Every Fashion Week the industry gets to view what we’ll be wearing in approximately a year from now. That’s right, as we sit here freezing through winter, editors and celebrities are watching the runway for what will come out by Fall 2011. Already we’ve seen some dominant trends this week with many designers embracing a sense of nostalgic romance. Maybe this season we’ve all taken Valentine’s Day a little more to heart.
Fashion has been stuck on the 80’s like a jukebox stuck on repeat for a few seasons already so it’s interesting to see designers look back even further and reference the 70’s more heavily. Those strong shoulders you’ve heard so much about the past two years have stayed far away from the runways in New York with favoring instead more romantic silhouettes. At times that meant a disco-era feel with sleek, sexy options from designers like Michael Kors and Halston. For pants, that meant wide, floor-grazing trousers that brought to mind Diane Keaton as Annie Hall like the ones shown at Catherine Malandrino and Tommy Hilfiger. This might finally spell the end of leggings – are you ready to see them go?
Whether it’s real or faux, fur continues to be a favorite staple this season – no surprise after just how cold and brutal this winter has been. There was hardly a designer who could resist dabbling in sheepskin at the very least, as was the case at Diesel Black Gold where massive coats looked like they could keep a family of Eskimos warm. You can interpret the trend with a faux fur vest or worn over a blazer for a trendy downtown look.
You might think of prints as mainly a Spring trend, but for Fall prints took on their own identity. Vintage, slightly ethnic prints made a strong show at Rachel Roy, while Marc Jacobs played with animal prints (both of the standard leopard variation and the occasional elephant print) for his Marc by Marc Jacobs line. The biggest key to wearing prints in the cooler months is to avoid those bright pops of color and print from your Spring wardrobe and instead opt for a more muted palette.
This trend is best appreciated at a distance, literally. Tons of designers from Project Runway alum Christian Siriano to Fashion Head Honcho Diane Von Furstenburg all showed a few pieces of sheer fabric, whether worn as a shirt or skirt, it left little to the imagination.