Fall '13: Cool Trends at NY Fall Fashion Week

Sporty mini dresses, over-the-knee boots, and (for the daring) giant fur mittens are hot for fall 2013.

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One of the most curious trends to emerge on the fall '13 catwalks is the "fuzzy mitten," which was made to look like a super-luxe black boxing glove at Alexander Wang.
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The look also turned up at Altuzarra in a long goat-haired version. While we don't anticipate wearing these on the subway next winter, we're certain that street style favorites like Anna Dello Russo and Michelle Harper will more than adequately rock the trend for the rest of us.
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Clean, geometric looks like the triangular printed tops at Derek Lam added a crisp, modern appeal to ladylike skirts and low heels.
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At Marc by Marc Jacobs, geometric prints like this green and blue motif added splashy retro flare to simple turtleneck dresses and casual separates.
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One emerging micro-trend is less about a specific piece than a head-to-toe look: at Theyskens Theory, a long camel blazer was styled with sexy over-the-knee leather boots and simple black gloves.
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A startlingly similar look turned up at 3.1 Phillip Lim, where the designer paired a slouchy camel blazer with a matching turtleneck, a black carryall and pale lilac sunglasses.
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The ladylike peplum continues to prove its staying power: at Richard Chai, girlish off-the-shoulder blouses in floral printed tweeds were finished with subtly flared hems.
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The look also cropped up at Jason Wu, were luxe school-girl dresses with white collars and polka-dot motifs were finished with playful peplumed waists.
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Sporty looks have been gaining momentum on the catwalks for several season, but the trend was more refined for fall 2013. At Rag & Bone, techie mini dresses featured bright-orange panels and contrasting black sleeves.
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Similarly, Victoria Beckham rendered colorful, sporty shapes onto stretchy mini dresses like this slinky turtleneck version.
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Houndstooth checks cycle in and out of fashion, but the traditional motif seems to have taken off for fall '13. At Tommy Hilfiger, grey and black checks showed up on everything from mini skirts to turtleneck dresses and outerwear.
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The houndstooth motif was more exaggerated at Michael Kors, who rendered a blown-up check in stark black and white onto evening wraps and cropped jackets.
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Rag & Bone also offered a number of houndstooth-check pieces, though leather accents and sporty details (like the drawstrings on this funnel-neck knit) added edge.
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Hold on to your favorite leather pieces, because this trend isn't going anywhere next fall. Phillip Lim put a casual spin on the look by using soft black leather for a classic sweatshirt shape.
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Alexander Wang might not be capable of resisting the lure of luxe leather accents (which he adds to his collections time and time again)--but we're okay with that, because he does the look so well.
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