NYFW Report AW’12: Day Three

February 12
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Day three from NYFW AW’12 from Myfashdiary’s NYFW contributor, Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, Editorial Director,

Ever look at the runway and think, “Where exactly does one wear that?”

Today was filled with work-appropriate suits, knits you can’t wait to wear to brunch and evening dresses that beg for sexy nights out. The overall lines of the season are so clean and unfussy that one can picture the pieces moving seamlessly into a closet. Standout pieces in my mind for day included a neon-tinged spin on a Fair Isle sweater from Mara Hoffman, a navy and black silk varsity jacket at Tibi, and every pair of pants in the Prabal Gurung show.

Pants! Remember when you used to have as many of those in your closet as dresses? There is no silhouette that I think is more flattering on the vast population of women than a slim flare (thank you Tom Ford for imprinting that in my mind in the ’90s) and Prabal’s take on the fit was divine. His dresses were also amazing, but we’ve come to expect nothing less of him. I was also unexpectedly wooed by Rachel Zoe‘s corporate raider-worthy pantsuits. Boxy double-breasted blazers and peacoats look especially fresh now too.

While it’s not a season ruled by prints, I was charmed by the black and white birds soaring across Peter Pan collared blouses at Tibi – so easy to pair with all the Spring neons as a transition to fall. And layering turtlenecks under dresses at Jill Stuart may not be the most original styling idea, but it sure is an appealing one that’s easy to imagine going from the runway to your daily life.