Fall forward: New York Fashion Week introduces the looks of the near future

From boxy silhouettes with wide-legged pants to midi skirts and fur galore, fall fashion is on the horizon.
BY LINDA MILLER Modified: February 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm •  Published: February 20, 2014

Just as Oklahoma temperatures start to warm up and we can finally shed a layer of clothing, at least for a while, it's time to fast-forward a few months and talk about fall fashion trends.

New York's greatest show on Earth, aka Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, ended after eight days of runway shows with enough trends to get us excited about cold-weather clothes — in about eight months.

After reading reviews and trend reports, watching live feeds of the shows and scouring hundreds of photographs, here's what we know:

It was a week of contrasts. Florals bloomed and fur (both real and faux) flew. Pale pink, fuchsia, oxblood and citrine brightened a sea of gray, black and white. Mules and backless boots shared the runway with flats worn with socks.

It was a week of statement trends. Big and boxy silhouettes. Wide-legged pants. Oversize sweaters. Plush coats. Texture. Graphic prints. Midi skirts. Plaid. Long layers. Feel-good knits. Luxe fabrics.

It was a week of celebration. Donna Karan marked her company's 30th year in business. Diane von Furstenberg's iconic wrap dress turns 40.

Roseanne Morrison, fashion director for The Doneger Group, a fashion consulting business to the industry, described the general feeling as cozy.

“I think cozy is a good buzzword. Blanket stripes, capes, lots of layers, fuzzy sweaters, fur. Clothes that envelop the body in such a nice way,” Morrison said.