02/12/2012 01:19 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Days Of Wine And Roses

After seasons of dresses, dresses, and more dresses, trousers are stepping back into the spotlight. From the leg-lengthening stove pipe flares that reminded me (in a good way) of Tom Ford's legendary Gucci collections to the '70s-style pantsuits at Rachel Zoe, wearable pants stormed the runways.

Not to say that dresses are over! Whether layered over turtlenecks at Jill Stuart, slimly fit at Ruffian or drop-dead glamorous at Monique Lhuillier, dresses are shaping up in two distinct silhouettes: narrow sheaths or full-skirted. And if you're more daring, peekaboo is an option with cutouts, lace panels or a range of devore velvets and laser-cut fabrics turning up in evening wear.

Red continued its dominance, with deep wine and maroon lifting up to dangerous scarlets and slashes of crimson. An informal poll of editors revealed an excitement for the hunter green and cobalt blues popping up everywhere, but I love the clean lines of the black and white prints I've seen at Jill Stuart, Tibi, Suno and others. Just think of the opportunities for accessorizing smartly!

Today's trend among showgoers was a second skin pant, whether leather, denim or corduroy. Remember when skinny jeans seemed like a passing trend?