The clouds are parting and it's almost time for spring which inevitably means: spring shopping!!! Here's a shopping list of key trends from a recent Fashion Group International Spring '10 trend event.
Craftsmanship- Draping, ruffling, ruching, pleating, etc. These forms of fabric manipulation were all part of the new interest in craftsmanship. Even cashmere was shown in crinkled form at some of the shows.
Born in the USA- Denim made a strong statement at the Spring 10 shows at Ralph Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier, and D&G. It was even seen in the form of a denim fanny pack at D&G.
Military, Utility, Sport- Epaulettes are key in this trend. From Dior’s trench jackets to Balmain’s Military Inspired Casual Jackets. The whole concept of “Tough Clothes for Tough Times” was seen on many runways including workshirts, leather t-shirts, functional leather dresses, multi-pocketed jackets, and cargos.
Lingerie- Underwear is now outerwear for Spring 10 as seen at Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana and Bottega Veneta.
Transparency- The sheer trend is still in. Chiffon, Tulle, Lace and Netting were big at many shows including Chanel, Valentino, Jil Sander and Sonja Rykiel.
Color- Neutrals are big for spring including khakis, shades of ivory, and nudes. Pop colors for spring include teal and coral red.
Graphic Prints- Animal prints, tribal prints, engineered prints, florals, stripes, checks and ink blots were all runway-ready for Spring 10.
Volume- Bigger is better is the key to the season. Oversized dresses, relaxed pants, full skirts and oversized details. But this trend is also in contrast to the tight, bondage looks seen at Emanuel Ungaro, or the tight, narrow leather pants seen at Balenciaga.
Any Length Goes- There are many lengths for spring 10 when it comes to skirts and dresses from micro mini leather skirts as seen at Versace, to mid-thigh dresses, or dresses that hang mid-calf. Shorts are also the new minis. Shorts were all over the runway from dressy to casual.
Hair & Make-Up- There are 2 main looks for Spring 10. Either important eyes and disappearing lips, OR important lips and disappearing eyes/eyebrows. Dior had models in red lips, dramatic eyes and perfectly coifed hair inspired by January Jones of “Mad Men”.
Accessories- Belts are big (and little). Flats are back. Platforms are in (but at less dangerous heights) and the kitten heel was big (as seen at Missoni, Marni and Louis Vuitton). Clutches were seen in bright colors and sheer socks with sandals were seen on multiple runways.