January of 2010 has been one of the coldest in history for the U.S. Eastern seaboard. And even though the month isnít yet over, style-minded women are looking ahead to the warmer months and beginning to build their wardrobes. Designers in the fashion capitals of the world set the tone for the season across the globe and though there was a great deal of variety on the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2010, there were a few common themes that appeared in several collections. Expect to see these trends in womenís fashion from street style to couture boutiques.
Clean & Crisp
White is always a popular hue for Spring/Summer but this year itís more than just the color thatís especially clean. Garments for the season have been cut with crisp lines that avoid too much frill or embellishment. Thereís a menswear influence in some places, but the pieces are kept feminine with smart draping and close tailoring. Key labels: Max Azria, Celine, Chloe, Yves Saint Laurent, Matthew Ames.
Do you ever wish you could get away with just wearing your sweats all the time? If so, this will definitely be your year in fashion. Suddenly, fleece is getting the same treatment as linen as active wear carves out a significant presence in designer fashion. And even garments made in luxe fabrics like silk have the shape and inspiration from sports uniforms and gear. Key labels: Alexander Wang, Elie Tahari, Hermes, Nicole Miller.
With conflict happening all over the world, designers seem to be responding with a heavy military influence in their collections. In addition to the perennial bombers and trench coats, this year the flack jacket has made a major play. And the style hasnít been limited to casual separates. Even evening gowns are seeing the influence of the rugged silhouette, which has been interpreted from everyday chic to evening glamour. Key labels: Haider Ackermann, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Balmain.
This season fashion is taking see-thru clothing from trashy to classyÖ at least itís trying. The Spring/Summer runways saw a bevy of exposed underwear and mesh panels that might make a modest person blush. This is definitely a trend to be used sparingly. But strike the right balance and it can make for a chic and breezy summer season. Key labels: Christian Dior, Fendi, Jason Wu, Nina Ricci, Rochas.
Although itís the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris that validate fashion trends from year to year, these style can be found everywhere. Whether youíve got your own personal couturiere or youíre trolling a thrift store, keep these styles in mind to stay on trend.