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Bidding Adieu to High Summer Style

By Patrick Michael Hughes | August 23, 2012 7:44am

MANHATTAN — With days getting shorter, the nights cooler and Labor Day just around the corner, we'd like to take time to pay homage to some of the wonderful summer looks we spotted on the streets this year.

Citrus-colored outfits, neon pieces, dipped ombré tank tops, summer white, seersucker and novelty prints are hard part with as New Yorkers struggle to hold on to the last days of summer. However, like many clothes-conscious city dwellers, Street Chic has moved on as the new fashion season has already hit the avenues.

Fashion Week will soon be in full force, and the designers, editors and insiders in the industry will soon crowd stylish venues, watering holes and cafés espousing Fall 2012 lines — and in some cases Resort 2013 and even Spring 2013.

The summer’s key looks were short, sheer, colorful and bare. Neon is a wonderful warm-weather statement, and it caught our attention when mixed with trendy, gym-inspired knits and open-weave light-colored totes.

Street Chic was quite taken with knockout mixtures of primary and tertiary colors of red and lavender, and ombré indigo also made a splash. Primary colors and indigo tones will carry over into fall collections as well, specifically Carolina Herrera and 'S Max Mara's seasonal pieces.

Woodrow Monteiro in a bold summer stripe T-shirt in Soho.
Woodrow Monteiro in a bold summer stripe T-shirt in Soho.
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Nature and feminine sensibilities were also significant players, and Street Chic enjoyed all of the diaphanous waterfall skirts, floral beaded sandals and the sweet gamine-style dresses with fruit prints, lace trim Peter Pan collars and ballet flats. The continuation of prints and novelty looks for Fall 2012 will take a more graphic, sophisticated and Op art twist, particularly the pants in the collections of Prada and Rochas.

The plethora of classic bold stripes was also very wonderful to behold, from color blocking to the French naval-inspired looks. Summer stripes will give way to fabric and texture blocking in silk, twill and Linton Tweed — like the fashions seen in the Giambattisa Valli collection.

Street Chic acknowledges that September will still have very warm days — however, fashion must move on.