Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fall Winter 2009 Trend Summary - Style Directions

images from style.com

Biker Chic is back so be prepared to see biker jackets in leather, satin, wool and even faux fur, with metallic jacket zips and metal studs. Paired with skinny pants, jeans and short short skirts. Black is a favorite colour for this look (no surprises here) though Alexander Wang did his biker jacket in white and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac went red. I like Haider Ackermann's idea of pairing a biker jacket with a long satin dress.

The Boudoir look continues to be popular. For this season, floaty chiffons, corsets and lacey bralets defines the look, and quite a number of designers showed the midriff.

Being a vintage fan, I am delighted the 40's look is back. Well cut suits with shoulder emphasis defines this look. For the evening, think Joan Crawford, Ava Gardner and the other Hollywood glamour queens.

The 80's look continues into fall winter 2009/2010, with emphasis on the shoulders and short figure hugging short dresses. Versace's version was turquoise with cutouts around the midriff (see the pic).

The Grecian theme continues to be popular with designers. Drapes and ruches were featured in practically all collections. Tuleh and Vera Wang combined the draping with floral features.

As can be expected, in an economic downturn, some designers went back to basics with camel coats, pin stripes, tweeds, double breasted jackets, burberry-inspired trenches & chanel-inspired suits in neutral colours.

Go to http://www.style.com/ for the full trend report.

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