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Spring 2010 Trends Decoded
Posted on March 7th, 2010

aybe it’s just me, but it feels like Winter has long overstayed it’s welcome. I’ve had enough snow, enough bulky sweaters and thick boots – I want to wear short sleeves and open-toe shoes again! With hopes of sunshine and warmer weather headed our way, I took a peek at’s Trend Reports for a taste of the hot trends emerging this Spring. Here they are, for your reading (and understanding) pleasure.

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Fashion Trends Spring 2010 Decoded - Clean Energy

Quote: “Led by a resurgent Phoebe Philo at Celine, designers have rediscovered that less is more all over again for Spring, but this isn’t the mannish minimalism of the 1990’s. Dresses at Calvin Klein Collection and Donna Karan billowed and frilled; there were feminine takes on tailoring at Yves Saint Laurent; and thanks to Michael Kors’ cutouts and Hussein Chalayan’s thigh-high slits, we also saw lots of skin.”

Translation: Simple doesn’t have to mean boring. Ruffles, sexy cutouts, and even excess fabric can still give you a clean and effortless look!


Fashion Trends Spring 2010 Decoded - Game Theory

Quote: “Designers have adopted a wide world of active influences for Spring. Alexander Wang’s American football collection will look even better when broken down into its individual components; Pucci’s Peter Dundas has combined business with pleasure, turning out sexy dresses inspired by his love of scuba; and Proenza Schouler has taken two well-worn references – surfing and skateboarding – and made them chicer than they have any right to be.”

Translation: Athletic apparel isn’t just for the sports field anymore. Feel free to wear that tennis skirt, racer-back tank, sports jersey, and running pants on the streets. (You’ve probably got this one down already!)


Fashion Trends Spring 2010 Decoded - Marching Orders

Quote: “The military influence was ubiquitous on and off the Spring runways (the flak jacket may even have replaced the leather bomber as the official outerwear of your MOD, a.k.a. model off duty). In fact, there’s a danger of fatigue setting in before this trend even hits stores. One counter-strategy: Look for the more dressed-up takes on uniform dressing, from the likes of Haider Ackermann, Aquilano.Rimondi, and Mr. Sequined Camo Leggings himself, Balmain’s Christophe Decarnin.”

Translation: The military look is back again, but it can get played out quickly! To keep things fresh, go for dressy or unique versions of military jackets, cargo pants, safari dresses etc. Or dress things up yourself by pairing a tough jacket with a frilly skirt!


Fashion Trends Spring 2010 Decoded - Pastoral Interlude

Quote: “Raffia-embellished dresses, bell skirts worthy of Marie Antoinette at Le Petit Trianon, a literal romp in the hay – Karl Lagerfeld famously went country at Chanel. But he wasn’t the only one. With gingham from Christopher Kane, pinafore dresses at Bottega Veneta, and homespun yet luxe embroideries courtesy of Oscar de la Renta, looking good this spring should be a picnic.”

Translation: Country bumpkin, prairie girl; however you want to call it – gingham dresses, embroidered pinafores, straw hats, and off-the-shoulder pouf sleeves will have you looking stylish – even if you’re nowhere near a farm!


Fashion Trends Spring 2010 Decoded - Pattern Play

Quote: “When it comes to prints, more is definitely more this season. If designers like Dries Van Noten and Donatella Versace have their way, you’ll be mixing and matching from head to toe. And we’re not just talking traditional florals, though there were plenty of pretty ones at Etro, Anna Sui, and Tory Burch. Duro Olowu’s tribal motifs and Givenchy’s digital designs were engineered for maximum impact.”

Translation: Break out the prints and patterns- the more the merrier. Florals, geo, tribal, oriental, and animal- everyone’s invited to this party! And if you’re a daring fashionista, mix and match those patterns; or wear one bold print from head to toe!


Fashion Trends Spring 2010 Decoded - The Big Reveal

Quote: “Unless you’re a pop star or a fame monster, you may decide to adopt this trend sparingly. But there’s no doubt you’ll be seeing exposed brassieres on more than just the office flirt this spring. It wasn’t only longtime lingerie lovers like Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier who got in on the action on the runways; also daring to bare were Antonio Berardi, Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi, and Nina Ricci’s new man, Peter Copping.”

Translation: This trend is not for the timid! Lingerie inspired fashions let us show off our skin this Spring. Too shy to let your bra show? Try layering sheers over a cami, or even a mini skirt for the same stylish effect. Or forget sheers all together, and opt for a sexy corset top with a cute pencil skirt. (Be careful with this trend ladies- that fine line between chic and trashy is still there!)

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