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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week: Let the shows begin

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week starts tomorrow in New York, which means more than 300 designers, hundreds of journalists, countless models, buyers and socialites have descended upon the city, all for the excitement of seeing the fall 2012 collections for the first time.

Designer Naeem Khan, Director of Fashion at Lincoln Center Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff, professional football player Victor Cruz, model Kate Upton, national manager of brand experience marketing at Mercedes-Benz USA Lisa Holladay, and SVP and Managing Director for IMG Fashion Peter Levy take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Our own Janet Bennett Kelly will be floating around Lincoln Center, interpreting trends from the runways and what they will mean for Washington style in daily updates for The Style Blog.

We are expecting the fixation with 1920s imagery to continue, along with ornate detailing and menswear-inspired tailoring.

Ken Downing, fashion director of luxury chain Neiman Marcus, told Reuters some designers have drawn from the Oscar-nominated film “The Artist,” as well as Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” for a “modernized flapper style.”

Downing also said he expects navy to be the dominant neutral color of the season.

The senior fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue, Colleen Sherin, will also be on watch for deep shades of green and rich brocade and jacquard fabrics. She expects the ornamental fabrics will be popular with customers, who are still wanting the most for their money in a struggling economy.

“When customers spend their money, they want to feel and see that they are truly getting something for what they paid,” she said. “Any form of embellishment or decorative fabrication makes the consumer feel they getting something quite special, that's worth the money they have spent.”

Luckily for those of us without the magical tickets to front row seats, the fashion week’s digital trend is also continuing.

LiveRunway has added even more shows (roughly a third taking place at Lincoln Center) to their live streaming mix. So the fashion-obsessed can watch presentations by Rebecca Minkoff, Diane von Furstenberg and Carolina Herrera from the comfort of their own couches or office chairs.

See the full schedule at

And check in at for full updates, photo galleries and videos from fashion week.

Cara Kelly manages the development of editorial tools and presentation for new products and user experiences. She previously worked in the Style section, following the completion of her MA in journalism at American University.


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