Fashion

THE TOP TEN TRENDS FROM VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK FALL/WINTER '10

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

#1 The New Fur – long-haired shearling was the choix du jour. It made an appearance as an accent overskirt, on sleeves, and on epaulettes. It added a little bit of tough luxe.  This girl knows what she wants and has the trophies to prove it.

#2 Sheer and See-Through – This lingerie fave jumps over to daywear for Fall 2010 with dresses and blouses in completely sheer fabrics.  Some designers chose a more discrete use by including sheer panels on otherwise conservative dressing.

#3 Drama Queen – Many larger-than-life ladies charmed the catwalk this week. 1940s power dressing made an appearance more than once as well as electric Kool Aid colours that screamed out for attention.

#4 Brocade – Heavy and richly patterned fabrics were used throughout collections – some chose a sparing approach and merely accented their designs with brocades while others offered spectacular mounds of the cloth as dresses.

#5 Hippy Shake – Hips ruled the catwalks with more than one designer choosing to place volume, pleats, or colour as accents on the bootie region. Hmmm, looks like size does matter.

#6 Eco-Chic – Sustainable fabrics of bamboo, cruelty-free merino, organic cottons were a mainstay for a few designers.  But rather than offer up the usual sporty fare these textiles are typically used for, designers created elegant and feminine dresses perfect for the boardroom.  

#7 Rosettes – Rose buds large and small were the embellishment of choice.  In hair, on shoulder tops, cascades winding their way down otherwise body-con dresses, these pretty little florals bring a little light into the dark.

#8 Appliqué – Lace and laser-cut fabrics adorned classic camel colours giving an otherwise traditional look a regal update.  

#9 Micro Hemlines – Wiggle the hips and show off the jambes.  Hemlines made their way upwards bringing all the more attention to item #5.

#10 Single Shoulders – the single sleeve or Grecian-style single bare shoulder showed up on dresses long and short as well as on boleros resembling arm harnesses or shoulder armor.