Fashion shows are a funny thing—when wearable clothes are presented, we call them out as boring; when daring looks go down the runway, we snap, “Who’s going to wear that??” Luckily, a select few designers manage to find a happy medium between the two. Here’s a look at some of the best looks from the Spring 2012 New York shows.
A sportswear look from (of all people!) Victoria Beckham.
Hard to argue with the Proenza Schouler boys' knack for using color and prints.
Chado Ralph Rucci
Because it's all in the details, one of the many beautiful looks at Chado Ralph Rucci.
3.1 Phillip Lim
Sometimes there's nothing better than clean, simple sophistication as with this look at 3.1 Phillip Lim.
So who's going to wear this Marchesa gown to the Oscars?
Talk about a statement skirt. Designed by Jason Wu it almost looks like a peplum maxi.
An innovative take on the cropped jacket — a shrunken jacket at Marc Jacobs.
Sexy sophistication along with vertical color-blocking at J. Mendel.
Oscar de la Renta
Sometimes bigger is better and it certainly was when Oscar de la Renta opened his show with this black tie look.
A cool take on florals at Altuzarra.