During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York last week, designers showed off their new looks -- not for fall but for spring 2012. The collections were bold in every possible way and the designers are betting you'll be bold enough to wear them. Here's what we'll be seeing in the spring:


Vibrant, swirling, head-to-toe patterns sashayed down the runways. Come spring, there will be plenty to choose from, including oversized florals, loud animal prints and futuristic patterns, such as this one from Derek Lam.

Flaunt your sporty side

From a trip to the race track to a jaunt to the gym, designers went sporty. Monique Lhuillier incorporated bright color and lace cutouts into a feminine collection and Alexander Wang, above, went for a mesh and motocross-inspired collection.

Turn up the neon

Hot colors couldn't be hotter. Fruity neons -- from orange to yellow to green -- will add pop to your wardrobe, whether mixed with more subdued colors or paired with one another. Nanette Lepore's collection, above, was one of the brightest.

Add a peplum

Flirt without saying a word in spring's peplum skirts, dresses and tops. These short, flared ruffles that sit at the natural waist add a little flair without taking away from otherwise minimalist lines, such as in Marc by Marc Jacobs' Bauhaus-inspired collection.

Float away

If wild, look-at-me hues and patterns aren't your thing, worry not. The designers at Fashion Week also offered subtlety. There will be plenty of sweet, light-as-air chiffons in flowing, drapy silhouettes. This Ralph Lauren pastel floral dress offers a fresh take on Daisy Buchanan from "The Great Gatsby."


jacket, $88; sleeveless tie-top, $48; jeans, $58; loafers, $65; and hat, $26.

Vera Wang designed Kim Kardashian's three wedding dresses, the dress Sofia Vergara wore to the Emmys -- and possibly your favorite fall outfit. The designer's collection for her Simply Vera Vera Wang line at Kohl's offers work-ready and weekend-worthy separates that are affordable and easy to mix into your wardrobe.


Style Show Fever 8 The Greatest Show on Earth: This circus-themed fashion event will feature catered gourmet circus foods. Proceeds from ticket sales go to Coco's Heart dog rescue.

7 p.m., La Rue Marche, 513 2nd St., Hudson, Wis. $10 tickets available by reservation at 1-715-386-1969.

Custom clothing event at Twill by Scott Dayton: Find a perfect fit during this biannual event that includes a dress shirt trunk show and discounts on custom suits, sport coats and shirts by brands including Hickey Freeman (left), Southwick and Hart Schaffner and Marx.

Through Oct. 2, Twill by Scott Dayton, Galleria, 952-922-2711.

Dress for Success clothing sale: Clothing and accessories by Escada, Armani, Theory, Diane von Furstenberg and more. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit. Bring your own shopping bag.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dress for Success Twin Cities, 1549 W. University Av., St. Paul, cash and credit only.

Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177 • sglassman@ startribune.com • Follow Glassman on Twitter: @SaraRGlassman