NYFW: Spring 2012 Must-Haves

NYFW: Spring 2012 Must Haves
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 10, 2011

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If ever a man were a celeb favorite: it is Naeem Kahn. The dynamic designer is the go-to-guy for stars who want to turn up the glam for red carpet premiers. After checking out his Spring 2012 collection, we are sure his fans from Halle Berry to Mary J. Blige will not be disappointed. Kahn sent a pretty parade of gowns down the runway – each more sumptuous than the next. It was tough to pick just one, but this lovely yellow number was our favorite. From the lush color to the luxe fabric, it was just was the doctor ordered on this brisk fall day.

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We’ve seen many a lust-worthy show over the last few days. But Nanette Lepore’s collection is one that immediately leaps to the top of our ‘Want List.’ Her collection was sleek, sumptuous and so full of bright, vivid colors, we felt we were walking in a rainbow. Out of all the lovely looks, this is the one that caught our attention the most. The shape is loose, lovely and languid making for easy and chic wear. The colors – if you can handle them – pop against any complexion and makes you look as bright and beautiful as ever.

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Can we share something with you? Yesterday, we gasped! The Herve Leger show featured one breathtaking dress after another, all supplemented with glam, gladiator sandals which snaked up the calf to the knee. We were so taken by the combination of the strong and the sexy that we had to apoint the entire look today’s must have. We may not always have the body for a daring look like this one, but girls can dream right?

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Celebs turned designers are having a good season. Between Gwen Stefani and Victoria Beckham’s stellar collections is Rachel Zoe’s. The stylist debuted a spot on collection full of chic, easy, highly wearable pieces. Her grand, caftan style black and red dress landed her on today’s must-have list. The dress is glam enough for the catwalk but relaxed enough to wear on the sidewalk. We love this chic versatility!


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Tommy Hilfiger did good. The iconic designer sent a parade of breathtaking pieces down the runway. From boxy jackets like the one above to sleek separates, each item was crafted from light, fun prints! Our favorite of the bunch? These psychedelic plaid prints which simply lift your spirit on site. It’s no wonder then that from the pretty plaid onsie to the matching jacket and tote, Jourdan Dunn’s pretty print ensemble is today’s NYFW Must-Have.


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All together now: ‘Wow’! Once again the designer delivers a perfect collection full of mixed textiles and bright, bold colors. In homage to spring, Olowu created this breathtaking dress which maintains its strong structure and sophistication while celebrating feminine florals. We see this dress as a perfect conversation starter at a chic event or cocktail party. (please use image attached)


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On Day two of NYFW, what caught our attention – and held it – was this gorgeous sheer, printed, floral number by Rebecca Taylor. With a chic slip underneath and a relaxed jacket over it, this piece is a versatile piece could take you from day to night.


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Day ones’ top pick goes to the stunning platform sandals at the Nicholas K show. These shoes would be perfect paired with jeans or a shorts in the spring.