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Spring 2009 Trends Decoded
Posted on February 22nd, 2009

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s frigid winter temperatures leave me desperate for a warm sun, blue skies, and green plants, I am more than ready to welcome Spring with open arms. Always excited at the thought of trading in my sweaters and scarves for lighter fabrics and feminine silhouettes, I checked up on Style.com’s Trend Reports to find the latest style picks for Spring. As usual, I had to sort through unwanted fluff and translate words not used in normal conversation before I finally ended up with a clear interpretation of this season’s trends. Here’s a freshly squeezed dose of Spring 2009 trends… without the pulp.

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DEPRESSION CHIC

Spring 09 Trends Decoded - Depression Chic

Quote: “Who needs economists? With an insight that’s downright uncanny, designers worked both sides of the crash of 1929, turning out glittery flapper frocks (Alberta Ferretti, Aquilano.Rimondi) and faded sack dresses (Burberry, Bottega Veneta) in equal measure. On the one hand, Jil Sander’s Raf Simons fringed not just dresses but suits, too; on the other, Marc Jacobs found himself at home on the prairie.”

Translation: In homage of the Great Depression, both the flashy flapper look as well as practical, understated ensembles are in style this season. The good news is, you’ll have plenty of wardrobe options: from fringe, sequins, lace, and sheers; to modest prairie prints, neutral plaids, and stripes.


GEOMETRY LESSONS

Spring 09 Trends Decoded - Geometry Lessons

Quote: “Call it living in 3-D. This season, designers indulged their urge to bend, fold, twist, and otherwise manipulate fabric in ever bolder (and bigger) ways. Sleeves at Dolce & Gabbana evoked Minnie Mouse ears, while the dresses at Calvin Klein gave new meaning to the term boxy. Even Oscar de la Renta experimented with the trend, whipping up skirts with a permanent kick ruffle above one knee.”

Translation: If you’re a bit daring, you might try adding some dimension to your wardrobe. Giant sleeves, structured dresses, and any garment with twisted, pleated, and shaped fabrics will leave you with some attention-grabbing, unconventional curves!


GODDESS WORSHIP

Spring 09 Trends Decoded - Goddess Worship

Quote: “In shaky times, it never hurts to go with what works. And what works is goddess dresses. Light and airy at Marchesa, like liquid mercury at Yves Saint Laurent, and accented with jewels at Malandrino and Monique Lhuillier, Grecian draping made waves on the runways, and it’ll generate plenty of heat on the red carpets, too.”

Translation: This Spring, let your inner Goddess shine in draped dresses of all kinds. Whether sheer or silky, long or short, printed or jeweled, you just can’t go wrong.


MARRAKECH EXPRESS

Spring 09 Trends Decoded - Marrakech Express

Quote: “Ali Baba pants at Ralph Lauren, djellabas at Gucci, turbans everywhere from Dries Van Noten to Paul Smith – the Spring runways were as shimmering and vibrant as a Moroccan souk. And there were as many slouchy, sexy silk jumpsuits as there are stars in an Arabian night sky.”

Translation: Quick world culture lesson: a djellaba is a long, loosely fitting hooded outer robe with full sleeves, and a souk (or souq) is an Arabian marketplace (for those of you who were curious). Moroccan fashions like harem pants, headwraps, and silky, loose-fitting jumpsuits will have you walking the streets in style this Spring.


SPORTING GOODS

Spring 09 Trends Decoded - Sporting Goods

Quote: “John Galliano flashes his six-pack abs on the catwalk, and there’s a certain American mega-talent who’ll flex his pecs for anybody with a camera. If designers have their way, we’ll all be getting in shape come spring. Running pants, hoodies, and bodysuits hit the runways at Louise Goldin, Missoni, and Michael Kors, respectively, while glorified boxing gear made an appearance at Kris Van Assche. Not that we’re advocating breaking a sweat in these clothes: Utilitarian they may be, but they’re much too pretty for the gym.”

Translation: Only runway models could make workout-wear look glamorous. From running pants and boxing shorts, to hoodies and bodysuits, heading to the gym has never been so in style.


TRASH & VAUDEVILLE

Spring 09 Trends Decoded - Trash & Vaudeville

Quote: “Leave it to a new generation of designers – Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, and London’s Meadham Kirchhoff, included – to revitalize the eighties, a decade most of us were happy to say goodbye to forever. Shoulder pads? If Balmain’s Christophe Decarnin is involved, bring ’em on. Ditto ripped denim and shredded lace. They’re back, all right, but these aren’t the Wall Street eighties; this time around they’re positively 8th Street.”

Translation: As if the return of leggings and patent leather weren’t bad enough, the 80’s revival is gaining momentum. Ripped, acid-wash denim, leather biker jackets (in various electric colors), and shoulder pads are fashionable once again. What’s next… high top sneakers and Member’s Only jackets?

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