New York Mercedes Benz Fall 2010 Fashion Week is officially over. More than 80 designers took to the Bryant Park Tents this season and the spirit of fashion was in the nostalgic New York air.

It was fitting that on Thursday, Tommy Hilfiger, the iconic American designer, closed the shows and was the last designer to show a collection at the famous Bryant Park Tents. The Tents launched the careers of many, ended the careers of a few and stood as the fashion emblem that said, “You’ve made it” or “You’ve failed.” Perhaps, one day, the Tents will come out of retirement, but fashion will have to go on regardless.

As for the collections, there was the good, the bad and the ugly. All the big dogs were out – Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg. While collections maintained their individual inspirations, certain trends dominated. Here are a few of the best:

-Fur crawled on many catwalks, shown on full jackets, trim and accessories. Designers who played with pelts included Marc Jacobs, Thakoon, Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera, Peter Som and Proenza Schouler. PETA will be busy this season!

-Shine and metallics continue to be a significant trend and has been threaded through many designers’ past collections. Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch and Diane Von Furstenberg all made glitzy dresses with plenty of glamour.

-Leather, a huge trend last fall, also prevails in 2010. Ports 1961, Tibi, Rag & Bone and Chado Ralph Rucci all roughed and toughed up their runways.

-Red was the color of choice for several designers looking to spice up a typically muted collection. Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Betsey Johnson, Jill Stuart and Y-3 were feeling hot!

Overall, the shows were entertaining, dynamic and well executed. It will remain to be seen if designers can have such strong presentations without the legendary Tents above them.

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