Top Runway Trends from Fall 2011 Fashion Week

From heavy-duty parkas and fine lace to slit skirts and ladies in red, we round up the top looks on the fall runways at New York Fashion Week.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A model walks the runway at the Prabal Gurung Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on February 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images for IMG)
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From heavy-duty parkas and fine lace to slit skirts and ladies in red, we round up the top looks on the fall runways at New York Fashion Week.
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<strong>HEAVY-DUTY PARKAS:</strong> One of the biggest overarching silhouettes of the week featured rough-and-tumble, oversize jackets, often with luxurious touches like fur collars. Here, a winter white version at Rag & Bone.
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Heavy-Duty Parkas: Vera Wang, Fall 2011.
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Heavy-Duty Parkas: Altuzarra, Fall 2011.
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Heavy-Duty Parkas: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Fall 2011.
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Heavy-Duty Parkas: Alexander Wang, Fall 2011.
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<strong>TOUCHES OF FUR:</strong> Not only did furry jackets make appearances all over the runways for fall -- whether in technicolor hues or natural tones -- but fur embellishments littered everything from the backs of coats to shoes. Here, an oversize furry collar at Marc by Marc Jacobs.
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Touches of Fur: Alexander Wang, Fall 2011.
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Touches of Fur: Rachel Roy, Fall 2011.
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Touches of Fur: Prabal Gurung, Fall 2011.
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Touches of Fur: Vera Wang, Fall 2011.
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Touches of Fur: Alexander Wang, Fall 2011.
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Touches of Fur: Bibhu Mohapatra, Fall 2011.
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Touches of Fur: Peter Som, Fall 2011.
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<strong>SLIT SKIRTS:</strong> Hemlines may have been longer on the fall runways, but many skirts were slit right up to the thigh bone in one of the sexiest looks of the season. Here, a chunky knit sweater with a slit skirt at Altuzarra.
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Slit Skirts: Jason Wu, Fall 2011.
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Slit Skirts: Sophie Theallet, Fall 2011.
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Slit Skirts: ADAM, Fall 2011.
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Slit Skirts: Michael Kors, Fall 2011.
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<STRONG>JEWEL TONES AND PRIMARY COLORS:</strong> Who says Fall and Winter are all about subdued colors? The Fall 2011 runways were littered with pops of cobalt blue, saffron, and emeralds. Here, a bright blue alternative to the traditional navy peacoat paired with a bright yellow swing skirt at Karen Walker.
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Jewel Tones and Primary Colors: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Fall 2011.
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Jewel Tones and Primary Colors: Diane von Furstenberg, Fall 2011.
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Jewel Tones and Primary Colors: Diane von Furstenberg, Fall 2011.
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Jewel Tones and Primary Colors: Ralph Lauren, Fall 2011.
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Jewel Tones and Primary Colors: Rachel Comey, Fall 2011.
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Jewel Tones and Primary Colors: Rag & Bone, Fall 2011.
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<strong>LACE:</strong> Despite the overwhelming emphasis on American sportswear on the New York runways for Fall 2011, some old fashioned aesthetics remained in the form of lace details and, in the case of this Marc Jacobs dress, entire ensembles made of lace.
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Lace: Jason Wu, Fall 2011.
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Lace: ADAM, Fall 2011.
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Lace: Bibhu Mohapatra, Fall 2011.
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Lace: Prabal Gurung, Fall 2011.
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<strong>CALF-LENGTH HEMLINES:</strong> Skirts are definitely lengthening for Fall, and the most popular length in the shows was the below-the-knee, swing silhouette, like this Altuzarra dress.
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Calf-length Hemlines: Vena Cava, Fall 2001.
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Calf-length Hemlines: Rodarte, Fall 2011.
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Calf-length Hemlines: Rachel Comey, Fall 2011.
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Calf-length Hemlines: Karen Walker, Fall 2011.
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<strong>Winter Whites:</strong> While creams and whites have always made fashion-forward options in the cooler months (Labor Day rules be darned), there was an abundance of white ensembles and dresses on runways for Fall 2011.
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Winter Whites: Vera Wang, Fall 2011.
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Winter Whites: Derek Lam, Fall 2011.
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Winter Whites: Calvin Klein, Fall 2011.
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Winter Whites: ADAM, Fall 2011.
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Winter Whites: Rodarte, Fall 2011.
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Winter Whites: Prabal Gurung, Fall 2011.
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<strong>BUFFALO PLAID:</strong> A simpler, sportier plaid took hold on the runways -- in some cases, the print was washed-out and dreamy, or in the case of this Thakoon dress, the check was quite vibrant.
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Buffalo Plaid: ADAM, Fall 2011.
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Buffalo Plaid: Chris Benz, Fall 2011.
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Buffalo Plaid: Suno, Fall 2011.
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Buffalo Plaid: Karen Walker, Fall 2011.
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Buffalo Plaid: Derek Lam, Fall 2011.
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<strong>PRINT-MIXING</strong>: The pattern-mixing trend sees no signs of slowing down, though the combinations for Fall were a touch more muted, focusing on tone-on-tone matches. Here, Thakoon's Fall 2011 runway.
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Print-Mixing: ADAM, Fall 2011.
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Print-Mixing: Rachel Comey, Fall 2011.
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Print-Mixing: Diane von Furstenberg, Fall 2011.
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Print-Mixing: Suno, Fall 2011.
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Print-Mixing: Gary Graham, Fall 2011.
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<strong>LADIES IN RED</strong>: This season, every designer wanted to have a red dress on the runway, whether rendered in silk or, in the case of Diane von Furstenberg, sequins.
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Ladies in Red: Rodarte, Fall 2011.
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Ladies in Red: Peter Som, Fall 2011.
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Ladies in Red: Prabal Gurung, Fall 2011.
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Ladies in Red: Sophie Theallet, Fall 2011.
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Ladies in Red: Vera Wang, Fall 2011.
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Ladies in Red: Jason Wu, Fall 2011.
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Ladies in Red: Marc Jacobs, Fall 2011.
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