Spring fashion trends range from bold colors to bright whites
By DONNA MORROW-ALUSHEFF
After what seemed like an eternally white winter, we welcome Spring Fashion 2010 in all its glory. From vibrant florals to denim blues, spring runway shows found inspiration from desert landscapes, indigenous cultures, the boudoir, military action, white lights, the countryside and the artful edge of textured layering, just to name a few. Here is the breakdown of top trends for spring 2010…
Whether it’s tribal, primal, animal, endangered species or jungle fever, the look for spring is colorful and bold, especially in dresses. Prints are shown in unexpected and amazing color combinations. Lynn Ritchie’s leopard print dress (left) takes traditional leopard in a new and colorful direction for spring. Brightly colored, it updates leopard in a contemporary fashion. Collective Concepts’ large, leaf patterned dress (above) in a deep, midnight blue uses red and orange as accent colors. This is an easy way to mix color without it being overwhelming.
Color stories that emerge for spring include countrified colors and subtle or emphatic spice colors. Neutrals are strong this season too — including white, khaki, wheat, beige, cream and washed-out grays. Reminiscent of the countryside or enchanted gardens, watch for fashions in demure colors of lavender, pink, green, blue, peach and coral, especially in lovely little florals or strong solids.
Sassy, sexy, cool, cute, distressed or Wild West style, denim is used in just about everything imaginable this season. Ralph Lauren’s collection certainly epitomized the denim look. Women’s Wear Daily dubbed it “The Grapes of Wrath.” His crystal-encrusted jeans worn under an elegant denim colored dress takes the denim theme right into evening.
Consider resurrecting that old jean jacket sitting in the back of your closet this spring. Cut the sleeves off and wear it as a vest with boyfriend jeans and an oversized white t-shirt. The boyfriend jean continues to be popular this spring. Denim bottoms are cropped, cuffed and distressed. Mix and layer denim pieces with soft, crinkled cottons such as Ya’s floral dress and a Nusantara top. Then add a silk scarf and a great vintage necklace to really achieve that sweet, homegrown look that dominated the runways for spring. Prana’s “Molly” denim Capri/short (above) can be worn with a sexy tank or spring’s all important white, cotton tunic.
From Paris to New York, according to Women’s Wear Daily, “combat chicks took over the runways in camo prints, stylish riffs on army gear and military fatigues.” Leading the way this season are khaki and army green pants, tops, dresses, skirts and shorts. Jackets, pants and dresses can be belted for a sporty, utilitarian chic look. Although a lot of the military looks for spring are uniform-type silhouettes, Pas de Calais’ khaki pant and army green top (right) hits the mark without looking like you walked off a battle field. I especially love the fit of this pant. It is cut slightly fuller in the hip area and then tapers in at the leg. Cecilia Prado’s cotton knit dress (far right) feminizes military stripes with crocheted lace details and oversized sleeves that drape beautifully along the body.
BRIGHT WHITES AND NEUTRALS
“Designers wiped the slate clean with an all white palette that offers plenty of visual intrigue in alluring textures and appliqués,” according to Women’s Wear Daily. The look ranges from softly tailored pants and sheer blouses to “frothy” little dresses of white on white. Plan to mix, match and layer shades of white, cream and beige together this season. Indie of Paris’ crinkle, leather-like jacket (at right below) and sleeveless dress in shades of cream offers plenty of feminine details. The dress has a lace knit bodice and can be worn alone with a great pair of sandals for day. The jacket is quite unique in that it looks like leather, yet feels like paper and weighs just as much. It is the perfect jacket to have this year and would look fabulous with a pair of skinny white jeans. At times, the look is clean and understated. Look for long, lean lines such as Anna Scott’s skinny, crop pant and Bask’s sleeveless tunic with a lovely draped side hem.
ELEGANCE FOR SPRING
Lilly Pulitzer’s “protective prints” spring collection was inspired by endangered species. Their full-length silk and cotton dress (below at left) features a lovely floral design surrounded by the endangered Monarch butterfly. This one-shoulder dress with an empire waist is certainly “queen of the jungle.”
What woman wouldn’t look forward to dressing up for an elegant evening on the town in Lili Butler’s exquisite iridescent green and turquoise gown with matching stole?
Designers served up the traditional trench in a splendid crop version this season as seen in Et Dieu Créa la Femme of France’s sophisticated leopard print trench (left). Loaded with stylish details, this jacket takes the trench from ordinary to extraordinary.
Speaking of traditional, a custom suit is the high mark of style. Always classic and stylish, the “working” details and quality of a custom suit exceeds anything you might purchase in a store. Davide Cotugno’s summer wool blend ladies custom suit (far right) has princess seams with contrasting buttonholes and working sleeve buttonholes. A silk paisley scarf from the Evergreen Collection by Davide Cotugno adds simple elegance and sophistication. The men’s suit (right with detail below), also by Davide Cotugno, features peak lapels, an outside pocket, hand-finished buttonholes and working sleeve buttonholes, and is finished with a handsome, paisley nude lining.