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Fashion Week's Wildest Trends: Furs, Cable Knits and More

New York's Fashion Week always drops a few bombshells, and this season did not disappoint. From fur bras to prom dresses, Misty White Sidell on the trends that got the fashionistas buzzing.

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From left: Dario Cantatore / Getty Images, Karl Prouse / Catwalking, Randy Brooke / WireImage-Getty Images

New York Fashion Week is over, leaving us to puzzle over its nuttier style concepts. From wallpaper-printed dresses to prom-ready attire, here are some of the week’s battier trends. By Misty White Sidell.


From left: Chris Moore / Catwalking, Karl Prouse / Catwalking, Chris Moore / Catwalking

Hats Rise to the Top

Crowning accessories are an ubiquitous runway presence, but this year the headgear concept took on a life of its own. Take the hats at Jason Wu, for example. What seems like a hybrid between a fez and a doorknob is actually a recreation of styles worn during the Qing Dynasty in China. Anna Sui’s hats resembled knitted owls, while Marc Jacobs' were larger than life and constructed of fur.

Left to Right: Jason Wu, Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs

From left: Karl Prouse / Catwalking (2), Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

Cable Knits Gone Wild

Cozy cable knits are always a fall staple, but in 2012 they’ve enjoyed an extreme upgrade. Rodarte’s designers beefed up the classic, pairing their cropped sweaters with high-waisted pants. J.Crew updated the preppy standby with patterned beading. And Tommy Hilfiger created a cable-knit silkscreen that was fashioned into a variety of kicky dresses.

Left to Right: Tommy Hilfiger, J.Crew, Rodarte

From left: Dario Cantatore / Getty Images, Frazer Harrison / Getty Images, Chris Moore / Catwalking

A Date to the Prom

Nothing screams high school dance like a poufy A-line cocktail dress, so maybe the designers had nostalgia in mind with these looks that would render you belle of the gymnasium ball. Oscar de la Renta designed a pale blue version that was paired with a diminutive tiara, while young designer Sofia Sizzi created a chartreuse look delicately beaded around the waist for her label, Giulietta. Naeem Khan took a more graphic approach with a strapless, monochromatic design.

 Left to Right: Giulietta, Naeem Khan, Oscar de la Renta


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Extreme Extremities

One of the week’s more bizarre phenomenons was a sort of finger frenzy, in which Diane von Furstenberg and Rodarte both swathed their models in a few friendly pairs of hands, and Cynthia Rowley created a sweater that resembled a fingerprint.

Left to Right: Diane von Furstenberg, Cynthia Rowley, Rodarte

From left: Joe Kohen / Getty Images, Dario Cantatore / Getty Images, Chris Moore / Catwalking

Fur Gets Funny

To some onlookers’ dismay, fur was all over the runway this season, though the pieces that truly stood out used the medium in resourceful and unexpected ways. Victoria Barlett constructed a bra top out of fur for her label VPL, while Jeremy Laing designed a turtleneck capelet made of shearling. Joseph Altuzarra sent this look down the runway as part of one of the week’s strongest showings, with fur draped into a tire formation around his model’s waist.

Left to Right: Jeremy Laing, VPL by Victoria Bartlett, Altuzarra

From left: Chris Moore / Catwalking, Randy Brooke / WireImage, Joe Kohen / Getty Images

Metallic Leather Shines Again

To many fashion addicts’ chagrin, metallic leather has laid pretty much dormant since the '80s. This season marks its laminated comeback.  Two emerging labels, Creatures of the Wind and Cushnie et Ochs, both created metallic hide skirts. And Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch constructed a short-sleeved minidress.

Left to Right: Cushnie et Ochs, Creatures of the Wind, Alexandre

From left: Brian Ach / Getty Images, Andy Kropa / Getty Images, Karl Prouse / Catwalking

Necklines Get Turned Inside-Out

Necklines are one of those design features that don’t often deviate from the norm, but for fall 2012 they received an inverse upgrade. Against all odds, Project Runway alum, Christian Siriano, and Olivier Theyskens at Theory both had the same idea about inverted V-necks. Israeli-born designer Yigal Azrouel created a reversed notch collar.

Left to Right: Yigal Azrouel, Christian Siriano, Theyskens’ Theory

From left: Chris Moore / Catwalking, Andy Kropa / Getty Images, Chris Moore / Catwalking

Wallpaper Your Body

Interior design is a constant source of inspiration for designers, but some took a literal approach with wallpaper-ready prints. French expat Sophie Theallet mixed and matched her damask designs while label SUNO also took the rococo route with their take on toile. Jill Stuart referenced the '70s with this flowery ensemble.

Left to Right: Jill Stuart, SUNO, Sophie Theallet