The Spring 2010 collections seem like an age ago, especially with the start of Fashion Week just around the corner. Designers have already started showing their pre-fall collections so what better time, then, to preview our fashion forecasts for spring. As always, the designers in New York, London, Paris and Milan seem to have a crystal ball that they share; there were several running themes in the shows that stood out and screamed ‘trend’. From warrior chic to sporty chic, here are the looks that we think will make the biggest fashion impact when spring rolls around.
With a spate of apocalyptic movies on the scene, there is no better time for “Warrior Chic” to place itself on the fashion map. At Alexander McQueen (top, left) the models wore hair-horns, strode along the catwalk in the famous ‘armadillo’ shoes and wore their dresses like armor. At Rodarte (top, right) the scene was a little more Mad Max. Models wore shredded dresses with interwoven leather and sported painted-on, tribal tattoos for a fierce look.
The ripped/distressed denim trend has evolved into patched denim, a look that was evident at both Chloe (top, left) and Chanel (top, right). While the designs at Chloe were a little more Western, with head-to-toe denim and a brown saddle bag, the designs at Chanel were a little more country. Models wore clogs (another big spring trend) and walked in front of bales of hay for a look that was all about the farmyard.
Football, surfing and skating were all prevalent themes on the spring runways, leading us to believe that sporty chic was definitely set to take over. The boys at Proenza Schouler (top, left) were inspired by surfing and skating, leading to a scuba-heavy collection of marine-colored dresses and shoes. Alexander Wang (top, right) was inspired by American football and sent models down the runway with padded shoulders, knee socks and rugged leather shorts, among other things.
For fall, we saw plenty of sheer/mesh dresses but for spring, the trend has evolved to include cut-out panels that reveal just the right amount of skin. On the Preen runway (top, left), the cut-out panels were covered in a thin black lace, giving the overall look a sexy edge. At Jill Stuart (top, right), triangular cut-outs were left bare and provided viewers with a peek-a-book like that was sexy-yet-subtle.
Shorter playsuits were on the fashion map in 2007 but for 2010, it’s all about length. Jumpsuits are long and lean and usually cinched or tapered at the waist. At Givenchy (top, left) the designs were reminiscent of a tuxedo, with the look kept neutral and toned-down. On the Lanvin (top, right) catwalk, the jumpsuit played out more like an evening dress, with sequin embellishments and one-shoulder looks prevalent.
The khaki/military craze had a similar vibe to the warrior chic trend, yet was a more viable option for your spring closet. The trend saw designers sending out embellished flak jackets, rugged tees and heeled combat boots. At Balmain (top, left) the look was all about the army-captain-emerging-from-the-jungle. At Phi (top, right), the looks were slightly more feminine, yet they still had the military-edge that gave them a rough and ready voice.
Although it can be a hard trend to pull off, it seems that for spring 2010, designers were loving feathers. At Diane Von Furstenberg (top, left), feathers were seen on a white cropped jacket, adding a seventies vibe to her collection without stealing the focus of the outfit. At Jason Wu (top, right), feathers were at the heart of the collection and his pink evening dress was just one of his many feathered looks.
Although plenty of the spring trends were larger-than-life, there was still ample room for muted, neutral tones on the runway. At Erin Wasson x RVCA (top, left), a pale pink dress was the perfect backdrop for an array of studs and added some femininity to an otherwise tough look. At Marc Jacobs (top, right), a ruffled evening dress in an off-white fabric was the perfect look for spring.
Although this isn’t the first season that this look has been prevalent, it certainly got a boost for spring. At Dolce & Gabbana (top, left) the entire outfit was about the underwear and the crocheted pieces had a seventies vibe. At Fendi (top, right), the look was slightly more subtle, with sweet underwear layered underneath sheer dresses, providing the viewers with a more toned-down take.
BOY SHORTS/HOT PANTS
It seems that this season we will all be showing off our legs, if the spring collections have anything to do with it. At Blumarine (top, left) the boy short was contrasted with tie-dye prints and cropped tops, giving the collection that extra edge. At Nicole Miller (top, right), the look had that seventies disco vibe, with ultra-short hot pants that were slightly cheeky, paired with sheer tops for some overall sexiness.