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2009 September 9

What to Expect on the Runways

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(NEW YORK) In just a few weeks, you'll be looking back at all New York, London, Milan, and Paris had to offer--and starting to plan your spring wardrobe. Last season, we all left the shows with a desperate need for over-the-knee boots, but what will be the look this season? Sylesight's senior vice president of trend analysis, Sharon Graubard, and women's editor Jamie Thomas shared their predictions for the trends they think will rule the spring runways.

"Spring 10 will be all about self-expression. Fashionistas will buy quality items that last, or will communicate personal style with super-special, one-of-kind pieces that say “me.” Both classics and collectibles have staying power.

"Wearing color is the edgy way to go. Look for unexpected, offbeat color combinations, like brights mixed with cosmetic tones. Eye-catching prints will look like paintings, with big brush-strokes, crystal explosions or giant landscapes. Fabrics will be futuristic and technical, or covered with sparkling sequins. Sweaters will look like cobwebs with big airy openings. Sheer tops and dresses are layered over everything, giving it all a dreamy, soft-focus vibe.

"Arty Boho (Bohemian) and Bobo (bourgeois Bohemian) lifestyles continue to influence fashion. A new luxe hippie look will combine pretty flowery dresses with bits of fur, very Mary Kate. Mod “Twiggy” looks are revisited with bright shift dresses and platform shoes, and 50s Beatniks come back into fashion with simple clothes and plenty of black eyeliner, kind of like the style of French actress Audrey Tautou. We will also revisit Grunge, but this time it’s mixed with a bit of hard-edged Punk Rock: think ripped jeans, plaid shirts and studded leather.

"Body-conscious clothes are another direction. Fall’s power shoulders will continue, as will curvy jackets and hourglass shaped dresses. Knits will be draped, knotted and twisted to show off curves. Heathered sweatpants leave the gym and hit the streets, topped with oversized blazers or leather jackets. Mix borrowed-from-the-boys items with sheer sexy knits for the newest, modern way to dress." - Sharon Graubard and Jamie Thomas




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