Lauren Dimet Waters
Admit it. You are sick of winter too. Never fear. Spring 2008 is looking a lot more colorful. Designers veered from black in favor of vibrant colors, bold patterns, luxurious transparent fabrics, ethnic prints and pressed khaki.
1. Bold Colors
It doesn’t matter if it’s pastel or neon bright, shinny or matte…color is the way to go this spring. The spectrum of the rainbow is yours to capture in every fabric imaginable. Designers who embraced color on the Spring ’08 RTW runway include: Yves Saint Laurent, Giambattista Valli, Lanvin, Vera Wang, Marni, Burberry Prorsum, Gucci and Narciso Rodriguez.
It’s time to think girly-girl and what better way than with fresh flowers? Prints from peonies to roses to lilies to hydrangeas infested the spring runway. There was virtually no designer that didn’t embrace florals, so you have no excuse not to come up roses this spring. Designers who embraced floral prints on the Spring ’08 RTW runway include: Carolina Herrara, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Prada and Dolce and Gabbana.
Do you ever dream you are floating on air? It’s time to make your dreams a reality because urethral sheer sexiness is no longer for the boudoir. Daywear and eveningwear have gone sexy in sheer fabrics like chiffon, gauze, organza, tulle and silks. Designers who embraced transparency fabrics on the Spring ’08 RTW runway include: Louis Vuitton, Jil Sander, MaxMara, Dior, Miu Miu, Marchesa and Monique Lhuillier.
4. Ethnic Prints
Whether you prefer animal or tribal prints, the jungle is calling you. Basically any print that includes brown and/or khaki will do. Designers who embraced ethnic prints on the Spring ’08 RTW runway include: Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Salvatore Ferragamo, Derek Lam, Jean Paul Gaultier and Behnaz Sarafpour.
5. New Neutrals
Black isn’t the only neutral that should come to mind. Especially for spring. Think dove grey, off-white and khaki tones when looking for ways to balance out brights or wear alone. Designers who embraced neutrals on the Spring ’08 RTW runway include: TSE, Badgley Mischka, Proenza Schouler, Bottega Veneta, Zac Posen, Versace, Lanvin and Burberry Prorsum.
6. Bold Prints
Designers went a little abstract with prints. Some even bordered on psychedelic. From paint splashes to tie-dye to bold graphics, there is bound to be at least one that works for you. Designers who embraced bold prints on the Spring ’08 RTW runway include: Fendi, Chloe, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni, Etro, Christian Lacroix, 6267, Alexander McQueen and Thakoon.
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1. Giambattista Valli Spring ’08
2. Carolina Herrera Spring ’08
3. Jil Sander Spring ’08
4. Diane Von Furstenberg Spring ’08
5. TSE Spring ‘O8
6. 6276 Spring ’08
Runway Photos: Style.com