Distilling dozens of designer collections isn't easy. But after a month-long cavalcade of fashion weeks in the style capitals of Paris, Milan, London and
, here goes — our picks for the fall-winter 2011 season's top five trends.
The newest-looking outerwear pieces for the season are capes and ponchos. There was one or the other in nearly every collection, and choices to suit nearly every mood, from sporty (Rag & Bone) to sleek (
) to sex kitten (
Fur has been a perennial on the fall-winter runways for several years now. So this season, designers had to use it even more creatively to get our attention — on goggle straps (Wang), dickies (
), cross-body bags (
) and even grocery carts that models wheeled down the runway (
It was the stuff of plains women at
, ladylike artistes at
and fetish queens at Louis Vuitton. Lace embellished everything, even the models' faces, at
There were nods to mod at
. And the entire
collection was inspired by 1960s supermodel Jean Shrimpton. Other designers (at
) took midcentury couture shapes and translated them for today, using modern materials and sportswear accents.
Forget the greasy hair and thrift store finds of the Kurt and Courtney days. Grunge went glam on the runways at
and Alexander Wang, with a long, lanky silhouette and long, loose layers of rich fabric.