NYFW Spring 2012: It’s going to be a very bright season

New York Fashion Week is a little more than halfway over, and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a very loud and busy spring. Lots of colors and prints have dominated the runways, along with a few other emerging trends. Below is a breakdown of what to look out for when the weather warms up next year.

Bold colors were seen in everything from clothes to accessories to shoes. Some of my favorite color combos came from mixing with neutrals, as seen at Vivienne Tam, Christian Siriano, and Derek Lam.

Another fun way color was used was in belts. I loved these accents at Siriano, Tracy Reese, and L.A.M.B. This is a great idea for those who’d rather approach the color trend with caution.

Conversely, some designers opted for colorful ensembles accented with black details. Very sharp. Above looks are from Carolina Herrera, Prabal Gurung, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Prints were everywhere this week, and many designers showcased them head-to-toe (DKNY, left). Print-mixing was big too, as seen at Diane von Furstenberg and Vivienne Tam.

I saw some fab printed pants (yay!) at Lela Rose, Rachel Roy, and DVF. If you’re wary of full-body prints, but want a fun way to try the trend, a pair of exciting pants is the place to start. Tibi’s even doing them this fall, if you can’t wait another minute. Just make sure to pair with a neutral solid on top in order to avoid the pajama effect.

While sleeves popped up on some dresses at Tadashi and Zac Posen, it looks like most designers are taking baby steps on that front. There were a bunch of cold-shoulder dresses this week, especially at Luca Luca and Carlos Miele. While this isn’t exactly the coverage most sleeve-seeking women are looking for, at least it’s a start.

 All images courtesy of Style.com

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