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Highlights of the New York Fall/Winter 2012 Collections

Photo: Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 Collection

- by Marilyn Kirschner

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Spring/Summer2012 Report
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Fall/Winter 2010 Report
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Bernadine Morris "Ten Best Looks" of the Spring 2006 Season
Fall/Winter 2005 Report
Bernadine Morris's "10 Best Looks" of the Fall 2005 Season
Sprijng/Summer 2005 Report
Bernadine Morris's "10 Best Looks" of the Spring 2005 Season
Fall/Winter 2004 Report
Bernadine Morris's "10 Best Looks" of the Fall 2004 Season
Spring/Summer 2004 Report
Bernadine Morris's "10 Best Looks" of the Spring 2004 Season

Fall/Winter 2003 Report
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"All the world's a stage: and all the men and women, merely players" (William Shakespeare)

Another fashion week has come to an end and we are now firmly ensconced in our new home, Lincoln Center. One can say many things about the departure from Bryant Park to the decidedly more upscale and iconic epicenter of the performing arts. Unfortunately, an unabashed creative and artistic surge on the part of the designers due to the more prestigious environs, is not one of them.

That's not to say the collections thus far have suffered from the move. It's just that they have not had any palpable impact on them. And it was unrealistic to think they would. In addition, it seems the more important, theatrical, dramatic moments of the week, have taken place off site (WAY off site in many cases). And as good as it is, New York is not Paris (as I was writing this, I was simultaneously watching the collections unfold abroad and suffice it to say, those amazing WOW moments of sublime creativity that have taken place on foreign soil, were practically non existent here).

That said, New York fashion week is a still a three ring circus filled with visual overload and I am constantly making observations and notations: not just about the news on the runways (or lack there of), but the scene OFF the runways, which can oft times be more interesting, if not more so. I have often found myself thinking about age old sayings and quotes (some of which have been around for centuries), and how perfectly they relate. So I thought that an appropriate way to sum up the season, would be to reference some of William Shakespeare's most iconic quotes, and that of other wise men and women, including some of our own fashion sages. (When possible, I will include the source). Keeping "Brevity is the soul of wit" (Shakespeare), in mind, I will attempt to keep this short and sweet.

"This above all, to Thine own self be true" (Shakespeare): It was a banner season for designers (both well AND newly established) doing what it is they do best. The most successful collections were filled with elements that bore the creators' unique stamps, even if, in a few cases (notably Thom Browne and Miguel Adrover), the results were unsurprisingly eccentric, if not admittedly a bit bizarre. 1 2 But hey, we all know what veteran pros ( Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Francisco Costa, Ralph Rucci, et. al. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11, are capable of doing, and we expect nothing less. Thus, for the jaded amongst us, it is especially rewarding to witness a new generation of designers, with their own singular approaches to modern luxury, come into their own. Among those who represent the future of fashion: