Some of the season’s best looks dripped with languid, liquid shine. It came in the familiar form of cocktail dresses at Balmain and Calvin Klein, as well as in unexpected places (see: Alexander Wang’s poncho and Stella McCartney’s gilded take on the football jersey.)
Libertine started off the craze in New York with a defining use of bold mixed prints. The ensuing weeks saw a flurry of geometric patterns from the likes of Marni, Dries van Noten and Prada.
Coats came in a rainbow of shades, from tomato red at Proenza Schouler to gold from The Row and deep violet at YSL.
As delicate as its reputation, lace took on a whole new persona for fall with a less pretty and more powerful presence. Take Erdem, whose Pollock-like prints were darkened with an appliqué overlay or Lanvin's heavy-duty head-to-toe motifs.
If there was one color message that stood out above all the rest, it was red. Shades of scarlet, cardinal and vermilion were everywhere, whether it was Michael Kors’ furs, a classic Chanel jacket, or a sparkling Dorothy-style skirt at Rodarte.
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Go long. That was the directive for fall, as runway-sweeping skirts – some enlivened with trains or slits – ruled.
Flowers are a common spring sight, but this fall designers splashed the print on cold-weather clothes too, whether in the form of dandelions at Miu Miu, Jil Sander’s colorful daisies, or Ming vase-inspired patterns from Mary Katrantzou.
Fall’s MVP (Most Valuable Print, that is?) The peppy polka dot, which made a return on retro dresses, tops, hats – even tights.
Everything from outerwear to dresses came in snowy shades, giving new meaning to the term "winter white."