Now that we are in the final throes of winter and spring looms attractively on the horizon, it is time to whip your spring/summer closet into shape! Accordingly, today’s Trend Report is dedicated to giving you a head start on your spring fashion wishlist. Whether you are craving a feminine lace dress (à la Valentino), a bright white ensemble (as seen at Calvin Klein and Derek Lam), or you are in the mood for some pretty prints (in the style of Missoni and Prada), we’re sure you’ll find an wealth of style and shopping inspiration in next season’s must-have trends! On that note, we are excited to present our Trend Report: Spring 2011! Sit back and get inspired!
A Case Of Lace
There is always a profusion of lace on the runway, particularly in spring collections, but what is most notable this season is the way designers used lace to convey a mood. While Zac Posen (left) used a black lace dress to communicate a subtly-sexy vibe, labels such as Valentino (middle) and Dolce & Gabbana (right) used lace to suggest a romantic mood. To get a jump start on this feminine spring trend, try grabbing Lover’s The Muse Lace Dress ($935) or Kova & T’s Madeline Tiered Lace Dress ($154, reduced from $440).
One of the boldest trends of the season—bright and vivid colors—is also one of the easiest trends to try this spring. At Gucci (left), models showed off separates in jewel-toned shades of purple, turquoise, tangerine and jade, while at Lanvin (middle) and Issa (right), the models wore colorblock dresses in pretty shades of pink, purple and red. To get a jump start on this playful spring trend, check out Heti’s Colors Cowl Maxi Dress ($98.62) or Rag & Bone’s Carmel Colorblocked Silk Dress ($370), or try separates such as Topshop’s Red Peg Leg Trousers ($75).
Unsurprisingly, where there is a trend such as bold color, there is a paradoxical trend—in this case, bright white. While labels such as Derek Lam (left), Max Azria (middle), and Calvin Klein (right) presented breezy white dresses that are perfect for your mid-summer vacation, other labels—think Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra, to name just two—opted for relaxed suits and slouchy skirts. To get a jump start on this ethereal spring trend, try Robert Rodriguez’s Handkerchief Dress ($375), Kimchi Blue’s Lace Bib Knit Dress ($49) or Ella Moss’s Prima Donna Dress ($175).
Last fall, simple sophistication was one of the biggest trends, so it is no surprise to see that minimalism has made its way onto the catwalks once again. While Stella McCartney (right) opted for a simple preppy vibe, brands such as Chloe and Celine settled on sleek tops and tailored trousers. The color palette was similarly unfussy—white paired with shade of blue and brown. To get a jump start on this understated spring trend, try See By Chloe’s Tie-Detail Top ($195), Calvin Klein Collection’s Southport Skinny Cotton Pants ($208.50, reduced from $695) or River Island’s Full Button Front Skirt ($48.39).
This spring, we are particularly excited about pretty prints—from polka dots to bold stripes, from crazy bananas to zany zigzags. While brands like Prada (left) and Missoni (right) opted to mix-and-match bright colors and patterns, brands such as Rodarte (middle) injected a touch of Eastern style via soft blue-and-white Ming Dynasty-inspired patterns. Whether you opt for delicate or daring, make sure you wear prints from head to toe! To get a jump start on this playful spring trend, try ASOS’s Spot Print Dress ($53.79), Myne’s Jamie Dress ($126.50) or The Limited’s Striped Strapless Dress ($89.90).
You may remember that underwear worn as outerwear was a major trend last spring. This spring, however, designers have taken the look in a different direction. Instead of underwear, labels such as Reed Krakoff (left), Thakoon (middle), and Proenza Schouler (right) have given pieces a sexy sleepwear twist—from silky kimono-style dresses to sheer gowns to ruffled dresses. To get a jump start on this luxe spring trend, grab DAY Birger et Mikkelsen’s Day Lace Silk Dress ($375), Free People’s Sheer Maxi Slipdress ($98) or ASOS’s Belted Kimono Dress ($34.07).
Every woman should have a great pair of tailored trousers—or two—in her closet. Happily, thanks to brands like Elie Tahari (left), Monique Lhuillier (middle), and Marc By Marc Jacobs, tailored trousers are a huge spring trend, which means there will be plenty of options to choose from. This spring, you should look for high-waist versions, à la Lhuillier, or cropped pairs, as spotted at Marc By Marc Jacobs. To get a jump start on this sophisticated spring trend, try Stella McCartney’s Jasmine Tailored Straight-Leg Pants ($525) or ASOS’s Tailored Crepe Pleat Front Peg Pants ($57.38
This spring, something sheer is essential—whether it is a dressy, a skirt, or an easy and breezy blouse. While brands like Alberta Ferreti (left) and Rag & Bone (right) opted for sheer dresses in hues such as yellow and beige, labels like Givenchy (middle) wowed the crowd with enigmatic sheer black ensembles. The only rule: make sure you have some pretty underthings to complement your look. To get a jump start on this subtly-sexy spring trend, try Cheap Monday’s Rania Chiffon Dress ($88) or Chandelier’s Low V-Neck Lace Slip Dress ($$80.69).
One of the most noticeable and noteworthy trends seen at the spring shows was the abundance of tributes to signature Yves Saint Laurent silhouettes. Who did it best? Marc Jacobs (middle) wowed the crowd with his series of playful and colorful YSL-inspired looks; Elie Saab (left) showed a peach peasant dress that instantly called to mind the 1970s; and, happily, Stefano Pilati paid tribute to several signature YSL looks at Yves Saint Laurent (right). To get a jump start on this glamorous spring trend, try Cynthia Steffe’s Emma Snakeskin Printed Silk Dress ($275) or Parker’s Peasant Top ($242).
The bohemian-luxe looks of the 1970s are nearly always referenced at fashion week, but this season, the era really stood out from the crowd thanks to brands such as Fendi (left), Salvatore Ferragamo (middle), and Etro (right). From floor-grazing skirts to gypsy-inspired headscarves to wide-leg trousers and bellbottoms, the hippie era once again came to life on the runway. To get a jump start on this free-spirited spring trend, try See By Chloe’s Floral-Print Bohemian Dress ($670), Eight Sixty’s Bohemian Maxi Dress ($134) or ASOS’s Jersey Palazzo Pants ($44.83).
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