A month of international fashion weeks wrapping up this week in Paris.
After a look at shows and presentations for several designers at New York Fashion Week in February, some themes emerged.
Fox was there for Adeam, Angel Sanchez, B Michael, Charlotte Ronson, Hernan Lander, Malan Breton, Nautica, Noon by Noor, and Saunder.
Among the trends? Lots of black and white, fur was everywhere, skirts were more ladylike and clothes were looser and less body-conscious than previous recent seasons.
Adeam is a relatively new line on the scene. New York-raised, and Japenese-born designer Hanako Maeda said she was inspired by the famous Japanese novel "Snow Country." The collection was a tribute to the Japan countryside in the 1930's.
Photos of Adeam by designer Hanako Maeda are by Monica Feudi.
Designer Angel Sanchez started his career in Caracas, Venezuela in the 1990's, but he's now found a loyal following in the United States. He showed a collection he called "Dark Innocence," with lots of streamlined, modern looking clothes.
B Michael did a collection for fall that he called a tribute to modern Americans. He said it was quintessentially American with lots of evening gowns and sparkly fabrics.
Charlotte Ronson did her presentation at The Hub at the Hudson Hotel. It was a total madhouse with customers and reporters plunging deep into the bowels of the hotel to view the clothes which turned out to be lady-like and demure.
Dominican Republic-born designer Hernan Lander also showed at fashion week. The designer who once worked for Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan said he was inspired by architecture and menswear. Lander hit a lot of the trends including cutouts in leather, fur, and an exploded houndstooth fabric that popped up in several collections. (I love the 90's!).
Malan Breton showed a dark, moody fall collection at The Out NYC Hotel. It took inspiration from dance halls of the 1930's. Breton, born in Taiwan, showed mens and womens clothes in the nightclub space.
The Black Sail by Nautica Black show was quite a scene. Crowded and packed with celebrities including Twilight actor Kellan Lutz and members of the NFL and boy bands. It was a collection dedicated to skiing with lots of wearable clothes.
Noon by Noor is a Bahrain-based clothing line founded in 2008 by designers and cousins Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa. The design duo said they were inspired by nature, and they showed some interesting new soft shapes and intricate bead work on some evening wear.
The presentation for Saunder was quite cool. Viewers walked into a grand restored room at The Highline Hotel in part of the converted mid-1800's General Theological Seminary. At a desk, an office worker from what appeared to be the 1940's was hard at work typing and filing papers. The theme of the collection seemed to be film noir. Designer Emily Saunders said it was inspired by the 1980's BBC miniseries "The Singing Detective."