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Harnesses, gorilla arms, and covered faces were big trends at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week.

New York Fashion Week has wrapped, so now it's a time for reflection. A time to take stock and truly think about what trends to incorporate into your new fall wardrobe. It's also a time to look at videos made whilst one is tired and strangely retaining water in one's puffy moonface against the backdrop of spliced-in photos of models looking waifish and extra cheek-boney. SERIOUSLY, do I look like this? Also, don't answer that.

So, on to the point! Here, we have created a video for you that includes the four most notable trends of the season as gauged by prevalence on the runway: loooooong, lean lengths; leather; fur; and artful collars. From Rodarte's shearling dress to Herve Leger by Max Azria's leather harnesses, to the ubiquity of a thing called "gorilla arms," here is my enormous head looming before you in hopefully a nonthreatening (at the very least) manner to spasm chat about a New York Fashion Week fall trend cheat sheet. Namaste. Or whatever.


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Now that the New York Fashion Week shows are over, we can sit back and survey the week as a larger unit for next season's hottest trends! It appears mixed prints isn't a look that's cooling off any time soon. In fact, judging from this Fall 2012 showing, the wielding of layered patterns is only getting more extreme. Chances are good you've already started dabbling in the idea, but if not, we'll help you figure out a few ways to make the look work.


Looks from the Rebecca Minkoff, Honor, and Anna Sui Fall 2012 fashion shows.
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Remember how daunting colorblocking seemed, like, a year ago? And now you probably concoct bold outfits with the trend in your SLEEP. Once you get over the initial crazy feeling, it's easy to visiualize and craft a deliciously on-trend ensemble. Just like with colorblocking, it's important that all the hues you use fit within the same mood. Rebecca Minkoff mixed a marbled pumpkin knit with goldenrod snakeprint shorts which, in sentence form, sounds insane, but because they're both earthier, Thanksgiving-esque tones, the look is harmonious. Honor paired a thinly striped black and neon lime sweater with a pencil skirt diagonally tiered in exactly the same shades - a fool-proof recipe for flawless print mixing. The always imaginative Anna Sui also went for bold colors, mixing some varied shades of sapphire which may sound like a clashy mess at first, but with the right accessories and head-to-toe commitment, the final product is really fun and striking. Also, a simple hairdo is necessary.


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Christina Ricci on the September 2011 cover of "Nylon."
Photo: Courtesy of "Nylon"

Welcome back, Christina Ricci! Oh, how we've longed to see your always ADORABLE petite-girl style for what feels like sleepy, hollow EONS. Now, not only do we get to watch you ON A WEEKLY BASIS—in all your 1960s-coiffed glory—as part of the new TV series, Pan Am, we also get to copy your fall look courtesy of Nylon magazine's September issue. This IS a new look, right? We're assuming you've transitioned to a more NYC-friendly wardrobe as evidenced by your recent move to Brooklyn, but also due to MATURITY and an innate style eye for all things VINTAGE and FEMININE. So, Christina Ricci In NYLON mag, what else can you tell us about your cover girl transformation other than that it concerns mismatched prints and stripes?


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Summer slipper trend

Kelly Osbourne, Naya Rivera, and Pixie Lott in their finest loafers and slippers.
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In our humble opinion, the only good thing about summer coming to an end is looking forward to fall fashion trends, and our favorite trend so far—one that is perfect for transitioning into the new season—is the penny loafer slash smoking slipper. In a sea of sky-high platforms (which can result in embarrassing pratfalls), we're psyched that flat shoes are finally making a comeback as seen on all kinds of fashion mavens and celebrity ravens. Even though some may deem this a more practical footwear option, we see it as an opportunity to make an edgier, more comfortable statement. Also? Flats are versatile!

We love how Kelly Osbourne turns a gigantic fashion NO into a resounding YES by pairing her patent pennies with a (gasp!) long skirt. Fashion police always seem to want to arrest anyone not pairing ladylike heels with a skirt but we say hush the po-lice! This maxi and midriff combo looks positively perfect on petite n' pretty Kelly O, and we love how the studded leather jacket rocks out the overall eighties rebel look. If you want to punch up your jeans n' t-shirt uniform, do as Glee's Naya Rivera does and change it up with some two-tone loafs. Besides looking super cute, these are great for shopping excursions when you're sick of lacing up your sneakers after too many try-on sessions. What about flats for a night out you say? No problem! Pixie Lott's choice of tasseled, black leather slippers with a see-through shirt and blazer plus shorts ensemble is the perfect example of mashing up trends for evening and looking feminine while doing it. In fact, this look is so spot-on it works for both Saturday night and during the week with a skirt. Throw some tights on and you're good to go for fall, too!

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Judging from fall's nail polish hues thus far, the hottest nail polish colors for this season will do one of two things: blend seamlessly into your overall look, or pop like a serious piece of statement jewelry. The experts agree — "Autumn is all about dimensional manicures," says CND (Creative Nail Design) Cofounder Jan Arnold. That means stocking up with both neutral tones and pops of color. Nail your manicure this fall with our top 10 nail colors inspired by celebrities — from Lady Gaga's gray-beige tips to Rihanna's pretty pink, and plenty in between. See the full list below!

+ WORN BY: Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 12.
+ GET THE LOOK: Essie Nail Polish in Merino Cool ($8,

Lady Gaga.
Photo: Getty Images/Essie

+ WORN BY: Blake Lively at the Late Show With David Letterman in New York on Sept. 27.
+ GET THE LOOK: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Bad Romance ($18,

Blake Lively.
Photo: Getty Images/Deborah Lippmann

+ WORN BY: Rihanna in London on October 5.
+ GET THE LOOK: Rococo Luxe Nail Polish in Chaos ($16.50,

Photo: Getty Images/Rococo

+ WORN BY: Keri Hilson at the launch of So Kodak in New York on Oct. 5.
+ GET THE LOOK: Sephora for OPI Chic Prints for Nails in Skulls ($15,

Keri Hilson.
Photo: Getty Images/Sephora

+ WORN BY: Hillary Duff at a charity event in New York on Sept. 13.
+ GET THE LOOK: Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Nail Enamel in Midnight Blue ($3.99,

Hilary Duff.
Photo: Getty Images/Rimmel

+ WORN BY: Gwen Stefani at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas on Sept. 22.
+ GET THE LOOK: OPI Nail Polish in Siberian Nights ($6,

Gwen Stefani.
Photo: Getty Images/OPI

+ WORN BY: Kelly Osbourne at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on Sept. 12.
+ GET THE LOOK: L'Oreal Pro Manicure Nail Polish in Mango-Get-Em ($4.99,

Kelly Osbourne.
Photo: Getty Images/L'Oreal

+ WORN BY: Nicky Hilton at a Children's Institute benefit in West Hollywood on Sept. 29.
+ GET THE LOOK: Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Ruthless ($14,

Nicky Hilton.
Photo: Getty Images/Sephora

+ WORN BY: Angela Simmons at the premiere of Lottery Ticket in Los Angeles on Aug. 12.
+ GET THE LOOK: Spa Ritual Nail Lacquer In Love Is In The Air ($10,

Angela Simmons.
Photo: Getty Images/Spa Ritual

+ WORN BY: Miley Cyrus at the premiere of The Last Song in Hollywood on March 25.
+ GET THE LOOK: Ginger and Liz Nail Colour in Blowin' Money Fast ($12,

Miley Cyrus.
Photo: Getty Images/Ginger + Liz

+ What is your favorite nail color for fall?

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