So, what are the trends you can expect to see for Spring ’08? Glad you asked…
1. A muted color palette
In everything from chiffon to linen some designers went muted.
Jason Wu, Monique Lhuillier, Calvin Klein, Luca Luca, Erin Fetherston, BCBG, Chris Han, Doo.Ri, Costello Tagliapietra
2. Bright color palette
Conversely, some designers went bold using colors like merigold, kelly green and fuschsia like Reem Acra, Marc Jacobs, Tuleh, Diane von Furstenberg, Jayson Brunsdon, Marc Bouwer, Cynthia Steffe, Carlos Miele, Lela Rose, Abaete, Thakoon
3. Safari wear
Chaiken, Donna Karan, Ports 1961, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Fursteberg, Michael Kors, Behnaz Sarafpour, Elie Tahari, Lela Rose, Adam Lippes
4. Floral and abstract patterns
Anne Klein, Carolina Herrera, Abaete, Chris Han, Tibi, Michael Kors, Custo Barcelona, Naeem Khan, Anna Sui, Milly, Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, Tuleh, Dian von Furstenberg, Twinkle, Carlos Miele, Elie Tahari, Mara Hoffman, Marc Bouwer, Bill Blass, Tracy Reese, Thakoon
5. Light as air, sheer, flowing dresses and gowns
Calvin Klein, Monique Lhuillier, Jason Wu, Chris Han, Carmen Marc Valvo, Michael Kors, Luca Luca, Oscar de la Renta, Erin Fetherston, Tuleh, Temperley, Badgley Mischka, Carlos Miele, Lela Rose, Toni Maticevski, Mara Hoffman, BCBG, Marchesa
6. Petal and ruffled necklines
Monique Lhuillier, Carmen Marc Valvo, Erin Fetherston, Terrexov, Carlos Miele, Lela Rose, Toni Maticevski, Chris Han, Benjamin Cho, Derek Lam, Jill Stuart
7. Strapless, asymmetrical and halter tops
It’s all about the shoulders and in many cases, just one.
Donna Karan, Carmen Marc Valvo, Monique Lhuillier, Calvin Klein, Milly, Erin Fetherston, Tuleh, Behnaz Sarafpour, Jason Wu , Badgley Mischka, Carlos Miele, Lela Rose, Adam Lippes, BCBG, Chris Han, Bill Blass, Carolina Herrera, Doo.Ri, Marchesa, Jill Stuart, Vera Wang, Thakoon
8. Underwear as outerwear
OK, we are not talking Madonna of the 90’s here, but there were quite a few bralets, corsets and bra-like back closures.
Betsey Johnson, Grey Ant, Tibi, Joanna Mastroianni, BCBG, Marc Bouwer, Lela Rose, Abaete, Brian Reyes
Charles Nolan, Milly, Brian Reyes
9. Short shorts
Better do those squats all winter because the Bermuda has given way to the shortest shorts ever. If you are really toned (and brave) you may want to try the maillot short (think 40’s style bikini bottom). Then again, maybe not.
Jayson Brunsdon,Temperley, Milly, Nicholai, Twinkle, Badgley Mischka, Abaete, Anna Sui, Charles Nolan, Doo.Ri, Derek Lam, Jill Stuart, United Bamboo, Brian Reyes
These were shown in pant versions, capri versions and sadly, short versions. Onesies for adults.
Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui, Rachel Comey, Lela Rose, Temperley
12. Paper bag pants & skirts
We pray this is a trend that does not catch on because, think about it, if it bubbles over, it’s not flattering.
Temperley, Monique Lhuillier, Lela Rose, Marc Jacobs
Badgley Mischka, Tracy Reese, Abaete
13. High-waisted everything
This is great news for those of use who are long-waisted and/or just can’t bare to ever see another wale-tail again. Waist lines were up in pants, skirts and shorts. If you step into it…it’s high.
Temperely, Cynthia Rowley, Badgley Mischka, Elie Tahari, Abaete, Grey Ant, Jason Wu, Twinkle, Anna Sui, Doo.Ri, Peter Som, United Bamboo, Tracy Reese