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The Fall in patterns, knits, and Black & White

Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne, and Rag & Bone fw 2013 looks.

Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne, and Rag & Bone fw 2013 looks.

New York sets up the scene for the next fall-winter season.

We are still wearing fur, as temperatures continue to run pretty cold out here. New York Fashion Week’s fall-winter 2013 proposals arrive in time for us to look forward to the next layering season. There’s plenty to talk about already. For once, designers are in the mood for knit turtlenecks, and so am I. These classics almost never skip a fall season, and they  look as sophisticated, modern, and cool as ever.

Slim cashmere pullovers give any look a sense of sophistication, as they slender any body shape and silhouette, and the chucky cable knits in oversized shapes somehow look good with slouchy trousers, or cropped pant-suits, just like Marc by Marc Jacobs showed. Victoria Beckham presented the turtle neck almost as an accessory, part of a plunging v-neck color-block shift dress, and, say, Academy of Art University graduates who took voluminous elements in order to pair complete faux-fur skirt suits with knit turtleneck pullovers. Talk about warmth! Tactile elements, as well as visual ones, such as furs, felts, and wools in Prince of Wales checks and houndstooth patters are having a great turnabout this the fall/winter season.

Academy of Art University AU, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham and Thom Browne fw 2013 looks.

Academy of Art University AU, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham and Thom Browne fw 2013 looks.

It’s funny that while I’ve seen many shows, somehow, if I don’t have them right in front of me, I can’t remember them all separately. I just know that silhouettes will loosen up, hems will come down as mid-lengths, and there’s still room for cocoon coats, and rounded shoulders. Oh, and apart from covering our necks, we are definitely not leaving our hair out in the cold breezes.

Get your needles out, folks! Let’s knit our very own cozy beanie.

But when it comes to ball gowns, Thom Browne steals the show with his sublime tailoring and volumes, perfect for the risky, chic ladies, and me. That’s the fantasy, and what one, sitting in front of a computer, feels and experiences in the form of goose bumps. I actually just want to apply to work there, because being around Thom Browne’s environment must just be otherworldly experience every day. For now, let’s just knit away for fall.

Looks via Style.com

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