Better late than never - let's get to the Spring 09 trends:
There were ruffles at the hem, ruffled skirts, ruffled blouses, ruffled dresses - even ruffles that were vertical. A ruffled gown is where it's at.
We saw a lot of goldenrod yellow, rusty red, poppy red, and strong, clear blues. These are not your same old, same old colors. Check out the new aqua, too.
Is this like the YSL's classic "Le Smoking"? Well - yes, and no. You don't need to smoke to wear a cigarette suit. But you will be smoking hot in one this spring, instead of doing the Hillary Clinton baggy pantsuit thing. Since leggings are DEAD (yes, we said DEAD) this is the new, simple chic way to wear pants - super skinny pants, in a fabric that is NOT denim, with a matching jacket that is usually long, belted, and while very sharply tailored, and also hangs in a soft, light way - nothing bulky about it. Oscar de la Renta's tan belted cigarette suit is drop dead chic, as are Matthew Williamson's cigarette suits in bright colors.
Beading on Clothes:
Some of the necklace detail was already on the dress - beading is back, usually as a cluster at the neck, a la necklaces. Vera Wang both beaded her thin stiff chiffon layers AND created fabulous jewelry to go with it.
They're daring, different, a little hippie-like, and they are nothing like the new artists' prints we saw for spring 08, or the dark florals of fall 08. They are smaller, have more infusion of color, and then seem to be washed out a little. Matthew Williamson did it brilliantly, as did Jenni Kayne, and it showed up on Diane von Furstenburg, on Barbara Tfank's evening dresses, and on a top of Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti. We even saw printed pants.
Fit n' Flare Dresses:
This is one way to describe a dress with a tight bodice, and a full flared skirt - that is either short or just over the knee. This spring, f n' f is a big look: very reminiscent of the fifties, and more innocent times - and lots of the best ones were strapless. But they also came in one shoulder, round necks with no sleeves, or short sleeved versions, in solids or prints. Oscar de la Renta did it best, as he always does: a floral f n' f is very chic. We also liked Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti's tan chiffon ballerina f n' f dress, with one shoulder and a full chiffon tulle skirt. Ballerina is also a trend - check out Jonathon Saunders beautiful tulle looks and Rodarte's punk ballerinas. Are they meant to be ironic? Are they influenced by Carrie Bradshaw? Or are they just pretty - and slightly new looking? We're not sure, but we get a kick out of them. Wonder how long it will take Paris Hilton to score one.