Sequins for Spring 2012 at Jenny Packham, Anna Sui, and Jeremy Scott during New York Fashion Week.
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We're going to let you in on a secret: Spring 2012 is all about SPARKLE MOTION. That's right, when you emerge from your wintery cocoon-cave ready to breathe in the petunia fumes of a bright 'n' breezy day, imagine yourself bedazzled, nay BESPARKLED, in the sweetest of sequined embellishments. The spring collections shown at New York Fashion Week offered all kinds of shiny action for both day and night, making the prospect of wearing sequins all the more enticing. Besides, who doesn't want a little razzle-dazzle in their wardrobe?

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Nails from the Nicole Miller and Jen Kao Spring 2012 shows.
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When models hit the runway at New York Fashion Week, we "oohed" and "ahhed" at their to-die-for ensembles, swoon-worthy hair, and impeccable shoes. But little did WE know, the best part of the Spring 2012 looks was on their fingertips! Designers all across the board stepped up their nail game SO HARD that we couldn't wait to get our hands (heh) on the runway images after the show to get a closer view. Some of our favorite looks included Nicole Miller's hot pink and purple checkered nails that reflect perfectly on the collection's bright neon ensembles. We can think of endless color combos to try right when the weather gets warm! At Jen Kao, the nails were straight-up FIERCE. The black to red gradient on the almond-shaped tips scream, "Don't mess with me OR my nails!" We need these.

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Zany prints for Spring 2012 at Jeremy Scott, Rodarte, and Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne during New York Fashion Week.
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Why DOES it always have to be flowers and circles and lines and five-point stars strewn across our bodies? There are plenty of other graphics, other shapes, other species of flora that deserve a piece of garment real estate, so why not just fork it over?? A few brave designers dared to continue blazing the trail for unique and refreshingly unexpected patterns, like the produce-aisle-inspired pieces we saw Miuccia Prada and Stella McCartney forge ahead with for Spring 2011. This season, Jeremy Scott, Rodarte, and Abbey Dawn saddled up to guide us through the next big trend frontier: ZANY PRINTS!

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Sportswear for Spring 2012 at Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Ruffian during New York Fashion Week.
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Even if you're not really athletic, the sportswear trend that emerged from the Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week runways has you covered. And no, we're not talking the battered sneakers or faded college sorority T-shirts you still wear to the gym. We're talking luxe sportswear, light-as-air fabrics, sleek silhouettes, and lively bursts of color. We're talking Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Ruffian, who all displayed chic, sporty ensembles that you'd never actually wear to play sports, but would wear to convey your active, on-the-go lifestyle.

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Mixed prints for Spring 2012 at Charlotte Ronson, Anna Sui, and Karen Walker during New York Fashion Week.
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The mixing of prints, whether it's florals with stripes or variations of tribal patterns worn together, is a trend that designers have been dabbling in for the past two-ish seasons, but not until this New York Fashion Week's Spring 2012 shows has it really exploded into such a colossally unavoidable force. If you haven't already dipped your toes in the idea, now is definitely the time to start experimenting. The aforementioned florals + stripes combo is a tried-and-true one and a great starting point for working up to more advanced iterations like those seen this week from Charlotte Ronson, Anna Sui, and Karen Walker.

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Flares for Spring 2012 at Betsey Johnson, Alice + Olivia, and Anna Sui during New York Fashion Week.
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We'll always have a soft spot for the skinny pant leg, but if there's anything we picked up from New York Fashion Week's Spring 2012 shows, it's that billowy flares are back. It's as if the fashion gods have decided to give us all some breathing room from skintight silhouettes. To be sure, retro flared pants have enjoyed a surge of popularity recently, but never in such fun, playful prints as seen on the runways of Betsey Johnson, Alice + Olivia, and Anna Sui.

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High hair at Alice + Olivia, Mara Hoffman, and L.A.M.B. during New York Fashion Week.
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If there's one hair trend we were most TRANSFIXED by during the Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week collections, we'd have to say it was the emergence of HIGH HAIR. Not only has the topknot become the UP-DO du jour for the stylee-ist of gals in the tents this season (hi, Susie Bubble!), but it's made waves (and braids) in new incarnations on the runway too. One of our faves was Alice + Olivia, who went for a more classic look, opting to slick back the hair (another SPRING TREND) before shaping it into the BIGGEST BUN we've ever seen, all teased, smoothed, and wrapped to '60s debutante perfection.

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Neon colors for Spring 2012 at Mara Hoffman, Nicole Miller, and Christian Siriano during New York Fashion Week.
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If there was one predominant trend saturating the whole of New York Fashion Week, it had to be NEON. Yes, color is HUGE for Spring 2012, but the hues most frequently chosen across the designer spectrum were of the EYE-SEARING neon variety. Some used it as an accent color here or there, but other designers used it absolutely everywhere. Mara Hoffman, for instance, infused her Frida Kahlo-inspired "Mexican Mama" collection with jarring prints in all shades of electric-neon VIDA LOCA-ness. Nicole Miller used it sparingly, choosing to accentuate certain parts of dresses or using neon prints selectively as just skirts or tops. Christian Siriano, on the other hand, CRANKED IT. His show was a vivid jamboree of acid green and singeing orange. But WAIT, we haven't even touched upon the accessories yet...

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Alexa Chung, Emma Stone, and Kristen Bell all wear red crossbody bags abroad.
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It's time to say good-bye to living in swimsuits and denim shorts. Yes, folks, summer is officially over (sniffle, we know). Whether you had a vacation getaway or just chilled out at home, the sunny days are mere memories as we prepare for fall. We at MTV Style always find this transitional time of year uplifting—mostly due to New York Fashion Week, of course—and it's the thought of layered dressing and colorful scarves that get us through these almost-cool September days. But if there's one trend that allows us to capture the brightness of summer, an accessory to take with us that truly makes any drab ensemble pop, it's a red crossbody bag. Vacationing celebs like Alexa Chung, Emma Stone, and Kristen Bell all slung shades of scarlet over their monochromatic basics while overseas, and we're totally ready to steal (aka be inspired!) by this new MEGA-trend.

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Lady Gaga houndstooth

Lady Gaga, Evan Rachel Wood, and Ginnifer Goodwin do houndstooth three different ways.
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Leave it to Lady Gaga to start a MEGA-TREND. We'd like to say that she's the main inspiration behind the houndstooth mania sweeping celeb-u-land these days, but the two-tone check print is actually a big trend pattern for fall. (She totally kick-started it with that ALL-OVER HOUNDSTOOTH EXTRAVAGANZA she unveiled when hosting The View this summer, though.) Houndstooth has been making subtle appearances on the red carpet recently, such as on Evan Rachel Wood's feet at the premiere of her new film The Ides of March at the Venice Film Festival. Seriously, aren't those shoes TO DIE?! They're just the right amount of houndstooth for kicking up a basic black and white lady-suit or for tipping out layered patterns (à la Gaga). We're also really loving an edgier take on the houndstooth trend courtesy of Ginnifer Goodwin. The body-HUGGING Herve Leger minidress she wore to the Something Borrowed premiere took the houndstooth print to a whole new level with its alternating houndstooth stripes. Does it work? CHECK.

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