Fashion week just wrapped up last week in New York City and the trends of spring/summer 2009 have taken shape. While some styles are best left to the professionals (a.k.a. the runway models and those are who are built like them), there are plenty of popular colors, silhouettes, and accessories that will be highly wearable for those of us who don’t prowl the catwalks for a living.
The hues that will be all over the place come March include rich chocolate browns, salmons, oranges, and corals, and vivid chartreuse (yes, bright yellow green may seem a little scary but it can be flattering – don’t knock it till you’ve tried it for yourself); black and white prints and ombre will also be sticking around. Judging by the number of elaborate patterns and ethnic-inspired prints on the runways of designers typically known for their sleek solid pieces like Narciso Rodriguez and Peter Som, bold prints will be more stylish than ever.
In regard to silhouette, this spring heralds the return of a more fitted look, with slim sheaths mixed with fitted jackets of all kinds. Herve Leger’s iconic bandage dress is also still on the fashion radar, and will likely inspire a thousand knockoffs – but there is nothing like the original, as the precisely cut frocks in the Herve Leger by Max Azria show proved all too well. On the other hand, there will be plenty of diaphanous bohemian styles to be had as well, with sheer draped dresses and tops making an appearance in soft pastels (at Jill Stuart) or exotic patterns (at Mara Hoffman and Milly).
There are also some trends that are perhaps best left on the runways, like satin or silky harem pants (think MC Hammer and you’ve got the picture) or the voluminous bloomers/shorts shown at Alexander Herchcovitch. While occasionally a six foot tall glamazon in high heels can rock this look, chances are it won’t translate well to the real world. That said, there have been tons of utterly chic and easy-to-wear looks on this season’s runways – so many that despite the fact that fall has barely started I already cannot wait until spring.
1. Narcisco Rodriguez
2. Peter Som
3. Herve Leger
4. Jill Stuart
5. Mara Hoffman
For New York Fashion Week Show Coverage go to Second City Style Blog
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