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Sunday February 28th

Dress Code

New York Fashion Week

It’s that time of year again. I’m not talking about that fact that tar heel football has begun or that midterms are looming above our heads.

Nope, I’m talking about the fact that New York Fashion Week officially kicked off Thursday.

With more than 80 runway shows over the course of seven days (averaging approximately 10-12 shows per day), the halls of the country’s biggest fashion businesses empty, scattering assistants and interns to fend for themselves while the Anna Wintours and Jim Nelsons of the world set out to watch the biggest trends of Spring 2012 come to life.

I hope to one day be able to attend the extravaganza that we know as Fashion Week. But for now, I am following the shows closely on social media networks and fashion websites and want to update you on what has been on the runway so far.

Although there has not been one overbearing trend in the shows, there have still been several notable fashion forward points to look out for in Spring 2012.

Colors: There are so many wonderful, luminous colors showing up on the runways. I pretty much want to fast forward to spring right now. Tracy Reese’s collection previewed lots of coral and carolina blue, while Jill Stuart and ADAM’s collections displayed more salmon, lavender and sunshine yellow. Although these shades vary, there is one commonality for spring: if you’re wearing color, keep it bright.

Lines: Overall, there were a lot of horizontal lines at the lower waist and, in continuation of fall, cinching in the upper waist line. I have seen very few low cut waist lines so I assume that confirms that I need to throw away my favorite pair of super low-rise, 90s bell bottoms. Check out BCBG’s show for some great color blocking and unusual, but highly flattering, lines.

Patterns and Florals: Florals are literally everywhere for spring. Place some daisies on your pants and a bouquet into your blouse — just don’t forget to get one to two hours of sun and adequate water every day. Lela Rose’s collection had florals sprouting from several of her bottoms while Nicole Miller placed a funky pattern in almost every piece.

So enjoy! And don’t forget to follow us on twitter to get campus fashion updates… #allthetime

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