tangerine. It’s always strange to see so many designers go for the same idea. Do they call each other up and say, “Orange for fall! I’ll take neon if you go with burnt sunshine.” Seriously, how do they all seem to choose the same colors? Who knows, but we like the tang of this orange thing. It seems like a hard color to pull off, but after seeing the way so many designers used it—from wool coats and lace dresses to belted trousers and mixed prints—we’re excited to take a sip of this juice.


Looks from the Rachel Comey, Michael Kors, and Nanette Lepore Fall 2012 fashion shows.
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Some designers fully embraced orange and shouted it in loud, all-over statements. Rachel Comey paired a generously cut safety orange wool coat over black trousers and added a white clutch for a modern cosmopolitan look. Michael Kors went for super uptown glam with a fur-rimmed electric orange coat and matching silk dress. And Nanette Lepore—who always designs the sweetest array of dresses—sent diffused orange neon lace down the runway with a hint of sparkle, gray tights, and metallic blue peep-toe heels. Something to note? The makeup was kept fairly simple, but we especially like the use of matching lip color at Michael Kors.


Looks from the 3.1 Phillip Lim, Preen, and Mara Hoffman Fall 2012 fashion shows.
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3.1 Phillip Lim’s fall collection was a sleek, too-cool-for-school (in a good way) dream. We loved the deep orange paper bag-waisted trousers cinched with an oversize white belt, brown leather heels, and black leather moto jacket and collared blouse. Again, the use of white and black with orange is a winning combo. Preen mixed a lovely floral print with moss green and bright crayon orange either in the lower half of skirts or in simple stripes on sleeves. It’s just the right punch of orange without going overboard. Mara Hoffman is always a fave, and her Mexican-inspired collection was full of tribal motifs, feminine takes on the cowgirl hat, and pops of fiesta orange. We’re so down with those cropped trousers, black ankle boots, and anything in printed black on top.


Looks from the Marc by Marc Jacobs, Karen Walker, and Anna Sui Fall 2012 fashion shows.
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If you’re not into going for such overt orange but want to try the trend, we suggest prints with orange woven into them. At Marc by Marc Jacobs, there were midi dresses and skirts with floral prints that infused vivid orange. He paired them with bright coral lips for a fun, punchy look that added a bit of tough yet girly fun to the sleek hair and grounding combat boots. Karen Walker’s collection was playful and full of orange hues from the dark to light varieties. We especially liked this mismatched leaf motif skirt and ruffle-necked shirt paired with seriously cool orange patterned bootie heels (um, HELLO, and YES PLEASE). If there was any collection that really went for it in terms of assaulting you with vivid color and variations on the orange spectrum it was Anna Sui and her ’60s schoolgirl looks. Check out this color-blocked dress with shades of bleached brick and sunset orange with a terracotta Peter Pan collar, matching argyle socks, and dusty flats. It’s a warm and sunny look, perfect for the gray days of early fall, or you know, right NOW.

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