Runway Trend Watch: Print Mash-Ups and Fur

The shows go on and trends emerge - some of our favorites so far are all about flamboyance, in the form of mixed prints and fur accents on just about everything.

Of course, piling on prints is not for the faint of heart, so it's only natural that it's taken a few seasons to reach a crescendo.  Fall 2010 has entered the race, with Rag & Bone showing plaid on stripes, plaid on rainbow crochet, plaid on camo, and Organic by John Patrick giving its own take, matching tartan with florals. 

Rachel Comey plays around with printed sheers on wavy textured silk and muted florals, while Charlotte Ronson did hers with stripes, giving the blossom patterns a Parisienne feel.  Perhaps the most exciting mix came from Bensoni - expertly curated looks brought together beautifully graphic checks with metallic patterns and florals in one fell swoop.  We like the cavalier, you-only-live-once attitude required for this trend, and can't wait to see it translated to the street come fall.

Equally prevalent and just as bold are the fur accents on coats, dresses and skirts.  Ohne Titel showed an opus of a coat whose voluminous front featured tiers of silky fur with a foundation of shearling leather peeking out in back.  And, as it's such a no-brainer for chillier temps, cozy fur muffler neck cocoons have showed up all over town, including on the runways of Jenni Kayne and Jeremy Laing, and as a capelet at Prabal Gurung

As anyone who's living through our current February freeze knows, fur is for both style and survival. 

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