Trend-Watch: Spring/Summer 2011
Though the weather is showing no sign of Spring blooming just yet, the shops are thinking ahead and have filled themselves up with glorious summer gear for us to drool over.
While you may have only just perfected your winter look, it’s time to look forward at what Spring holds for your wardrobe, so here are the top ten trends of the season.
First up, to knock Winter’s grey skies in to the next decade, Spring brings us plenty of bright, zingy colours. And further still, Spring is breaking all the rules by clashing several different colours in one look. Take your queue from Jil sander, Issa and Haider Ackermann and start colour mixing now.
It’s not just colour that’s being mixed up this season. Prints are going bonkers too – just take a look at Prada’s bananas. Anything goes, from fruits and animals to spots and stripes…and everything in between.
If colours and prints are just not your thing, then Spring’s other colour gem (or lack there of) is plain white; just white and nothing else. It must be a winner, because the Prince of cool, Mr Alexander Wang, turned his back on his usual dark palette in favour of all things white.
If all these bright, bold colours are too much for you, slip in to something sheer; transparent fabrics were all over the catwalks – see Richard Nicoll and Proenza Schouler. Sexy yet sophisticated, girly yet substantial, sheers are bound to be an all-round hit.
And if you like that, you’ll love this: designers are sticking with their love of the Seventies. Expect more flares, wide-brim hats, denim on denim, wedges and floaty dresses. You can thank D&G and Marc Jacobs.
And it doesn’t stop there. Skirts and dresses are taking their lead from this season’s decade of choice. Forget your minis and your maxis, we’re talking about the ‘midi’! Chloe’s pleated varieties are just divine.
If skirts aren’t your thing, then this season’s trousers will be. There’s nothing new about trousers, but every season has its favourite, and this Spring, the most loved look is the tailored trouser.
Girly girls will be happy to hear that there’s an abundance of floaty fabrics, florals and prettiness – just look at Jonathan Saunders and Erdem. Tomboys needn’t fear either, because, thanks to the likes of Isabel Marant, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger, there are plenty of sporty, toned-down options.
If toned-down isn’t your thing, you’ll be thrilled to hear that luxury looks are back! Fringing and feathers bombarded the catwalks, adding a refreshing punch of glamour to the season. Betty Jackson’s grey ostrich feather waistcoats were a triumph, but equally as covetable were feather trousers, skirts, dresses…actually, you name it, they were there!
Speaking of luxury, it doesn’t get more luxe than leather. Ok, so it’s not exactly a new trend, but this season your leather takes a hit of grunge. Studded jackets are the latest take on leather, but this season you’ll be teaming them with cocktail dresses. Controversial, but ever so chic. Balmain, of course, reigned supreme in this arena.
With so many exciting options on the cards, these grey skies better shift quick!
Article by Stephanie Harding – Stilorama Magazine’s Fashion Editor
Catwalk looks from www.jilsander.com, www.richardnicollcom, www.prada.com, www.jonathansaunders.com, www.chloe.com and www.bettyjackson.com
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