#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.