The Fashion Fairy

Lisa Tant looks forward with five fashion wishes for 2010

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From Lady Gaga to Alexander McQueen’s armadillo boots – 2009 was packed with plenty of thrilling fashion moments. And with the spring runway shows fully focused on fantasy, I expect no less from the coming year. Here are a few things I’d like to see in 2010:

Hire a new designer at Emanuel Ungaro
The CEO of Ungaro took a risk by appointing Lindsay Lohan as the storied house’s creative director and paid for it with a demotion. Lohan’s debut – crotch-baring minis and heart-shaped pasties was, to put it kindly, unsuccessful so I’d like to see an innovator with technical know-how and unbridled creativity in her place. Ungaro was known for his celebration of colour, pattern and florals but this time, his formula needs an edgy spin. That brings me to my next wish …

Find a job for Olivier Theyskens

Since losing his gig at Nina Ricci early last year, Olivier hasn’t resurfaced. I’d love to see how his Goth sensibility and love of drama, silhouette and gravity defying footwear would play at Emanuel Ungaro.

Put individual style back on the red carpet
Stylists sucked all of the originality out of red carpet appearances by dressing stars in a safe uniform – upswept hair, big jewels and a strapless gown. I have a hunch that the upcoming awards season will be the most exciting of recent years, with high hopes that Carey Mulligan (An Education) and all of the ladies from Nine (Fergie, Kate, Nicole, Marion and Penelope) will create waves with unexpected fabulous fashion.

Sprinkle the fairy dust
Vampires ruled the film and TV screens last year, so in their place I expect we’ll see something a little sweeter, lighter and quirkier. Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland will set the pace with his crazy hair, makeup and sartorial choices.

Crown the next generation
Karl, Giorgio, Oscar, Ralph – a handful of our top designers are well past retirement age. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – Karl can design circles around most of the younger set – but I’d love to see an infusion of young fresh talent at the very top. Some names that I predict will sky rocket soon: Jack and Lazaro of Proenza Schouler, the Rodarte sisters, and Thakoon.

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