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Fashion Week Wrap Up: What to Wear Now, What to Wear Next

By Della Hasselle | September 13, 2012 7:36am

LINCOLN SQUARE — As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week winds down to a close, the fashion-savvy visitors who stalked the tents at Lincoln Center gave their advice on what to wear — and what to run from — based on the work of the season's hottest designers.

Some of the most prominent trends from the Spring 2013 preview collections included wild patterns, tons of stripes, brocade fabrics, white-on-white outfits and other nude colors.

"Michael Kors just did a lot of really nice simple stripes, red and black," said Samantha Aldenton, an editorial assistant for WSGN.

"It was nothing too fussy."

Kors also showcased geometric dresses with bright green and blue block patterns on both men and women.

Green, in fact, seemed to be a recurring trend in many styles.

"There's definitely a lot of mint green coming out for the Spring," said fashion blogger and L.A. resident Sade Strehkle, who was wearing a mint green jacket herself.

"There's also sequins, jumpsuits and midriff baring tops," she added. "So ladies, get to your Pilates class."

Some of the trends that fashionistas say are on the forefront, but aren't quite ready to be worn yet, are gothic-looking capes by designer Mathieu Mirano and tiny tophats worn by women.

"It's a trend that's trying to come into style, but I'm not sure about it yet," said fashion blogger Alexis Morgan. "I might test the waters and see if other people wear it first."

There were other styles that the fashion-savvy said they would never wear, either this season or any other.

"I think some of the laser cutouts... are not for me," said Morgan, referring to the Alexander Wang collection of plunging necklines and racy slits in the middle of dresses and up the legs.

Other popular fashion faux pas items included completely sheer tops, bright green floral prints and all-over leather outfits.

And some fashionistas not-so-gently recommended that those experimenting with fashion remember the body types they have to deal with.

"Don't wear a midriff-bearing top if you have a belly," said Strehkle, shaking her head.

"Just don't do it."