Spring is finally here and new leaves are sprouting from recently frozen branches. Although Spring 2010 fashion week took place back in September 2009, now that spring is finally upon us, it is time to take a fresh look at this season’s favorite trends. Here are the runway looks for each trend, followed by how-to wear tips, and affordable spring & summer dresses choices that you can actually buy:
1. Lingerie Galore – Although our grandmothers taught us, that undergarments should remain…well, just that…under the garments, this season, these rarely seen items seduced their way to the surface.
While hints of lingerie peeked here and there in previous seasons, this time designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and Marc Jacobs chose blatant exposure by centering braziers and corsets as the focal point of an outfit. Christian Dior and Fendi were slightly more subtle by combining lingerie bottom with a tailored blazer or pairing a revealing lace top with a classy draped skirt.
When braving this trend, finding the right balance is of outmost importance.
If wearing a bustier top, wear conservative bottom and vice versa.
Runway Images from left: Christian Dior, Dolce Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Fendi
In Real Life (Dresses from left to right) : 1.Banana Republic Color Block Cami Dress–$79.99(was $150) 2.Ella Moss Lingerie Dress–$138 3.Karen Millen Delicate Silk Lingerie Dress-$131.88(was $282.05) 4.Rachel Roy Signature Silk Jersey Draped Cocktail Dress–$495
2.Pastel Romance– after months of gloomy winter accompanied by lots of black and grey, this spring-appropriate trend is greeted with an open arms (or wallets). Designers embraced pastels masterfully – Doo. Ri and Donna Karan concocted draped creation that were the epitome of elegance. Thakoon demonstrated a sexy twist by combining asymmetrical cuts and draping. Derek Lam combined pastels to create a playful two tone dress reminiscent of a child’s pastels painting.
This season, plan to add a few dreamy, draped, and asymmetrical pastel pieces to your closet, as they are bound to serve as key foundational pieces in any wardrobe collection.
Runway Images from left:Doo. Ri, Donna Karan, Thakoon, Derek Lam
In Real Life: 1.ASOS Ruch Panelled Skirt Slouch Dress-$44.44 2.T by Alexander Wang Draped Stretch T Dress–$105 3.Calvin Klein One Shoulder Tiered Satin Dress -$178 4.Black Halo Jill Mini Dress -$298
3. Floral Utopia – the catwalks blossomed with floral trends. Some of designer’s creations featured soft colors and delicate bloom patterns while others showcased strong hues and bold floral imagery. Most memorable was a dress shaped like a flower by Marchessa. Equally appealing was a flower appliqué decorated dress by J. Mendel. Other creations of note were DKNY dresses that sported abstract flower drawings and daisy like patterns of Dior minis.Whether wearing it to a casual day outing or to a decked out cocktail event, you are bound to bloom in any scene when embracing this trend.
Runway Images from left: Marchesa, J. Mendel, DKNY, Christian Dior
In Real Life: 1.New York & Co. Floral Pattern Dress – $21.47(from $42.95). 2.Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Stretch Cotton Dress 3.Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Ruched Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress-$119 4.Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Floral Satin Sheath Dress–$148
4. Tribal Chic – primal patterns and bold accessories trampled runways and invoked a surge of raw energy. Designs from brands such as Rodarte and Gucci channeled the inner warrior. Designs from the late Alexander McQueen challenged the ordinary with dark tribal patterns that filled the canvas of alien–shaped dresses. Diane Von Furstenberg added a bohemian spin to tribal trend by creating flowing maxi dresses and multi-bangles accessories.
Whether your style is bold or subtle, there is a way to adopt this trend into your wardrobe by customizing it to your level of daring-ness. For a subtle approach, start with patterned bangles or a heavy necklace. For striking, extend to a boldly patterned dress.
For “Tribal Supreme” go wild with a full arm tattoo concocted from henna or other natural colorants. Just make sure it is removable for when the trend goes out of style.
Images from left: Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, Diane Von Furstenberg.
In Real Life: 1. Nine West Color Me Chic, Printed Halter Dress-$52.99(from 134) 2.Max Studio Bordered Strap Dress (search their sale section)-$88(from $228) 3.Nanette Lepore Lazy Day Dress – $238(from $398) 4.Leifsdottir Ink Medallion Printed Cotton-Silk Dress
*all runway images are from style.com
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