I’ve just come back from the week of full-fledged fashion frenzy that is New York Fashion Week. From downtown lofts to the tents of Mercedes-Benz at Lincoln Center, it is always inspiring to see what will be coming a season ahead. Many of the trends from this fall, such as black, gold, and lace, will follow into spring. But be prepared for a lot of pretty. Spring will be abloom with a palette of pastels and petals, with tulle and organza galore! From the confections of Christian Siriano‘s ballet-inspired collection . . .

. . . to the elegant embroidered dresses at Lela Rose . . .

. . . to the red carpet–ready gowns at Reem Acra (I’m thinking this is perfect for Claire Danes when she accepts her Emmy for Homeland) . . .

. . . it was all about the flow—for dressy extravagances like those above, but also for day, as seen in this exquisite floral dress by J. Mendel.

Feminine peeks of tulle and organza made their way into daytime as well. While Tory Burch‘s travel-inspired boho chic showed this taffeta-appliquéd tulle top with an ethnic fringed knit skirt, it could just as easily mix with elegant winter white wool pants for early spring and then morph into full summer over a shorter jaunty white skirt or jeans (a summer staple that should be in every woman’s wardrobe. I think I have five pairs in all different weights and styles).

Just as the rules for wearing white after Labor Day have relaxed, materials are now crossing seasons as well. There was quite a bit of leather on the runway for spring, especially laser cut with airy designs. Reem Acra showed hers in eye-popping primaries with fun color contrasting pumps.

While black and white (together and separately) are still in the mix for spring, I am happy to say that navy is back in a big way. This fall and winter we will be seeing a mix of the two. Think Yves Saint Laurent. It’s a classic French combo, and for spring, it’s lighter, in both construction and material. It doesn’t get any chicer than these inky ensembles from Reem Acra.

And we’ll all be seeing some stripes this spring; whether wide bands or narrow, it’s a graphic alternative to the flow. At Michael Kors, we saw a nostalgic graphic inspiration, in tandem with navy, for both men and women. And note how he mixed the navy with a yellow leather skirt—two trends in one!

Brighter blues also made the cut for the spring color story. Lace and turquoise were stunning at Norman Ambrose, while Michael Kors channeled Courrèges for his tailored retro-chic coat.

So as you’re out shopping this fall and are tempted by any pieces that fit these categories, remember that they will be having a longer life come spring.

Photos: Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

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