Top Fall Trends from the New York Fashion Week Runways

From thigh-high slits to East Asian influences, here's the trends to watch out for come September.

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We sifted through hundreds of shows at New York Fashion Week to find the top trends to watch out for come September. First up, WINTER WHITES: While all-white ensembles are a frequent sight on spring runways, the fall shows offered up plenty of versions with chunky knits and chic coats that were winter-appropriate.
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WINTER WHITES: Alexander Wang, Fall 2012.
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WINTER WHITES: Reed Krakoff, Fall 2012.
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WINTER WHITES: Peter Som, Fall 2012.
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WINTER WHITES: Boy by Band of Outsiders, Fall 2012.
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WINTER WHITES: Derek Lam, Fall 2012.
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TEA PARTY DRESSING: The hem length for fall is squarely below the knee, and many designers sent out tea party-appropriate looks topped with ladylike collars (sometimes a white shirt layered under a dress), prints, and embellishments.
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TEA PARTY DRESSING: Oscar de la Renta, Fall 2012.
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TEA PARTY DRESSING: Derek Lam, Fall 2012.
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TEA PARTY DRESSING: J.Crew, Fall 2012.
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TEA PARTY DRESSING: Victoria Beckham, Fall 2012.
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TEA PARTY DRESSING: Marc Jacobs, Fall 2012.
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ASIAN INFLUENCES: The pull of the Far East littered the fall runways in New York, from Japanese-inspired prints and styling at Proenza Schouler to Jason Wu's homage to China's Forbidden City.
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ASIAN INFLUENCES: Jason Wu, Fall 2012.
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ASIAN INFLUENCES: Jason Wu, Fall 2012.
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ASIAN INFLUENCES: Zac Posen, Fall 2012.
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ASIAN INFLUENCES: Proenza Schouler, Fall 2012.
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ASIAN INFLUENCES: Zac Posen, Fall 2012.
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ASIAN INFLUENCES: Proenza Schouler, Fall 2012.
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ASIAN INFLUENCES: Rag & Bone, Fall 2012.
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BRIGHT COLORS: Ultra-brights like violet and maroon aren't exactly the kinds of colors one is accustomed to seeing on the fall runways, but this season, New York designers were thinking optimistic and rendering winter gear in bold hues.
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BRIGHT COLORS: Proenza Schouler, Fall 2012.
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BRIGHT COLORS: Prabal Gurung for ICB, Fall 2012.
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BRIGHT COLORS: Marc Jacobs, Fall 2012.
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BRIGHT COLORS: Diane von Furstenberg, Fall 2012.
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BRIGHT COLORS: Chris Benz, Fall 2012.
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BRIGHT COLORS: Vera Wang, Fall 2012.
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BRIGHT COLORS: J.Crew, Fall 2012.
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BRIGHT COLORS: Diane von Furstenberg, Fall 2012.
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LEATHER DRESSES: Leather was big on the runways last fall, and it looks like that trend will continue through next season. Specifically, look to snap up a leather dress; There seemed to be limitless varieties on the New York runways.
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LEATHER DRESSES: Calvin Klein, Fall 2012.
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LEATHER DRESSES: Rodarte, Fall 2012.
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LEATHER DRESSES: Michael Kors, Fall 2012.
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LEATHER DRESSES: Sachin + Babi, Fall 2012.
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LEATHER DRESSES: Derek Lam, Fall 2012.
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LACQUERED LOOKS: In addition to the leather pieces, many designers opted to give a variety of fabrics a slick coating for a more high-tech, sleek look -- without the weight of leather.
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LACQUERED LOOKS: Alexander Wang, Fall 2012.
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LACQUERED LOOKS: Ohne Titel, Fall 2012.
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LACQUERED LOOKS: Peter Som, Fall 2012.
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LACQUERED LOOKS: Thakoon, Fall 2012.
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LACQUERED LOOKS: Reed Krakoff, Fall 2012.
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FUR ACCENTS: Forget the conventional furry vests, collars, and wraps; Fall's furry additions came in less conventional forms, like sleeves and skirts.
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FUR ACCENTS: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Fall 2012.
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FUR ACCENTS: Marc Jacobs, Fall 2012.
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FUR ACCENTS: Theyskens' Theory, Fall 2012.
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FUR ACCENTS: Vera Wang, Fall 2012.
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FUR ACCENTS: Jason Wu, Fall 2012.
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FUR ACCENTS: Vera Wang, Fall 2012.
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FUR ACCENTS: Alexander Wang, Fall 2012.
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BLACK-OUT: New York is known for being a city of black, and few fashion weeks have felt quite as black-on-black-on-black as this one. If the week had a reputation for being a bit less than thrilling, it may have been because of the sheer amount of black on the runways.
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BLACK OUT: The Row, Fall 2012.
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BLACK OUT: Ralph Lauren, Fall 2012.
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BLACK OUT: Peter Som, Fall 2012.
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BLACK OUT: Alexander Wang, Fall 2012.
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BLACK OUT: Prabal Gurung, Fall 2012.
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BLACK OUT: Proenza Schouler, Fall 2012.
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LIQUID GOLD: If the evening wear on the New York runways had a single theme, it was gold, with gowns rendered in liquid-like metallics that practically dripped off the catwalk.
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LIQUID GOLD: Prabal Gurung, Fall 2012.
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LIQUID GOLD: Ralph Lauren, Fall 2012.
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LIQUID GOLD: Marchesa, Fall 2012.
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LIQUID GOLD: Marchesa, Fall 2012.
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LIQUID GOLD: Oscar de la Renta, Fall 2012.
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FOREST GREEN: Among the season's more traditional hues -- pumpkin orange, burgundy, deep purple -- this deep, lush green was a stand-out, and matched well with a variety of other colors.
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FOREST GREEN: Peter Som, Fall 2012.
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FOREST GREEN: Jason Wu, Fall 2012.
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway at the Zac Posen Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images)
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FOREST GREEN: Wes Gordon, Fall 2012.
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FOREST GREEN: Sachin + Babi, Fall 2012.
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FOREST GREEN: Rachel Roy, Fall 2012.
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FALL FLORALS: Floral prints aren't just for spring anymore. The fall runways offered a number of deep, moody prints that gave the pattern's femininity a bit of an edge.
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FALL FLORALS: Peter Som, Fall 2012.
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FALL FLORALS: Suno, Fall 2012.
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FALL FLORALS: Prabal Gurung for ICB, Fall 2012.
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FALL FLORALS: DKNY, Fall 2012.
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FALL FLORALS: Preen, Fall 2012.
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FALL FLORALS: Marc Jacobs, Fall 2012.
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SLIT SKIRTS: Another trend that has carried over from Fall 2011 to Fall 2011 is skirts slit high up the leg, offering a bit of thigh from beneath all those below-the-knee and floor-length skirts.
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SLIT SKIRTS: Rachel Zoe, Fall 2012.
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SLIT SKIRTS: Jason Wu, Fall 2012.
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SLIT SKIRTS: Donna Karan, Fall 2012.
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SLIT SKIRTS: Rodarte, Fall 2012.
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SLIT SKIRTS: Naeem Khan, Fall 2012.
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SLIT SKIRTS: Altuzarra, Fall 2012.
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