By Raquel Parks

The winter season is in full force here in Michigan, but in New York, designers have already shifted their focus to their Fall 2013 collections for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. NYFW is an inspiring time in the fashion industry that reveals plenty of new trends and looks to anticipate in the upcoming season.

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But as the snow and temperatures continue to fall, it’s definitely worth revisiting the biggest trends that designers created last February to keep fashionistas in style during this chilly season.

Winter automatically demands layers and designers compliment their layered looks by placing an emphasis on dark Gothic colors, leather ensembles, peplums, and fur accents for the season.

Typically, leather is worn and thought of as an accessory but there were several designer collections that made leather the focus in this season’s collections. Versace for example included a variety of leather coat-dresses with studs and even leather corset dresses while mixing in some velvet ensembles.

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Versace focused primarily on the color black which gave her collection a Gothic yet glamorous and edgy vibe. Designer, Kenzo on the other hand used an assortment of earthy colors, wool, and plenty of peplum to lighten up the winter.

Creating these designer looks for winter is easy with the right accessorizing and of course, some local shopping. The Ceresnie & Offen Fur Group in Birmingham Michigan is ideal place to find a quality fur and accessories for those icy cold days.

Saks Fifth Avenue sells all the latest designer brands to mix and match different looks for the winter. The focus for putting together a look for the season is adding leather and fur accents to add glam to the everyday look. For example, a pair of skinny jeans, fur boots, a colorful sweater and leather jacket would make the perfect weekend outfit.

For those days in the office, try putting a long black pencil skirt with black leather boots and dark-colored peplum blouse. The perspective is always up to a fashionista’s interpretation but the main focus is to stay warm and mix in a little of the Gothic edge trend for the winter.

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Raquel is a Michigan native with a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Michigan. She loves fashion and writing about life’s everyday stories. She has written for various local publications that include Dearborn Press & Guide and Detroit Fashion Pages. Raquel also writes for her own local events blog, Metro Diva Pages. You can visit Raquel’s blog at and follow her on Twitter @MetroDivaPages.