As NYC Fashion Week wraps up, everyone is itching for what will be next season’s newest and boldest trends. For me, just one word sums up what you will need in your wardrobe next Spring: Color, Color and more Color! Possibly connected to the almost depression-like state of the economy, for Spring 2012 designers are pushing fashion fans to cheer up and expose themselves to more vibrant and exciting colors. Light, bright and eye-catching were the overall themes of the week as designers displayed their Spring 2012 collections on the catwalks of New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which began Sept. 8 and ended Sept 15.


Designers included big names such as Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. Fan favorite labels included — Rachel Roy, L.A.M.B. and BCBG Max Azria. This year, the line up also included a larger group of African American designers such as Tracy Reese, Cushnie et Ochs, Duro Olowu, B. Michael America and Stephen Burrows. Newer designers like Korto Momolu and Mychael Knight also made their way into the world of Fashion Week with their debut collections themed on rich colors, flowing dresses and skirts that were centered on movement.


Other big trends included the infamous color blocking, skinny pants, pleated skirts, horizontal stripes and my personal fav, jumpsuits. The drawstring waist was also a popular piece among designers like Christian Siriano. However, it’s clear that designers have determined that color is key to keeping women interested and constantly shopping. From coral to pumpkin, shades of orange, purple, hot pink, turquoise and mint were just a few favorites featured throughout the collections.

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