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Highlights from yesterday’s shows, including a verdant greenhouse at Erdem, an English summer at Burberry Prorsum, and a Louise Wilson homage at Christopher Kane.

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Erdem: Erdem Moralioglu ventured into the jungle with a collection that referenced Victorian biologist Marianne North. The combination of wild-meets-refined ran throughout the show in sumptuous foliage patterns overlaid on prim silhouettes.

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Highlights from yesterday’s shows: Mary Katrantzou‘s surprisingly stylish take on plate tectonics and primordial ooze, plus a quirky, off-kilter riff on the “faded glamour of the British seaside” from Topshop Unique.

Katrantzou’s muted palettes and restrained silhouettes serve as the perfect foil to her lavish inspiration: Paleozoic planet Earth. Brilliant, technically challenging constructions support her collection’s theme with an intelligence that’s outstanding, even in a sea of superstar peers.

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2015Tectonic plates have never looked so alluring.

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2015Algae blooms and coral reefs are downright ladylike rendered in embroidered lace.

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2015Katrantzou makes evolution look good with whimsical renderings of well-clad reptiles literally having a ball. 

On the other end of the intellectual spectrum, the girls of the Topshop Unique collection can’t get away from their textbooks fast enough. Who has time for geologic history when there are parties to hit? The collection is a giddy mashup of ’60s-inspired ruffles and sportswear, with a healthy dose of ’80s glam thrown in for good measure.

Topshop Unique Spring 2015It girl Cara Delevingne opened the show with a vintage-inspired look that’s half cocktail party and half après ski.

Topshop Unique Spring 2015Graphic stripes, color blocking and retro silhouettes evoke Brighton summers back when.

Topshop Unique Spring 2015Party dresses with chiffon and ruffles closed the show on a note so frothy that it stopped just shy of sarcastic.

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-Amy Leigh Morgan
photos: gorunway.com

As New York Fashion Week draws to a close and we move on to Europe, here’s our round-up of the top 10 trends, essential pieces and big ideas you’ll need come next spring. See you in London!

1. The Crisp White Shirt

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2. New Model Army

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3. Loosen Up

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4. Minimal Luxe Accessories

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5. Delicate Jewelry

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6. The Power of Pink

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7. Daytime Shine

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8. The Soft Full Skirt

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9. Tropical Prints

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10. The Utility Dress

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September 12, 2014

Trend Recap: New Model Army

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The military goes soft! Another trend that we have seen growing in importance throughout the week is a hybrid take on all things military and safari. Luxe fabrics in olive and khaki are key, and they are combined with utility details and relaxed silhouettes for the ultimate in laid-back chic. At ease!

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Crisp white shirts have been cropping up at practically every show this week. Wear one borrowed from the boys, buttoned up and tucked into a longer pencil skirt for minimal chic. Or consider a boho take on the trend with a longer tunic worn over cropped pants. Either way, everything looks easy with this simple piece.

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SHOP: Crisp White Shirt Trend

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September 12, 2014

Trend Recap: The New Luxe Bag

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The trend for bling has taken a backseat this week as designers look to classic functionality, restrained color and discreet details for spring’s most covetable bags. Consider this a buy-now, love-forever investment!

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SHOP: Luxe Bags

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The spring ’15 fashion fest wrapped up with shows from three of America’s most iconic designers. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s runways, including safari glam at Ralph Lauren, polished sport at Calvin Klein, and uniform play at Marc Jacobs.

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September 12, 2014

Trend Recap: Delicate Jewelry

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Delicate ‘personal’ jewelry has shown up throughout the week—in keeping with the loose and layered simplicity of many collections. Classic gold and silver are key for dainty layered chains, not to mention simple bangles worn one at a time and barely there rings.

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SHOP: Delicate Jewelry Trend

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September 12, 2014

Trend Recap: The Minimal Heel

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Keep things simple and sexy with next spring’s key essential sandal. Ankle strapped and with a timeless sophistication, the minimal heel is calling us back down to earth just a little!

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Shop ankle strap sandals to get the look!

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We’ve tallied up the highlights from yesterday’s shows—including Proenza Schouler’s American sportswear shake-up, Michael Kors’s summery ode to ’50s-era optimism, and the latest from BOSS and Betsey Johnson.

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Breaking with old-school tradition (per the Proenza Schouler norm), designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough ushered forth an irresistible new take on heritage-minded American sportswear with cutout argyle sweaters, perforated leather coats and open-weave crochet dresses.

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