Trend Report: Fall & Spring 2011 Fashion Week Catwalk

Delving into the trends that have been big this year. This is everything made simple, it is all you need to know about the trends and the designers brought about their reign. Bringing you all the latest trends from the last two seasons straight to you. From animal print to feathers, ladylike to nomadic- the boyish trend has been totally revamped this year. Time to revamp your wardrobe, up your ante and work the trends. However not all these trends will work in the tropics, pick, choose and wear wisely.

For those of you out there that perhaps find it difficult to wear grown-up, minimal, clean-cut clothes then this trend is for you. Two keys designers that transcended this look for fall 2010 are John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier and they both approached it from different angles. For John Galliano, he’s inspiration was from a story of nomadic princesses going across the mountains and wearing whatever they could find along the way, this ultimately translated to brocade jackets trimmed with fur, huge chiffon skirts and impossible heels with tiaras and strange head dresses on the catwalk. Jean Paul Gaultier on the other hand had an ethnic style mix of Chinese, Japanese and Thailand and a lot of eye-catching prints.

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Riccardo Tisci&#39s fierce collection included glamorous wild leopard prints at Givenchy. While for Roberto Cavalli’s 40th anniversary show we saw how every piece was intricately done by hand showing all the techniques and craftsmanship from the last 40years.

The boy-meets-girl theme was obvious. For John Galliano at Christian Dior the inspiration was girl meets boy and falls in love with the boy&#39s wardrobe. While at Stella McCartney, there was a mixture ofclean-cut trouser suits paired with played down T-shirts. At Viktor & Rolfit was thepinstriped shirts. Nicolas Ghesquière creative director at Balenciaga collection had the same theme and took inspiration from punk, rock and goth. The tough rock &#39n&#39 roll chick was practically represented at Jean Paul Gaultier.

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With great anticipation we all waited to see Sarah Burton debut collection since stepping into the role of creative director at Alexander McQueen. The collection was surreal with a bohemian fusion inspired by nature and goddesses. The pieces were delicately crafted leathers mixed with ribbons, raffia, metal thread, crochet and silk all inter-twined all showing McQueen&#39s legacy. For Karl lagerfield at Chanel, it was a parade of more than 80 models in the show. Feathers was on display everywhere you turned, even the classic Chanel suit had trimmings of feathers. Each outfit had a certain underlying attitude without letting go of the signature chic and classic style we have known with Chanel for decades.

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This is lady-like which is a different version of the girlie. Fall 2010 catwalks of Marc Jacobs with Louis Vuitton saw this trend with ‘Bridget Bardot’s’ character as inspiration. Also, Prada has a quirkier take with the cashmere stockings and glasses.

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At Celine we saw creative director Phoebe Philo’s Marrakesh mosaic tribal prints with fringing. The dominant colours were camel, teal, royal, cyan, sapphire, peacock, and sky, There were also similar structural prints at Mary Katrantzou and Holly Fulton catwalks with contrasting bold colour blocks.

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This was a current version of the grunge that most of us have come to know. It was plastered all over Fall 2010 catwalks, from Marc Jacobs with long sequin skirts paired with slouchy over-sized jumpers. Also, at Ederm we saw A-line floral silk skirts paired with cashmere round necks keeping for a very glamorous and elegant look. At Richard Nicoll, there were long chiffon skirts the same with slouchy jumpers we saw at Marc Jacobs. This trend is easy and wearable, as you don’t have to go out and buy the entire look. You probably have the main staple in everyone your wardrobe already.

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It is exciting to see trousers back on the forefront of fashion. Fall 2010, saw fluid-flare trousers, which were seen at Chloe and Phillip Liam. These are best worn high waisted as they lengthen the legs in an elegant and glamorous way. Pair them with a polo neck or flimsy top and skinny belt with high heels. The peg trousers were also big like we saw at Jaeger and Alexander Wang. They are best cropped just above the ankle for a modern look. The cigarettes pants are a key piece to minimalism just as we saw at Celine with a varying of shapes and styles. They fold just above the ankle so its very modern. The skinny cargo is a staple just as we saw at Dries Van Noten, who mixed army tough style made from different sweatshirt materials and paired with luxurious fabrics such as brocades and silks to give a more glamorous look and feel.

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Sherling was a big trend for Autumn/Winter 2010. At Burberry, the look was aviator inspired style while Pringle of Scotland opted for a luxurious boy-friend style of sherling. At DKNY and Phillip Lim the look had the city girl look. Jaeger had all sorts of sherling shoes with both heeled and flats boots.

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