Time To Banish Black

Spring clothes may be just making their way onto store shelves, but all eyes in New York were on fall clothes this week, as designers debuted their 2004 collections during Fashion Week.

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.