Only 2 more days until I start my internship with FLARE!
I just picked up the February issue on the newsstand today and I’m excited to read about the direction designers are taking next season. It’s refreshing to shift from Fall’s heavy knits and grey palettes to florals, prints and bright colours.
Here is my take on the top 5 trends for Spring 2008:
Art Inspired Florals
Dolce and Gabbana sent hand-painted organza ball gowns inspired by Julian Schnabel down the runway, while Dries Van Noten mix-matched a kaleidoscope of ethnic floral prints. Balenciaga featured looks using saturated floral patterns on sculptural three-piece suits and Thakoon took an abstract approach by showing graphic florals on boyish shorts and shirts. With this trend came a bountiful selection of florals in all sizes and details, each expressed with the designer’s unique vision.
Romantic and layered, yet graphic and modern, designers like Chloe, Luca Luca and Jil Sander made these sheer looks possible for day to day. Using airy organza and sheer tulle, the looks were more demure than revealing. By pinching the waist with belts (as seen on BCBG Max Azria’s runway) one can highlight an hourglass silhouette while creating delicate textures.
The New Minimalism
Instead of challenging femininity with androgynous proportions, designers drew attention to the female form with neutrals and womanly palettes as well as body-conscious fabrics. Dior showed fluid evening dresses and Calvin Klein featured long T-shirt dresses with nothing to distract from the sleek silhouette. Versace made goddess like dressing look easy by restraining from prints and adornments on her silk jersey dresses and drapey jumpsuits and focusing on simplistic glamour instead.
Boy-meets-girl was a key theme with designers isolating menswear classics and incorporating them into ladies’ styles. Boyfriend blazers, bowtie blouses and tailored trousers were defining pieces with this look. Stella McCartney and Jenni Kayne threw boxy blazers over feminine frocks. Ann Demeulemeester featured a slouchy and layered aesthetic of elongated vests and coat jackets while Proenza Schouler made masculine elements incredibly body-conscious by cinching belts over trenches and military vests while leaving the hemline short.
Forget ‘it bags’. Designers have put footwear on the forefront with bold styles that break the rules. From Miuccia Prada’s fantasy inspired heels to Marc Jacob’s surrealist venture into deconstructed styles, it’s certain that footwear is no longer taking a supporting role. It’s time to make a dramatic statement with imaginative and inventive styles like those from Marni, Balenciaga, and Miu Miu.
What will you be wearing for spring?
Talk to you later,