New York Fashion Week Report

High Style, Low Hemlines Rule RunwaysWhites. Brights. Long hemlines and peekaboo sheers. The biggest trends coming out of New York Fashion Week Sept. 9–16 were a study in sartorial contrasts. Whether it was the color-happy ’70s-inspired looks at Marc Jacobs or the cool minimalism at Narciso Rodriguez, designers presented a wide range of styles for Spring 2011.Which is good news for retailers. “The runways saw many easy-to-wear pieces,” says Jamie Cadwell, director of the Diamond Information Center. “Simple diamond studs, bangles, and cocktail rings would work well with many of the collections. This season, ­jewelry will be more of an accent than a statement.”One of the biggest trends: shades on the paler end of the spectrum. Whites, champagnes, and beiges were everywhere from Alexander Wang (in sporty silhouettes) to Michael Kors to Donna Karan, who showcased the palette in

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