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Fashionistas Get an Early Jump on Fashion Week, Studs and All

By  Serena Solomon and Janet Upadhye | September 6, 2012 8:49am 

LINCOLN CENTER — As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week rolls into the city, New York’s fashion crowd is ready to greet it with a street style that hints at the Fall weather just around the corner.

Studs and leather details with a dose of rich burgundy were seen as the fashion world began to gather Wednesday at Lincoln Center for the Spring 2013 collection shows.

"At this Fashion Week people are going to want to be seen in a lot of studs and spikes," said Ebony Sumner, a fashion blogger who was at Lincoln Center to attend the week's first event, the Style Awards Wednesday night.

She pinned the trend to the shoe designer Christian Louboutin and his striking studded pumps.

"I like mixing the toughness of leather with the softness of sheer tops," said Alexis Morgen, who does social media in the fashion industry. She had paired black leather shorts with a delicate shirt topped off by strong gold accessories.

"Leather is a great compliment to any outfit," she said, adding that embellishing clothing with leather details such as collars and cuffs is an incoming trend. 

For Ryan Nickulas, a celebrity hairstylist, the atmosphere surrounding New York's most stylish event is a draw.

"My favorite aspect of fashion week is just the mayhem of it all," said Nickulas. Behind him photographers jostled their way into the fashion tents and street style bloggers snapped the guest list on their way into the event. 

"They individually dress for themselves," said Nickulas, of the catwalk that plays out in street style around Lincoln Center at Fashion Week time. "It can be great and horrific at the same time."

Reds and greens also made an appearance with the crowd going to the Style Awards.

"Its that whole transition from summer to fall," said Renaldo Vines, of his burgundy pants and tartan print tie.

"It looks like a great glass of merlot," he said. "You can't go wrong with it."