Mara Hoffman: Hands down, New York-based Hoffman best captured the season's island trend with rich neons, airy fabrics, bold geometrics and even tie-dye.

Nicole Miller: Miller, whose special-occasion dresses continue to be very successful commercially, has been working with Joe Zee, creative director of Elle and host of the Sundance Channel's "All on the Line." The goal was to give the veteran designer's sportswear collection more appeal for a younger, hipper consumer, and it worked: This collection had more of an editorial runway feel than her previous shows. With lots of wearable separates, there was plenty of pattern mixing and matching with florals and stripes.

Herve Leger: Aside from the Diane Von Furstenberg show, this show offered the most glitz and glamour at Lincoln Center. The mixing of leather corset details with flared skirts or shorts set the collection apart. The repeated use of zippers throughout the line — especially with swimwear —was modern and appealing.

Carmen Marc Valvo: The designer attracted big names to his show, including Vanessa Williams and "Orange Is the New Black" star Dascha Polanco. Body-con dresses dominated the collection that was filled with fabric-blocking and sheer insets, but swimwear and gowns were equally strong. The color-blocked bobs that the models rocked were also haute. "This was much more architectural than what he's done in the past," noted celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch.

J. Mendel: The Parisian brand known for luxury and femininity showed off satin frocks, a soft pastel yellow fur vest atop a matching lace dress and a sleeveless black gown with strategically placed lace that was sexy and smart.

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Nail these fall/winter polish trends

If you're not quite ready for spring, fall's trends can be at your fingertips. In just three years, Laurel resident Jasmine Smith is a nail technician in Washington and just completed a successful run at Fashion Week, working designers such as Tadoshi Shoji, Monique Lhuillier and Nicole Miller. Here, Smith, 32, shares some of the season's hottest nail trends.

Metallics: Look for shades from bronze to purple.

Whites: "Even though summer is over, white is carrying over into fall and winter. Colors such as stark white and ivory are especially popular," she said."Make sure you choose the best color white for your complexion."

Short nails: Stiletto nails are phasing out.

Minimal nail art: "Last year was all about 3-D nails and textured nails. Now it's about simple lines," she said.

Layering polish: "That's big," Smith said. "It will give you a different color effect."