It’s a beautiful blue-skied January morning, and Escada Sport kicks off the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with their A/W 2012 collection. Seeming disarray of patterns, cuts, and textures, formulate into a cohesive lineup capturing metropolitan femininity. The slightly windswept hairs can be attributed to the concept of creating an image that’s urban yet casual chic. It doesn’t shy away from bright contrasts and striking elements as velvets, plaids, leathers, and cotton are intricately layered and contrasted with stabbing colors. Here’s a few takes from the catwalk. Piece of useless knowledge: ESCADA’s namesake was an Irish racehorse.