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updated 9:43 AM EST, Wed February 5, 2014
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/living/nyfw'>CNN Living</a> will be on the scene (<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/10/living/gallery/new-york-fashion-week-backstage-fall-2014-nyfw/index.html' target='_blank'>and backstage</a>) as designers showcase their fall 2014 collections at New York Fashion Week from February 6-13. J. Mendel, under creative director Gilles Mendel, debuted his fall collection on the last day of Fashion Week. CNN Living will be on the scene (and backstage) as designers showcase their fall 2014 collections at New York Fashion Week from February 6-13. J. Mendel, under creative director Gilles Mendel, debuted his fall collection on the last day of Fashion Week.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is February 6-13 in New York City
  • The designer collections will showcase looks for fall 2014
  • Forecasters predict houndstooth, plaid and gingham prints will be big in fall
  • Western style is making a comeback, with fringe and blanket coats leading the charge

(CNN) -- Revered forecaster Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but the fashion world is looking ahead to another season: fall.

Despite more impending snow and ice potentially impacting attendees' footwear flair, New York Fashion Week will take place February 6-13.

See all of CNN Living's New York Fashion Week coverage

Fall 2014 will be all about Americana and wild, wild West inspiration with fringe scarves, frayed edges, equestrian-inspired boots and blanket coats leading the charge, says Sheila Aimette of fashion forecaster WGSN, the official trend sponsor of the biannual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Chanel cowboy chic in Dallas in December
Chanel cowboy chic in Dallas in December
Although plaids have been around since at least 1500 BC, many fashion designers continue to incorporate them into modern looks. Here's a plaid coat from Louis Vuitton's fall/winter 2013 ready-to-wear show at Paris Fashion Week in March. Although plaids have been around since at least 1500 BC, many fashion designers continue to incorporate them into modern looks. Here's a plaid coat from Louis Vuitton's fall/winter 2013 ready-to-wear show at Paris Fashion Week in March.
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The season's street sense will be inspired by the audacious avenues of Nashville and Austin, Texas, says Aimette. (Chanel's M├ętiers d'Art collection for 2013/2014 even took place at Fair Park in Dallas).

On a similar wavelength, Aimette expects a rise in heritage fabrics like plaid, houndstooth and gingham, but re-colored in bright hues. This gives way to the bigger androgynous trend of decorated menswear-inspired shoes, oversized sweaters and tailored sportswear.

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Meanwhile, the spring crop top trend is traveling south: we'll see more cropped pants come fall.

"Crop tops are moving towards more boxy tops," says Aimette, citing higher waisted pants paired with short but not midriff-baring blouses.

"The seasons are becoming less about weather-related clothing and more about key items a woman needs for her lifestyle," said Joyann King, Harper's BAZAAR Digital Director.

King says this includes "a wardrobe of coats to lust after."

The sportswear trend will continue but not dominate the ensemble; instead, athletic styling will be used to accent distinctively feminine pieces. Michael Kors paired sneakers with skinny brocade pants in his pre-fall collection.

The counterintuitive pairings don't mean that buyers will abandon their feminine privy toward timeless elegance: Pearls as both jewelry and detailing on dress backs and collars will be the envy of every Hepburn-inspired fashionista.

As for the palette, Aimette says there will be an onslaught of teal and berry tones that are anchored by traditional colors of caramel, gunmetal and navy.

Check back with CNN Living's #NYFW coverage throughout the week to see if the forecast is on point. And, follow Sarah LeTrent on Twitter and Instagram for live dispatches from New York Fashion Week.

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