Fashion Month Recap: The Looks That Linger

The month-long whirlwind is over, and a picture of fall has formed in the mind's eye of every editor. Herein, the sartorially-seductive looks that will lead the way.

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PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Models walk the runway during the Lanvin Ready to Wear Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 show during Paris Fashion Week at Espace Ephemere Tuileries on March 4, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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The month-long whirlwind is over, and a picture of fall has formed in the mind's eye of every editor. Among the sartorially-seductive looks that will lead the way: Lanvin's sprinkling of juice-hued cocktail frocks.
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Marc Jacobs showed couture-inspired silhouettes rendered in synthetic fabrics, like plastic sequin hobble skirts.
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Amid rumors that McQueen designer Sarah Burton might actually be designing Kate Middleton's wedding gown, the label just happened to show a series of jaw-dropping, architectural white gowns.
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Not since Scarlett O'Hara crashed antebellum galas to get her man has a crimson gown packed such siren-like ferocity. Prabal Gurung dusted off Miss Havisham as his muse, and opened the show with a big red bang.
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We predict Balmain's sharp metallic jacket, paired with a simple all-black ensemble with unfussy hair, will be the number one look the downtown rocker set sports this fall.
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Altuzarra continues to prove his prowess for defining the look of at least a city's-worth of chic girls, pairing his parkas with slip dresses peeking out just so.
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The opening look at Phillip Lim set the stage for the collection's exercise in impeccable and inventive tailoring—read, sharp, but cool—behold, the pin-tuck-pleat cropped trouser.
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What wonder boy Alexander Wang makes, women want to wear. For fall, we were feeling it most in the edgy-sensual shredded-silk skirts.
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Stella McCartney does sexy so well, and the body-con sheath dresses for fall were an instant wish list-fixture. The dot trend was applied, in this case, like confetti, as a pitch-perfect way to lighten up a serious hourglass silhouette.
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What turned out to be John Galliano's final collection for Dior included a cadre of the house's iconic, but straightforward dress silhouettes. The flourish of genius that punctuated the line and, in turn, will, perhaps, do the same for the designer's stint there, came from the richly theatrical Musketeer-like ensembles that popped up periodically throughout.
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The combination of a metallic evening gown at Mulberry paired with a chunky shearling jacket channeled the season's thrown-on, easygoing glamour to perfection.
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In Jason Wu's world, women are elevated to a level of dressing that's hyper-ladylike, but unlike anything we've seen before. For fall, it was his lace that took the cake.
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For its 90th anniversary, Gucci's Fall 2011 collection simply oozed the evening sex appeal with which the brand has become synonymous. This head-to-toe icy turquoise ensemble was a head-turner, especially paired with a perfectly matched fur wrap.
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For those stranded at sea for the last month, Thierry Mugler is back. Stylist Nicola Formichetti presented a theatrical collection that won't easily be forgotten, between the prosthetics, raccoon fur and sex-charged sheers, but what drove the point home was the essence of Mugler at its power-dressed core.
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Donatella Versace's Fall 2011 collection was a tribute to her brother, Gianni, and this simple bodycon dress with gilded button accents seemed to capture the '90s mood sweeping the runways perfectly.
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Without sacrificing the masterpiece quality they infuse, by hand, into each piece of their collections, the Mulleavy sisters seemed to shift Rodarte into a more widely comprehensible place for fall. Most notably, perhaps, in their first go at coats, along with dresses in the same serene wheat hue and floor-sweeping silhouette du jour.
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Rachel Comey's stronghold on whimsical prints strengthens in the coming season, with sweet-and-chic sweaters amping up the appeal of subtle-pattern dresses (and perfection in footwear).
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A pitch-perfect combination at Missoni of chunky, knit layers and a feather-light layered chiffon skirt with a unique floral print.
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Proenza Schouler's Southwestern-inspired digital designs certainly imprinted themselves on the hearts and minds of the industry. Besides their obvious brightness, the complexity shows off the boys' superior technique.
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Amidst rumors that he'll succeed Galliano at Dior, Riccardo Tischi presented a fall collection for Givenchy that certainly strengthened his resume. Bold motifs, both feline and floral, and sexy, experimental silhouettes reinforced both spirit and skill.
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Suno made its name on a mastery of vibrant prints on locally sourced Kenyan textiles. With fall 2011, the label proved itself beyond that initial note with a delightful array of embroidered coats and cloaks. It's looking to be a love at first sight that's destined for the long-term.
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Cream on white layers at Chloe, topped off with an ultra-feminine bow at the neck.
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Bright colors at Burberry were paired with quirkly black-and-white hats, making for an eccentric-yet-luxurious runway show.
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Mary Katrantzou continued to be one of the major talents to watch at London's fashion week: This madcap mix of prints and feminine structured skirt has stuck in our minds.
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Givenchy was a veritable garden party of printed separates.
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