The New Mixed Media: Last fall's mix and match accents are about to be much more intense than just leather sleeves. Labels like BCBG Max Azria, Nicole Miller and Diane von Furstenburg all threw multiple fabrics on the same garment -- and made it work. Victoria Beckham effectively gave her coats a dip-dye look by pairing plaid wool with cobalt-blue leather, and Rebecca Minkoff added oversized fur collars to her tweed-and-leather jackets.
Textured Skirts: We fell in love with Diane von Furstenburg's metallic crocodile skirt the second it hit the runway. Other designers, like 3.1 Phillip Lim and Tommy Hilfiger, gave their pieces dimension with embossed techniques, while Tory Burch opted for perforated leather. We also adore the rows of studs on the punky Belstaff mini.
90s - Grunge Meets Hip Hop: All hail the ultimate era of teenage angst -- the '90s are back. This time, we're seeing a marriage of Aaliyah-meets-Kurt-Cobain fashion, like the leather pants paired with crop tops at Herve Leger, or BCBG's slouchy beanies and oversized puffer coats with fur collars (Biggie would be proud). Deep red lipsticks and graffitti prints made an appearance at Vivienne Tam, as well as tie-dye and acid-wash denim at Rodarte.
Optical Illusion Prints: It's no coincidence that print kings and queens Diane von Furstenburg, Tory Burch and Marc by Marc Jacobs all showed brain-wrinkling patterns for fall. Whether the print is small and resembles the game on the back of a cereal box (remember those?), like Karen Walker, or big and bold like Jeremy Laing, this trend works both ways.
Multi-Color Fur: Brightly colored fur was flying all over the fall runways, most notably in multi-color swatches and intricate designs, as noted by the stripes and squares at Custo Barcelona and Prabal Gurung, respectively. 3.1 Phillip Lim featured camo-like patchwork, while the patterns at Altuzarra and BCBG Max Azria resembled a Rorschach test.
The New Red: Our beloved oxblood gets a run for its money next fall when this brighter mix of burgundy and red takes hold. Diane von Furstenburg used it beautifully in velvet, and Derek Lam took it for a test drive in fur. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Taylor and BCBG Max Azria kept the shade simple in easy dresses and sweaters.
Exaggerated Animal Prints: We also saw all manner of the animal kingdom throughout the week, though not at all in the traditional sense. There were eye-catching zebra patterns on everything from sweaters to skirts at Tracy Reese, and blown-up and simplified snake prints at Diane von Furstenburg. Even the almighty leopard got an update, with its abstract and colorful leopard looks at DKNY.