NYFW: Leathers and Reds

Yigal AzrouelIn the first round of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, leather skins and the color red prevailed as dominant trends for a/w ’12. Designers rolled our luxurious hides in various forms but when it came to color, red emerged amid the otherwise eclectic mix of color palettes on the catwalk.

Next season is all about leather—whether it’s a pencil skirt or an evening coat. And there will be plenty of options: Alexander Wang’s parade of leather ensembles ranged from suede cropped trousers featuring leather front panels to solid leather frocks with provocative slits and studded clasps; Jen Kao went for sexy leather corsets and two-tone bustier dresses; Michael and Nicole Colovos experimented with texture in elegantly tailored blazers made of “blistered” leather for Helmut Lang. Elsewhere, Rebecca Taylor favored Jason Wumodern leather dresses and pull-string leather shorts, while Charlotte Ronson went for the more classic cashmere knit with leather pencil skirt combo. Among the herd, however, Yigal Azrouel’s hunter green leather suit and casual grey jumper was the winning look of the leather trend.

You can choose from poppy, crimson, or rouge, but pure red made it’s way into the runways this season. In between the black and grey military numbers, Jason Wu presented a knockout Chinese-inspired red dress that exuded sex appeal. At St. John, George Sharpe presented satin trousers, a floor length silk dress and classy, woolly coats, all in cardinal red. Rising star Rebecca Minkoff went for a more contemporary look by combing a layered silk red dress with a dense, dark wool coat with leather details. Meanwhile, Chadwick Bell and Costello Tagliapietra delivered sophisticated rouge ensembles suitable for a happy hour and Jenni Kayne decided to suit up with double-breasted blazers, matching ankle trousers and silk button blouses that looked tres chic in solid red.

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