- 6. You’ll Show Off Your Ankles.
An eighties undercurrent ran through the week, with zippers here and (see No. 1) leggings there. But no body part was as eighties as the feet, which were done up in sassy booties with a dangerous heel again and again. Thakoon touched up his version with a perforated leather that looked like lace, and Donna Karan added hardware for a tougher edge.
- 7. You’ll Get to Know the Lippi Cat.
Whether or not you’ve heard of this Chinese animal, you’re about to cop its spots. It looks rich and adult on coats at Oscar de la Renta and Tuleh and far cooler on a grungy Marc Jacobs dress or as a clash-happy layer at Anna Sui. Whichever way you wear it, lippi is a new and surprisingly versatile neutral.
- 8. You’ll Wear Color Rarely, But Boldly.
Derek Lam said his collection is “about New York at night, racing through Times Square and catching flashes of color.” The same could be said for the season as a whole, which was on the dour side but dotted with rich splashes of brilliance: crimson at Carolina and Calvin, plum at Donna Karan, royal blue from Vera Wang.
- 9. You’ll Find a Velvet Gold Mine.
There were piles of velvet, shown every which way. Proenza Schouler’s sleek, crushed-velvet minidress is exceptionally sharp. Sari Gueron used the plush fabric for a laid-back, embellished tunic, and Behnaz Sarafpour channeled velvet’s princessy roots, with a pouf skirt and a petticoat.
- 10. Your New Black Is a Sheer Black.
This season, elegant evening equals one thing: tulle. Light, sheer, black nettings dust over the neck at Michael Kors, down the sleeves at De la Renta, and billow light as a shadow off a long draped skirt at Calvin Klein.