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NYFW Spring 2012

September 20, 2011

NYFW Wrap-Up 2: The Shoes!

Apart from all the excitement of the runway shows, there’s one other thing that gets our hearts racing at Fashion Week: the shoes! Crystal, our NYFW style spotter, kept an eye to the ground for all of us shoe addicts out there and reported back on the nine showstopping trends that she saw all over NYC streets.

1 – Animal Print. Not just for shoes—this is showing up on everything—but a great animal-print pump reigns king of the closet in our book.

2 – Blocked Heels. Chunky. A little retro. Perfectly grounded. Call it what you like, this heel is perfect for balancing cuffed jeans and a chunky knit sweater. Or skew a little ’70s with wide-leg pants or a midi-length dress.

3 – Casual Lace-ups. There’s just something about leather and laces that adds a hiking or Victorian vibe to boots or a little flirty flare to oxford pumps and platform booties.

4 – Pointed Toes. The perfect way to add a subtle note of drama and elevate a more minimal look.

5 – Ladylike Loafers. Pair these with cropped pants or longer-length dresses and midcalf socks, for example.

6 – Menswear Inspired. Details like tassels, kiltie fringe and brogueing add a witty touch to a feminine silhouette.

7 – Snake Prints. The animal kingdom takes another bite out of fall trends—seen everywhere, but especially on shoes and handbags.

8 – Wedges. We’re loving these in ankle- and knee-high boots—looking gorgeous in suede and animal prints, too.

9 – Color Blocking. Either a bold color or mix of colors in the shoe, a controlled clash remains hot through the season.

Fashion Week has come to a close, but it’s been so inspiring to interview and photograph so many fashionable and talented people. It’s also been a pleasure to bring you all a little piece of New York Fashion Week! I hope you enjoyed the posts and found some fashion inspiration for the coming season.

Some last notes: Texture is going to be important this season—think fur, leather, exotic skins. Maxi and midi lengths are holding strong, while all things menswear-inspired are gaining momentum. Capes and blazers are the fall coats of choice, and the ever-versatile wedge is ruling the footwear world. And don’t forget about the classic preppy loafer!

Thank you all for your readership—I’ve loved seeing your comments and feedback on the blog. Keep it coming, and have fun this fall trying all the new trends!

Until next time…

xo, Crystal

Kayla, a stylist from Los Angeles, says she loves living in California because she never has to worry about the weather turning cold. She wears preppy shorts and miniskirts year-round and will just add fun tights if need be.

I love her simple, classic outfit, and the hint of shimmer in her skirt adds just the right amount of texture. She’s having a ball at her very first Fashion Week, and she says the style outside the tents is almost more inspiring than the shows. I must agree!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Classic White Button-Downs | Bold Gold-Tone Necklaces | Mini & Knee Lengths

Our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Lafayette 148 New York 'Audrey' Shirt

Sequin Textured 'Status' Link Necklace

Eileen Fisher Pleat Waist Skirt

Tali’s subtle touches are what elevate this simple ensemble. I love the soft drape and rich jewel tone of her skirt, and her minimal accessories add just enough shine.

Tali is the outerwear director for Adidas, and she says she’s delighted to see a sportswear influence on many of the runways this week. She’s glad that fashion is embracing and elevating athletic wear to new heights. It’s definitely a trend to watch!

xo, Crystal

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Drapey Dresses | Simply Beautiful Accessories | Quilted Handbags

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Black Halo 'Jill' Jersey Minidress

Simon Sebbag ‘Organic’ Botswana Agate Necklace (Nordstrom Exclusive)

MARC JACOBS 'Baroque XL Single' Lambskin Leather Shoulder Bag

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Lauren is wearing many current trends, but she makes it look easy! From her statement necklace to her Alexander Wang handbag to her high-slit maxi, she looks put together, but not overdone.

As a fashion director, Lauren says she can’t wait to bring what she’s seen on the runway to her customers. She’s excited to see maxi skirts continue their popularity this fall, and she wants to try the wide-leg pants trend next. Me too!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Neutral Long-Sleeve Tops | Maxi Lengths | Statement Necklaces

Our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Vince Silk Blouse

Leith Crepe Maxi Skirt

Sequin Katherine Multi Tier Long Necklace

Although she was rushing to her next show, the inimitable Joanna Coles was gracious enough to pause for a photo. The editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, Joanna makes fashion accessible.

I love the contrast of her bright-yellow pants and her dark, dreamy blouse. Joanna is known for her anti-fussy, simply chic ensembles, and today she stayed true to her style.

xo, Crystal

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Totes | Neutral Platform Sandals | Printed Long-Sleeve Tops

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Halogen® Dual Tone Tote

Diane von Furstenberg 'Zia' Platform Sandal

T Tahari Blouse

Shantal’s bright blouse and leather shorts are not to be missed. I love that she keeps her accessories neutral and lets her vibrant color blocking take the lead.

Shantal tells me that she always pushes herself to try new trends, and she loves everything about Fashion Week. Her favorite highlight? Interviewing Miss J from America’s Next Top Model!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Fashion Shorts | Colorful Tops | Neutral Pumps

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Ella Moss Cotton & Silk Shorts

Equipment 'Signature' Silk Shirt

Prada Platform Pump

Ann’s playful print only adds more interest to her retro Sophia Loren-style ensemble. Polka dots are having a moment, and I love how Ann lets the print take center stage by pairing her blouse with a classic black pencil skirt.

Although she’s working a 1950s silhouette, Ann says she wants to experiment with an Ali MacGraw, ’70s-boho look this fall. As a stylist and contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, she says her closet is bursting at the seams, but that she wouldn’t have it any other way!

xo, Crystal

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Classic Pencil Skirts | Heeled Sandals | Printed Blouses

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T Tahari 'Brie' Skirt

Jimmy Choo 'Blade' Cuff Sandal

MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Kristi' Crêpe de Chine Silk Blouse

Sydne’s back! And, once again, she’s working the up-to-the-minute trends. Her bright-orange pencil skirt perfectly complements her sheer animal-print blouse, and I love her skinny leopard belt.

Sydne says that color is an important element to her style—especially during the gloomy winter months. Of course, we had to have another photo shoot for her blog before parting!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Sheer Tops | Skinny Belts | Colorful Skirts

Our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Haute Hippie Leopard Print Chiffon Blouse

MICHAEL Michael Kors Reversible Leather Belt

Halogen® Seamed Pencil Skirt

The lovely Kristin was on her way to the Herve Leger show when I crossed her path for an impromptu photo session. Her bright-yellow lace dress is a great, simple piece that could work in any season.

Kristin says she is currently inspired by the boho look, but she loves glitter and bright colors, too. Her wide-brim hat is on point for fall, as are her classic loafers.

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Loafers for Women | Yellow Dresses | Floppy Hats

Our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Prada Moccasin Loafer

Donna Morgan Ruched Chiffon Dress

Tarnish Floppy Hat