Desperate times call for fabulous fashions, and designers paid heed to the call this spring. From glittery what-recession...? flapper frocks (Alberta Ferretti; Aquilano.Rimondi) to Ali Baba pants (Ralph Lauren), turbans (Dries Van Noten), 80s high glam (Balmain), and liquid mercury goddess gowns (YSL), despite dismal headlines, the show went on. Style.com just released their Spring 2009 Trend Report, highlighting the season's Top 6 trends:
Depression Chic Working both sides of the crash of '29, glittery dresses were balanced by faded sack dresses (Burberry; Bottega Veneta), which were fringed (Raf Simons at Jil Sander) and apparently headed for the little house on the prairie at Marc Jacobs.
Geometry Lessons Architectural and voluminous fabric folds, twists, bends, and manipulations evoked Minnie Mouse ears (the sleeves at Dolce & Gabbana), ruffled skirts (Oscar de la Renta), and fabulous boxiness (Calvin Klein).
Goddess Worship Even if the news is bad, a girl can still live large in a drapey, go-to goddess gown: light and airy at Marchesa, liquid mercury at Yves Saint Laurent, and accented with jewels at Catherine Malandrino and Monique Lhuillier.
Marrakech Express Hear the raucous call of a Morroccan souk, thanks to djellabas (Gucci), harem pants (Ralph Lauren), turbans (Dries & Paul Smith), and countless slouchy, sexy silk jumpsuits fit for lounging langorously beneath the Arabian night sky.
Sporting Goods As we continue to collectively tip the scales into mass obesity, designers are fighting back with fabulous running pants, hoodies, and body suits (Louis Goldin; Missoni; Michael Kors), and, in one case, boxing gear (Kris Van Assche). But with threads this sleek, will people be willing to break a sweat?
Trash & Vaudeville Enough already with whining about the 80s being back. Thanks to Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, London's Meadham Kirchhoff, and Christophe Decarnin (Balmain), ripped denim and shredded lace has never looked better.
- Lesley Scott
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