What better barometer is there for forecasting fall’s biggest hits than peeking into the closets of some of New York’s chicest women? Michael Kors and Yves Saint Laurent lead the ladies’ picks, while winning looks include ponchos, lilac hues, round-toe heels, pencil skirts and one very versatile Dior Homme pantsuit. Watch for these finds in the front rows at this week’s New York shows as the trendsetters set their sights on spring.

— By Alison Burwell and Anamaria Wilson

Look: Classic Cool

  • Michael Kors violet peacoat.
  • Yves Saint Laurent velvet brown military jacket.
  • Round-toe Balenciaga boot.
  • A dark brown leather Lanvin bag with a gold antique chain.

Look: The Editor’s Eye
  • Michael Kors violet cashmere coat — “channeling the inner hippie chick.”
  • Marc Jacobs round-toe pump in navy.
  • Kate Spade taxicab yellow ballet flat with rhinestone buckle — “Great for school pickup and drop-off.”
  • Prada “temple”-print skirt.
  • Tuleh floral shirt and knit vest.
  • Narciso Rodriguez pencil skirt in black.

Look: Statement Pieces
  • J.Mendel knitted fur poncho.
  • Alexander McQueen tweed jumpsuit.
  • Yves Saint Laurent satin jacket in lime green.
  • A+eve cotton T-shirts and cargoes for at home — “So much for the cashmere sweatsuit!”
  • “I am wearing a Pro-Choice pin every day until the election is over!”

Look: PYT
  • Yves Saint Laurent sky-high black boots.
  • Escada leather military jacket.
  • Bill Blass New York cashmere shawl.
  • J.Mendel knitted fur poncho.
  • Hogan lizard and suede bag.
  • Earnest Sewn jeans.

Look: Uptown Vamp
  • Michael Kors lavender poncho — “His fall show was beyond the beyond.”
  • Bottega Veneta’s silver jeweled evening clutch — “Those are collector’s items.”
  • Yves Saint Laurent satin skirt suit in green and turquoise — “That’ll be my live-in fall evening cocktail outfit. I’ve gotta go try it on and see if it fits on this body.”

Look: Yummy Mummy
  • Nanette Lepore silk lamé top — “Perfect for home dinner parties.”
  • Lela Rose ivory praline tulle dress.
  • Hermès bag in green — “My new favorite color.”
  • Black flats from Isaac Mizrahi for Target — “To wear in the sandbox at Central Park.”
  • The H jeans by Citizens of Humanity.
  • Leopard-print coat with white-fox trim by Giuliana Teso.

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