Luxe and Lace at New York’s Fall Fashion Week

If the ensembles that sashayed down the runways during New York Fashion Week (Feb. 9–16) are any indication, fashionistas will be living the luxe life come Fall 2011. Buttery leathers, plush furs, and exquisite lace popped up everywhere, from the cool-girl chic of The Row to the sexiness of Michael Kors to the uptown elegance of Carolina Herrera. “Bold shoulder pieces in the way of fur, capes, and wraps were on the runways,” says Diamond Information Center trend watcher Adelaide Polk-Bauman. “Balance [them] with bangles and diamond right-hand rings—­jewelry that declares a sense of feminine power and yet remains classic.”In contrast to last season’s cool minimalism and mostly understated color palette, many of the fall collections—including Diane von Furstenberg, Thakoon, and Victoria Beckham—featured dramatic silhouettes and jolts of vivid color: cobalt blues, bright

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