Posted on May 1st, 2008
“From lavish florals to gauzy layers to incandescent colors, the Spring runways were as romantic and girlie as it gets- though a few sharply cut suits borrowed from the boys added a jolt of contrast.”
Huh? Was I supposed to understand that on the first read? OK guys, listen up: I dug past the creative presumptuous wording and pulled out the info you really want to know – what trends will be big in Spring 08.
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Quote: “Models in various stages of undress appeared at Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Fendi, and, of all places, Jill Sander, where Raf Simons topped a bustier with a cloudlike puff of net.”
Decoded: Top designers like Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton showcased lots of sexy see-through and skin revealing designs. Basically: sheers are in.
Quote: “The suit in its many guises was a welcome antidote to the season’s ultra-femme flowers, colors, and lingerie looks.”
Decoded: The suits that appeared on the runways were refreshing amongst the florals, girly colors and styles that were so popular on many runways this spring. Designers took their turn giving the standard two-piece suit new twists such as Gothic, punk and rock star glam. Blazers were big on the runways too, while some were large and shoulder emphasizing; others were more fitted and paired with narrow pants and skirts to match.
Quote: “The mad mash-up of hippie and rock styles at Olivier Theyskens’ Nina Ricci was a crowd-pleaser, but Roberto Cavalli headlined the love fest, adding a bit of seventies swing and prairie panache to the mix.”
Decoded: Hints of the sixties and seventies showed up on runways with fringe accents, touches of tie die, and prairie frocks. One definite crowd pleaser was the fusion of hippie and rock by Nina Ricci.
Quote: “This is no season for shrinking violets. Color reached its saturation point as Fall’s gray ladies made way for Roy G. Biv.”
Decoded: After a Fall season full of gray, washed out clothing displays, designers recognized our need for color- and they delivered! Fashions in all eye-catching and electrifying colors of the rainbow appeared on the runway, kicking the season off to a bright start.
Quote: “Feeling optimistic, designers adorned all manner of dresses with lush, painterly flowers (Dries Van Norten, Carolina Herrera); abstract, almost computerized blooms (Thakoon, Gucci); or tiny calico prints (Junya Watanabe, Luella).”
Decoded: It just wouldn’t be Spring without flowers. This year’s variety ranges from abstract, to simpler tiny prints, to brightly colored hand painted florals.
Quote: “Globalization isn’t only a subject for political campaign speeches – it’s the focus of many a Spring collection, too. Resort’s safari looks morphed into a romantic view of tribal Africa at Just Cavalli and Proenza Schouler. “
Decoded: Tribal prints give an exotic vibe to the season, with Asian and African influences and bold ethnic colors. Feather and beaded trims and accessories totally complete the look.