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Spring Styles, Hot Off N.Y. Runways

Designers big and small showed off their latest collections in the just-concluded Fashion Week in New York.

That one week usually determines almost every new style you'll be able to buy, come spring.

Joanna Coles, who began her new job as editor in chief of Marie Claire magazine just in time for Fashion Week, and kept a very close eye on what came down the runways.

She stopped by The Early Show Tuesday with a peek at the looks coming in vogue — or staying there.


The trend of flowers was found all over runways for spring. They are being shown in daytime and evening looks, exaggerated, over-the-top versions as well as less obvious ones in patterns or in the same color. Oscar de la Renta's collection includes a recurring Georgia O'Keeffe-style floral print, sometimes in bright red, other times in bright blue, while some designers opt for accents such as rosettes, as seen on the sleeves of one of Thakoon's evening dresses.


Something to look forward to after a season of mostly black are splashes of yellow, creating a spring in bloom. Designers are flourishing in yellow, be it in soft hues as featured in the Calvin Klein collection or in brighter spectrums as seen in Thakoon's lemony yellow pieces.


High waists began emerging in the fall collections, but are really coming into full bloom for spring. The classic look is easy to wear and elongates the body, as illustrated in many of the elegant and sophisticated designs by Oscar de le Renta and J. Mendel, as well as Peter Som.


"Less is more" will certainly hold true in the spring. Designers are using simple shapes to show off beautiful cuts. It's no frills — just the beautiful architecture of the outfit, as exemplified by Narciso Rodriguez and Derek Lam. It also continues to be the unwavering design philosophy behind Calvin Klein's modern, sophisticated, clean, minimal styles, part of what has made him an icon.


Bits of gold and silver were still seen on runways. However, overall, the colors are so demur that it is refreshing to see some hints of glitz to make a look more special, as seen in the Narciso Rodriguez and Behnaz Sarafpour's spring collections.
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