New York Fall 2012: The Best Runway Looks

Check out the hottest, head-turning looks celebs will be wearing this fall

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J. MENDEL

J. MENDEL
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Though the J. Mendel collection had plenty of fall-appropriate black, designer Gilles Mendel gave the traditional looks a twist with plunging fronts, lots of winter white, plus the pop of unexpected colors – as in this elegantly cut yellow gown.

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MARCHESA

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Drama, drama, drama – and we’d expect nothing less from Marchesa! With immense ball-gown skirts that skimmed the feet in the front row, floral appliqué and plenty of tulle, the collection was chock-full of head-turners.

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PROENZA SCHOULER

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The design duo behind Proenza Schouler turned out variations on the athletic, tomboyish shapes they’re known for, accenting coccoonlike coats and drop-waist dresses with leather, rich colors and Asian-inspired prints.

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MICHAEL KORS

MICHAEL KORS
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Best known for his chic minimalism, the designer sent plenty of dramatic, oversize shapes down the runway in bold red and black patterns – though he still nodded to classic shapes with gorgeous gowns like this red one, with the collection’s signature fur-accented coat.

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NAEEM KHAN

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At the Matt Damon-approved collection, Khan’s jaw-dropping graphic gowns, in shades of black and white, were just begging to be worn on the red carpet.

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NANETTE LEPORE

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Never one to shy away from bold colors, the designer’s Fall collection was no exception, pairing swingy bright printed dresses with pretty coats in contrasting shades.

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VERA WANG

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Nudes and fiery orange dominated the first half of the show, while grays, blues and black took the stage during the second half. The one consistent: Every piece was stunningly futuristic and ultracool.

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TORY BURCH

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The collection started off soft and feminine (knit pencils skirts, rosette-covered tops) then transitioned into sexier pieces like leather leggings. This stunning gown followed suit with a demure neckline and a curve-hugging silhouette.

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RODARTE

RODARTE
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The Mulleavy sisters are masters of contrast – pairing chunky knit sweaters with cargo pants and shearling bomber jackets with flirty dresses. Among the warm colors and cozy fabrics, this graphic leather shift was a standout.

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PRABAL GURUNG

PRABAL GURUNG
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The celeb-loved designer culminated his dramatic presentation with a bang, showing red carpet-worthy gowns with sheer panels, cutouts (are you paying attention, Rooney Mara?) and metallic fabrics.

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DKNY

DKNY
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Luxe materials like furs and leathers (in what is sure to be the It color of fall) stole the show at DKNY – making us crave chilly weather and the opportunity to bundle up in lush toppers like this burgundy one.

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
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It was all about attention-grabbing prints, high-impact colors (like lime, mustard and red) and the perfect draping we’ve come to expect from von Furstenberg. The pièce de résistance, though, was this black-and-white, one-shoulder creation in an ultracool print.

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RACHEL ZOE

RACHEL ZOE
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Continuing to expand her eponymous clothing line, the star stylist had her first-ever runway show (last year’s was a presentation) and flaunted plenty of fur, velvet and sequins in boho shapes for fall.

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VICTORIA BECKHAM

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As her looked on, showed impeccably tailored schoolgirl silhouettes with prim details like stripes and Pilgrim collars.

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CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO
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Sticking to the high drama he favors, the designer mixed striking ball gowns with elegant cocktail looks in shades of ruby and jet.

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REBECCA TAYLOR

REBECCA TAYLOR
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Mixing her traditionally girlie pieces with slightly edgier fabrics and cuts, Taylor presented a collection that was both romantic and bold. We especially love this cap-sleeve dress that utilized sheer panels in a completely fresh way.

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JASON WU

JASON WU
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Red was the the color theme at Wu’s show (models emerged from behind enormous burgundy doors) and it popped up on gathered silk dresses, beneath lace overlays and even in the form of tassels on top hats.

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KATE SPADE

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Could the LRD (little red dress) be the next big thing? If the Kate Spade presentation is any clue, yes! The designer showed lots of cheerful frocks in the hue, plus unexpected statement tees, polka-dot prints and gold pants.

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BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria
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Proving that the color-blocking trend isn’t going anywhere, designer Max Azria unveiled ultra-wearable tea-length dresses and maxis in bold colors like orange, lemon and electric blue.

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TADASHI SHOJI

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The Japanese designer’s show was packed with gowns begging to be worn by celebs on the red carpet – like this tulle confection, which has just the right mix of sexy and demure thanks to sheer tulle and a conservative neckline.

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NICHOLAS K

NICHOLAS K
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One part Western and one part Great Gatsby seemed to be the recipe for the majority of the looks, which ranged from fringed blouses to leather skinny pants and included this head-turning, flapper-inspired frock.

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