The Early Show's contributor Christy Ferer attended the shows, rubbing elbows with Hollywood celebrities, well-known rockers and even the "Piano Man" himself. Here's her roundup of the latest trends:
- Old-world elegance was everywhere. Nanette Lepore's collection contained garments that the designer says were inspired by 18th century French furniture. Oscar De La Renta's duds were detail overloaded: bejeweled tweeds, trimmed with fringe and feathers.
- Fabulous furs abounded. Douglas Hannant's designers had a "ball" with "fur," using it on everything from collars to coats. Most Michael Kors models headed down the runway with a fox bolero or shrug.
- There also were some '50s and '60s retro looks. Nanette Lepore showed '50s inspired applique cardigans. Hannant's looks included hoods in white mink, a throwback to the '60s.
- Dresses were fluffy and pretty and ranged from from red-carpet looks to "Little House on the Prairie" casual. Carolina Herrera gowns had bold stripes or black beads, and there were plenty of evening dresses in gold and platinum.
- It's time to banish black. Designers dipped into the color wheel and showed bold fall colors from paprika to pink, to green to lavender.
- The hot new length? Mid-calf.