New York Spring 2012: The Best Runway Looks

Check out the sizzling styles the stars will be wearing this spring

01 of 18

MARC JACOBS

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Drawing from a diverse range of inspirations (the late Amy Winehouse included), the designer put together a tremendously modern, very cohesive collection that was artsy, avant-garde and super-wearable.

02 of 18

RALPH LAUREN

RALPH LAUREN
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The king of classic Americana didn’t disappoint, turning out a gorgeously chic collection of Great Gatsby-inspired ensembles (right down to the cloche hats). With looks that mixed sheer fluidity with smartly tailored pieces, we imagine we’ll see a lot of the high-glamour dresses on red carpets come awards season.

03 of 18

CALVIN KLEIN

CALVIN KLEIN
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Subtle details – like sheer panels or exposed corsetry – elevated Calvin Klein’s famously minimalist designs to be at once modern and timeless. The palette of muted creams, roses and lilacs is perfect for a spring day – although it might need to wait for a summer tan.

04 of 18

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

OSCAR DE LA RENTA
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Though his show boasted one of Fashion Week’s most diverse front rows, the designer was true to what he does best: gorgeous, sweeping gowns, playful prints and tons of glamour – spiced up with beading, furs and feathers.

05 of 18

MARCHESA

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Stars turned out in droves to see Marchesa’s showstopping creations, and the design team didn’t disappoint. Plenty of tulle, elaborate beading and jaw-dropping gowns were de rigueur, but they also mixed it up with shorter, sassier designs with tons of movement.

06 of 18

MICHAEL KORS

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Safari chic was on full display at the designer’s Spring/Summer show: orange hues, loose knits, animal print and, of course, plenty of khaki got us excited for upcoming spring adventures. Kors even made the fanny pack look cool!

07 of 18

MARC BY MARC JACOBS

MARC BY MARC JACOBS
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Tapping into old-fashioned Americana with his stylish, sporty-chic designs, Jacobs’s Spring/Summer collection was full of bold tomato and contrasting navy, mixed with sexy swimwear-like bodysuits, tricolor high-tops and pretty peplum detailing.

08 of 18

VERA WANG

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Eschewing her typical voluminous gowns and dramatic shapes for cleaner, more tailored lines, the designer played with a muted palette, incorporating pops of blue, coral and yellow, and working with eye-catching abstract oil-painting-like prints, plus plenty of sheer fabric to reflect warming temperatures.

09 of 18

RACHEL ZOE

RACHEL ZOE
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The designer’s first collection at New York Fashion Week reflected her famous style sensibility: contrasts and unexpected pairings came into play in a big way, as seen in this flowing, gauzy look topped with a crisp white blazer and oversize clutch.

10 of 18

CAROLINA HERRERA

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The designer turned out plenty of the drop-dead gowns she’s known for but updated her typically ladylike pieces with bold prints, rich colors and interesting silhouettes. A buttery yellow gown with chiffon tiers and a metallic belt perfectly embodies the intersection of classic and modern in the collection.

11 of 18

MONIQUE LHUILLIER

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Forgoing her pretty pastels and frothy frocks for saturated brights and moody hues, the designer beloved by red-carpet regulars turned out a collection that was sleek and sophisticated. Gowns in primary colors and sheaths in sleek black and blue are sure to punch up spring’s usual pale palette.

12 of 18

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
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Though her classic wrap shape was well represented, including this stone-print style with plenty of volume (pretty on a breezy day!), the designer also branched out into oversize shifts, tailored shorts and plenty of print-mixing – not for the faint of heart!

13 of 18

VICTORIA BECKHAM

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presented structured dresses and interesting jackets that were girlie with an edgy twist. “It was very Victoria,” Marie Claire editor and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia told PEOPLE after the show. “I can see many women obsessed with this collection because it’s feminine and very flattering.”

14 of 18

L.A.M.B.

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wasn’t around for her presentation Sunday, but the singer turned designer’s presence was definitely felt in her patterned maxi dresses, miniskirts and jumpsuits. The collection featured a black-and-white base with pops of color and statement-making accessories the rocking mom would totally wear.

15 of 18

PRABAL GURUNG

PRABAL GURUNG
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It makes sense that the young designer, with fans as diverse as Michelle Obama and , would have both Nicki Minaj and Amanda Seyfried in his front row. They were treated to beautifully moving clothes with plenty of sheer panels, Rorschach prints, vibrant colors and, yes, even lamé.

16 of 18

JASON WU

JASON WU
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Stars like Diane Kruger and are devotees of the designer’s ladylike but fashion-forward style, and his new collection didn’t stray too far from his traditional looks: feminine silhouettes, flirty brights and thin leather belts were de rigueur.

17 of 18

BCBG MAX AZRIA

BCBG MAX AZRIA
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Flowing, scarflike hems featuring bold, bright colors were key to BCBG Max Azria’s runway show – simply styled models showed off designs that bared hints of skin as they glided down the runway.

18 of 18

REBECCA TAYLOR

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The designer mixed her typically flirty and girlie prints with more tailored silhouettes, balancing a soft, feminine skirt with an impeccably tailored jacket for a sweet spring day-to-night look.

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