Fashion Forecast

January 17, 2009 • Magazine

Fashion Forecast

Fashion Forecast

Sun, 2009-01-18 13:00

Jenn Scott

As the winter months drag on, even the most die-hard cold weather enthusiast tends to grow weary. That is, until Fashion Week comes into view. It may be a month away, but it allows for some excitement for the otherwise dull days.

As the fashion industry prepares, every fashionista waits with baited breath to see what will come down those long runways.

Although some things may be predictable, there is always an element of surprise, which inevitably triggers a wave of new fashion that trickles down through the masses.

This year will be no different. Will the upcoming Fall ’09 runway sport brand new, completely redone looks, or will it be a fusion of past-influenced threads?

So, let’s make some predictions, shall we?

One of the things I’ve noticed a lot again lately — and may I mention, love — is plaid. I like it as an accent, an oversized shirt (belted), shoes or a handbag … what have you. Will plaid reappear on the runway, even though it already showed up on the runway heavily in Fall of 2006 … or has it run its course?

Another trend that seems to be catching on strong is sheer fabrics. This is such a classic look, whether it be a simple top or a dress. Also, when working with sheer fabrics, you are allowed some creativity with what you wear underneath, which leads to several different outfits. Sheer showed up on the runway for Spring ’08 and Spring ’09. Will the trend hang on strong for Fall ’09?

I may be one of the few, but I love booties. I think they are a perfect blend of funky and chic. Manolo, Oscar, Sergio, and Alexander have all created lace booties that are lust worthy. The beauties can be worn with a work suit or sexy dress. Will this controversial shoe/boot again be a staple in February?

Feathers have seemed to crop up everywhere, especially last Fall. Whether they are an accent on a headband, a handbag, or worked into a skirt — feathers are fantastic! Not only are feathers a fabulous way to add a little pizzazz to a outfit, they are also politically correct – which is personally important to me!

Only time will tell if these trends will make it back on the runway. Hang around for the excitement … and more importantly the answers! See you at Fashion Week!

1. Alexander McQueen Fall 06 RTW Runway
2. Alessandro Dell AcQua, BCBG, J. Mendel RTW Spring 08 Runway
3. Manolo Blahnik Lace Bootie $353
4. Oscar de la Renta Lace Cutout Bootie $695
5. Badgley Mischka Fall 08 RTW
6. Monique Lhullier Fall 08 RTW

Image Layout: Allison Merzel

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