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Thigh Highs and Purple and Tweed! Oh, My!

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As you may know, today marks the end of New York’s Fashion Week. Since last Friday, journalists, buyers, PR assistants, socialites, and celebs have been all over Manhattan, reveling in the excitement of the début of the fall 2008 collections. And for seven days, models showed everything from thigh highs, to plaid jackets, to flapper dresses, designed by all of our favorite American couturiers, including Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, and Betsey Johnson, as well as a few beloved international designers, like Oscar de la Renta and Hervé Léger. Though I didn’t see any of the shows, I did stop by the tent in Bryant Park on Tuesday (where I did see Brittany Murphy and Joy Bryant), and from what I heard — besides the thumping of loud techno and shouting of paparazzi — the clothing was fantastic. I’ve been keeping up on everything that’s been going up and down the runways this week, so read on to find out all of the hot, new fall looks that you’ll be shopping for in a few months.

From the runway:

The Look: Cinched waists
As Seen At: Max Azria (who belted nearly every look), Preen
Wear: with dresses, jackets, skirts….

The Look: Skinny pants
As Seen At: Sass & Bide, Betsey Johnson
Wear: with voluminous tops

The Look: Sheath dresses
As Seen At: Michael Kors (where models strutted in lilac and olive)
Wear: in floral prints

The Look: Wide, fluid trouser pants
As Seen At: Oscar de la Renta, Cynthia Steffe
Wear: in a high waist cut with heels

The Look: Tweed
As Seen At: Narciso Rodriguez, Derek Lam
Wear: with skirts, dresses, jackets…

The Look: Orange
As Seen At: Charles Nolan, Philip Lim
Wear: in a nice burnt/reddish hue with other warm colors

The Look: Plaid
As Seen At: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ruffian, Y-3
Wear: with black or dark grey

The Look: Ankle boots
As Seen At: Preen, Temperley London
Wear: with tights in the same color family

The Look: Blue
As Seen At: Tracy Reese, Y & Kei
Wear: in every shade!

The Look: Asymmetrical cuts
As Seen At: Erin Fetherston, Rodarte, Hervé Léger
Wear: a one-strap dress

The Look: Metallics
As Seen At: Nicole Miller, Ruffian
Wear: with black

The Look: Collarless jackets
As Seen At: Verrier, Peter Som
Wear: over a collarless shirt

The Look: Grey
As Seen At: Yigal Azrouel, Philip Lim
Wear: with bright jewel tones, black, or white

The Look: 1920s fashion
As Seen At: Betsey Johnson, Diane von Furstenberg
Wear: a flapper dress

The Look: Thigh highs and over-the-knee boots
As Seen At: Sass & Bide, Jill Stuart
Wear: with short dresses and mini skirts

The Look: Purple
As Seen At: Everywhere! (especially Rag & Bone, Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka)
Wear: often!

For more Fashion Week coverage, check out www.elle.com/fashionshows/12765/fall-2008  and www.nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/.

 

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