New York Fashion Week Spring 2012: Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, DKNY, Diane von Furstenberg

Runway coverage provided by: The Fashion Spot

It may just be the beginning of Fall, but New York is already buzzing about what’s hot for Spring as NY Fashion Week hit Lincoln Center on September 8. Here are a few highlights from some of the best shows from Days 3 and 4:

ALEXANDER WANG

It’s always about streetwear meets the comfort of flatteringly casual, athletic-inspired looks at Alexander Wang. This season’s collection, inspired by motocross and BMX, was no different. Beginning with a slew of laser-cut mesh looks (including mesh pockets, which cleverly, the models were asked to put their hands in), the designer began working in color, something one doesn’t typically associate with Wang. The most successful non-neutral looks were done in a blue floral pattern for a series of sporty-chic outfits including a peplum finished cocktail dress and separates with oversized pockets.

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DEREK LAM

Inspired by Richard Neutra, one of the most well known modern architects, Derek Lam’s Spring 2012 collection weaved Neutra’s penchant for geometric but airy designs with his own signature minimalist, sophisticatedly feminine, aesthetic – there couldn’t have been a more natural pairing. The collection, tailored to perfection, included looks done in both saturated shades of yellow and pink – two of the popular hues we’ve been seeing in the collections thus far – and worked in touches of menswear inspiration, another running trend this season, via shirt dresses and structured, but slightly roomy blazers which offered a welcome balance to the tailored skirts and tops many of the models walked down the runway wearing.

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DKNY

For some, summer means a time where you can laze about, enjoying the heat, but for most people living in large cities, it’s a time where you’re sweltering on the subway, freezing in the office, and simply uncomfortable all the time. DKNY has sought to solve our summer wardrobe woes with the Spring 2012 collection. It was a show that had something for everyone. Girly girl? Try the bright pink mullet dress. Eclectic? Try one of the Marimekko-esque poppy prints. Hardcore city? Opt for either the opening look, which paired a slim blazer with a white shirtdress, or the black finale dress that paired sheer with shiny in a fluid maxi dress. Comfort reigned supreme but style ultimately won out.

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

Held on the 10-year anniversary of September 11th, Diane von Furstenberg’s collection was fittingly titled Beginning. Furstenberg explained to New York Magazine that her “show is about the dawn, it’s about hope, it’s about life. It started with Africa, but there’s very little Africa left — it’s just the inspiration. But the hope, the hope! I’m promoting hope.” In front of an audience that included Valentino and Oscar de la Renta, Furstenberg presented her Spring 2012 collection that, true to the designer’s statement with its whites, brights, and prints, felt nothing if not optimistic.

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images: IMAXtree via thefashionspot.com

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