Rodarte - Runway - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Tie-dyed patterns swirl down the runway at the Rodarte show. (Arun Nevader / Getty Images / February 12, 2013)

We saw a record-setting snowstorm, a disgraced designer given a second chance and Santa Cruz cited as a fashion inspiration. New York Fashion Week, which wrapped up Thursday night, was as crazy as ever.

Here are the week's big takeaways about coming trends for fall and things of note in the design world.


Galliano's second chance

"Schmuck." That was the headline the New York Post ran Wednesday with a cover photo of disgraced designer John Galliano wearing a black hat and curls that appeared to make fun of traditional Orthodox Jewish clothing.

It's probably not what Oscar de la Renta had in mind when he invited Galliano to come work in his New York studio. Fired from the French fashion house Christian Dior for making anti-Semitic slurs in Paris, Galliano resurfaced in New York, the land of second chances, advising De la Renta on his fall collection. Galliano's influence was evident from the opening suits, one ruby red with a peplum, which resembled his work at Dior.

PHOTOS: Oscar de la Renta runway

De la Renta has said he would like to have Galliano stay on, and if he does it will be something to watch this mind-meld.

Borrowed from the boys

Houndstooth, herringbone, tweed, glen plaid, camouflage and other military touches were all over the runways, as menswear touches permeated the women's collections. Rag & Bone designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright had one of the freshest takes on the trend: 1960s inspired, with a little punk and grunge thrown in. They showed a new, boxy proportion, with quilted leather or tweed jackets worn with cropped utility pants or miniskirts. The hot new shoe was a quilted loafer bootie in electric blue pony hair.

PHOTOS: Rag & Bone runway

Show ponies

Pony hair was the fall season's favorite new fabrication, seen on flouncy skirts (Jason Wu) sweat shirts (Rachel Zoe) and more. And on the runways, the hairstyle of choice was a ponytail — sweetly tied with silk ribbons at Jenny Packham, peeking through a slit in a knit hood at Alexander Wang and swishing back and forth as aggressively as a horsetail swatting flies on a summer day at Donna Karan.

PHOTOS: Jason Wu runway

PHOTOS: Alexander Wang runway

Sweats not just for sweating

Luxe sweat shirts with pony hair, leather or fur details were a hot item, seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe and more. Slouchy but sophisticated sweat pants with ribbed cuffs came in fleece, merino wool, satin and buttery-soft leather.

PHOTOS: Victoria Beckham runway

PHOTOS: Rachel Zoe runway

Fur (and leather) still flying