Costello Tagliapietra, Photo: Andy Kropa, Getty Images | Prabal Gurung, Photo: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG | Nicole Miller, Photo: Fernanda Calfat, Getty Images for IMG

This fall, butterscotch, camel and caramel are big winners. In the spring before that, colors most often referred to as "nudes" were hot, too.

Good news for those of us who like our trends to last, as lovely light colors look to be a hit based on the first few days of New York Fashion Week Spring 2011.

These are lighter, airier versions than fall's cozy cousins. White and cream figure prominently too.

Of course, white jeans and khaki shorts are always in style when the weather is warm. But Spring 2011's looks so far lack that crisp New England summer feel. And they don't set the same mood as a laid-back, hazy-days-of-summer, gauzy white sundress.

Instead they are fluid and pretty, tailored in a soft, sophisticated way, as in the amazing parade of neutral dresses at Costello Tagliapietra or Nicole Miller. They are body-conscious without being constricting.

The palette is monochromatic, so save your red strappy sandals for another day and brightly colored statement necklaces for another day. But tangerine lipstick may be just right.