The Fashion Statement: Top Ten Trends for Spring 2011
New York fashion week at Lincoln Center is a wrap and we've tallied up the results. In a word? '70s. Want more words? Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver.
Fashion weeks in London, Paris and Milan have yet to dictate the top ten trends of Spring of next year, but here's an early take.
SHORTS: Everyone, and we mean everyone, showed shorts in their spring collections. Whether short and roomy at Badgley Mischka or long and blouse-y at Thakoon or almost Capri-length at Ralph Lauren, shorts are going to be the get for spring.
STUDIO 54: There were so much '70s and early '80s references this week, I could hear Charlie commercials in my head. Halston, famed in that era, showed drape-y colorful maxi dresses and caftans that could have been lifted straight out of the archives. Marc Jacobs showed brightly colored pantsuits and full-length halter dresses.
PRINT MADNESS: Spring is traditionally all about florals. Jason Wu's breezy blouses had cut-out posies. DNKY had tiny flower prints on youthful dresses. Michael Angel went the painterly route with a collection of beautiful multi-colored frocks.
FEMININE VERSUS MASCULINE: Jill Stuart typified the feminine push/masculine pull with high-water tuxedos followed by flouncy, frilly dresses accessorized with masculine belts. The juxtaposition was stunning.
CANDY COLORS: Michael Kors trotted out fuchsia and green. Rebecca Taylor favored orange. Cynthia Rowley went for yellow. Candy colors ruled the day.
AMERICANA: Tommy Hilfiger did not disappoint with preppy white, red and navy blue dresses, totes and plaids. Michael Kors was all about easy separates-the ultimate American way of dressing.
WILD WEST: Ralph Lauren went fringe with the treatment on leather coats, leather pants and handbags as well as concha belts, cowboy boots and denim. Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. combined the indigo blues with with African prints, florals and plaids.
EARTH MAMA: Suedes and leathers, two materials you associate with hippie chic, showed up in labels like Edun and Mackage.
LASER CUTS: Laser cut pieces have become so intricate, they look like lace. Marchesa showed a delicate laser cut cocktail dress that had somehow had the strength to be three dimensional. The cuts on a Suno dress was so extensive, you wondered how it held up at all.
and last but not least...
HIGH-WAISTED, WIDE-LEG PANTS: Derek Lam's denim jeans with a skinny belt. Gray and white trousers by Badgley Mischka. Marc Jacobs' pink silk versions. Here's to the end of low-waisted skinny jeans!