Hot for Spring

I spent the freezing cold weekend looking ahead to Spring by poring over the Spring 2010 fashion shows. For the most part, you can expect an ultra-feminine season, with lots of lace, ruffles, silk and chiffon fabrics, beaded detail, and the standout colors red and yellow taking center stage alongside classic black and white and quieter neutral beiges and caramels. Here are photos from a few of my favorite shows. The photo galleries from each of the ones I've featured are worth checking out in their entirety.

 

Red lipstick and lingerie as outerwear were big at Christian Dior, my favorite Spring 2010 show. Yes, the lingerie-by-day thing is making a comeback. No, you probably shouldn't try it unless it takes the form of a cute dress with lingerie-esque details. Lingerie as outerwear generally works best on women under 25 who are out clubbing. The end.

 

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Red was everywhere on the runway for spring, including at Badgley Mischka, another favorite show of mine. Their spring line is absolutely gorgeous.

 

Black and white is the hot color combination this spring. Emporio Armani definitely has a Spring runway worth watching, with many looks you can replicate yourself. Check out this black blazer over a white dress. Throw in a statement necklace to make things interesting.

 

Lots more black and white at Givenchy, as well as stripes! I love this jacket.

 

Yellow is the color of the hour, seen here at Proenza Schouler.

 

Military details continue to be big - Check out this interpretation from Rag & Bone.

 

 

Here's more black and white from Temperley, which offered up a beautifully intriguing spring line.

 

 

To recap- Spring's best trends, the ones you can shop your closet for and continue wearing well into the future, are black, white and red pieces.

 

Expect to see plenty of polka dots and stripes on the racks, but don't buy up too many of these prints- They will quickly become dated.

This season really has something for everyone- Romantic, feminine types will revel in the pastel dresses, ruffles, chiffon and lingerie-esque details designers are offering for spring. For the less fussy, there are plenty of utilitarian looks that are hot now, featuring neutral colors and sharp military details.

Wild, modern patterns were also all over the runway, but this is a look I'll be avoiding completely. They may be stylish now but they remind me a little too much of something you'd see in a 1983 JC Penney catalog. Yick.


Still hot from fall/winter 2009: red lipstick, leggings and skinny jeans, and the statement necklace. Continue wearing them and you'll stay in style.

 

I'll devote some upcoming posts to finding affordable pieces that will make you look like you stepped off the Spring runway, but remember to check out your closet first- This Spring in particular, you're sure to already have much of what you need to look chic.

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