By Jennifer Bell


The runways of New York Fashion Week were filled with daring, attention-grabbing -- yet feminine! -- looks for spring 2012.
What does this mean for women in the Triangle? With a modern twist on grace and elegance, this season's trends are all about standing out in a crowd and wearing your personality on your sleeve!



Extra Dimensions


Textured attire is a blossoming trend this season. Using feathers, cutouts, ruffles, tassels, fringe and peplums, designers make it clear that we're no longer living in a 2-D fashion world.


The swirls of fabric and fresh architectural shapes that have invaded the world of chic are nothing short of fabulous. The bold constructions, showcased by expert tailoring techniques, provide a great platform for adding new elements to your closet.





Sparkle and Shine


Sequins, beading, metallics - oh my! This spring, shimmer is back with a vengeance and ready to light up your world.


Whether featured on a floor-length ball gown, spunky short dress or too-cute-to-boot romper, it's all about dazzle. While some garments can light up the Vegas strip, there are also pieces with just a hint of glittery detail.


This craze means every Triangle woman can shine this season.




Sleek Sportswear


Designers are retooling athletic apparel and marrying it with class, creating irresistible pieces for the Triangle's hot summer.
Paying homage to streetwear and warm-up gear, the pieces embrace the audacity of motocross, the sophistication of tennis and the bravery of the boxing ring.


With a wide array of options, including jumpsuits, shorts and jackets, this look is easily adaptable to any fashion-forward woman's personal style.




Look-at-me prints


Prints are everywhere, and fashion is embracing the digital age by incorporating 21st century graphic designs.


Whether you're a boho babe, delish diva or ravishing rocker, there's a way to make this trend work for you. The possibilities include floral, tribal, color blocking and abstract artistic designs.



Coming next month: Fall Fashion, Part 2 - more looks to love!