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Spring Fashionweek 2008: Top 10 Most Interesting Trends from the New York Shows. FASHIONTRIBES FASHION BLOG

Fashion_trend  Talented designers function like a canary in the mine: they act as a translator of the collective unconscious. When Marc Jacobs staged his most recent Spring 2008 collection in reverse - opening with his final bow, followed by the final look (#56) & then the rest of the run-of-show in descending order - he sent out look after look with underthings peeking out through transparent layers. Consciously or not, he was tapping into a major theme of our time: what lies beneath the surface of things.

“Every epoch has a dominant science," prominent futurist Watts Wacker once told Fashiontribes in a pop culture article appearing in the Fashiontribes Downtown Doll e-zine. "In the industrial age it was chemistry, the dominant science in the information age was physics and the dominant science in the post-information age will be biology.”  While the 19th century focused on chemistry via mass-scale production, & the 20th century saw space travel & a man walk on the moon for the first time during the age of physics - the new millenium welcomed the decoding of the human genome and continues to explore the inner space that falls within the realm of biology as the dominant organizing principle of society today.

With growing political unrest worldwide, deteriorating environmental conditions, rising Internet crime and a whole host of other less-than-savory social conditions permantly headlining the news, it's not surprising that another strong trend to emerge from the Spring 2008 shows was the emphasis on fantasy & escapism. Collections were inspired by an exotic Under the Volcano island getaway (Diane von Furstenberg), Busby Berkley (Anna Sui), 1950s vintage Americana high school dance aka prom night (Betsey Johnson), South Korean fairy tales (Kyung Min Kim, Academy of Art), secret gardens, fantastical creatures & "the magical wardrobes of their childhoods (Mooka Kinney, Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion).

The rising eco- & political-awareness in pop culture is also influencing a growing cadre of designers. Behnaz Sarafpour limited her palette to organic fabrics with natural dyes (as did Noir), Jiyoon Yeom (Academy of Art University) dedicated her collection to Nature's Spirit in an effort to encourage people to reconnect with nature, and James Yoest & Sharon Chia-yu Yeh (Academy of Art University) used organic & reused fabric such as parachute which almost looked like clothing cut from a green plastic garbage bag (but in the coolest way possible) - similar to an ankle length dress and skirt on the political-symbol laden Sabyasachi runway. Other designers addressed concerns about the effects of global warming with inclement weather chic anoraks (Akiko Ogawa, Berardi), and even full-on protective facial masks (Young Meagher).

Escapism also translated to an ongoing vein of nostalgia with retro trend of old-school Hollywood glamour including high-waisted pin-up girl shorts & looks, shimmery sequin-covered garments for day, disco ball shiny silver dresses, full length gowns from the glam pre-war Art Deco period, and the continuation of the ankle/floor length day dress (unfortunately also known as the "patio", "hostess" & worst of all, the "maxi" dress & desperately in need of a much cooler moniker). While black is always the new black, what's interesting is how much of it was being shown for spring. Less interesting was the amount of white (this being the warm weather collection, after all), however the predominance of black & white mixtures and prints proved an interesting offshoot. Naturally, spring Easter Egg pastels made a strong showing, as well as Skittles-bright primary colors and exuberantly loud & cheery color mixes of vibrant reds, blinding yellows, and blues of any & every shade.

Top 10 most interesting trends from New York Spring 2008 Fashionweek:

  1. Transparency & What Lies Beneath
  2. Fantasy Island Escapism
  3. Eco-Aware
  4. Ankle Length Chic
  5. Pin-Ups Through the Ages
  6. Hollywood Heyday Glamour
  7. Heavy Metal Shine
  8. Ebony & Ivory
  9. Technicolor Explosion
  10. Shh! Quiet Easter-Egg Pastels

- Lesley Scott


Top 10 colors for spring 08 fashions.


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left to right: Marc Jacobs, Naoki Takizawa, Erin Fetherston, Threeasfour, VPL

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Jill Stuart, Doo.Ri, Anna Sui, Reem Acra, Marc Jacobs

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Akiko Ogawa, Diesel, J. Mendel, Rodarte


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left to right: Charles Nolan, Snoopy in Fashion, Mooka Kinney (Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion), Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kyung Min Kim (Academy of Art University)


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Anna Sui, MinSun Lee (Academy of Art University), McQ, Heatherette

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Malandrino, Diane von Furstenberg, Sue Stemp,  Marc Jacobs

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Karen Walker, Thakoon, Anne Klein, Carolina Herrera, Gottex

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Zac Posen, Katy Rodriguez, Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler



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left to right: Akiko Ogawa, James Yoest & Sharon Chia-yu Yeh (Academy of Art University), Sabyasachi, Young Meagher (Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion)   


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Behnaz Sarapour, Noir, Berardi


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left to right: Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Grace Sun (Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion), Zac Posen, Sabyasachi

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Rachel Roy, Sue Stemp, Thakoon, Yigal Azrouel, H Fredriksson

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Tibi, Barbara Tfank, Badgley Mischka, Staerk, Brian Reyes, Anna Sui

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Behnaz Sarafpour, Tommy Hilfiger, Tracy Reese, Tse, Lacoste, Vera Wang


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left to right: Temperley, Barbara Tfank, Lacoste, Doo.Ri

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Nicole Miller, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Lela Rose, Malandrino


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left to right: Rodarte, Badgley Mischka, Temperley, Jovovich-Hawk, Proenza Schouler

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Snoopy in Fashion, Marc Jacobs, Tracy Reese, Oscar de la Renta, Lu Kun (Art for Progress show), Ports 1961

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Rodarte, Philosophy, Preen, Thakoon, Alexander Wang


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left to right: Naeem Khan, Peter Som, Vivienne Tam, Alexander Wang, Rodarte

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Y & Kei, Tory Burch, Katy Rodriguez, Rachel Roy, Tuleh

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Vera Wang, Anne Klein, Preen,  Malandrino, Erin Fetherston

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Vera Wang, Ruffian, Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Chris Benz


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left to right: Vera Wang, H Fredriksson, Tuleh, Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Sari Gueron

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Staerk, Malo, Benjamin Cho, Michael Kors, Helmut Lang


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Marc Jacobs, Naoki Takizawa, VPL, Ruffian, Zac Posen

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Diesel, Ohne Titel, Lacoste, Malo, Narciso Rodriguez, Calvin Klein

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Charles Nolan, Berardi, Helmut Lang, Jeremy Laing, Ralph Lauren


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Marc by Marc Jacobs, MinSun Lee, Badgley Mischka, Y-3, Anna Sui, Bruce

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Proenza Schouler, Bill Blass, L.A.M.B., Delphyne (Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion), Thakoon, Tibi

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Carlos Miele,  DKNY, Sue Stemp, Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu


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left to right: McQ, Rodarte, Douglas Hannant, Jason Wu, Betsey Johnson

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Ralph Lauren, Brian Reyes, Chris Benz,  Stephen Burrows, Lacoste

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Marc by Marc, Ralph Lauren, Threeasfour, Zac Posen, Adam

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3.1 Phillip Lim, Zero Maria Cornejo, Tuleh, Alexander Wang, DKNY

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Benjamin Cho, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Peter Som,  Rachel Roy, Sari Gueron

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Ohne Titel, Katy Rodriguez, Derek Lam, Marchesa

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Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Malandrino, Nicholai, Reem Acra


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left to right: Jill Stuart, Gottex, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs

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Bill Blass, Tommy HIlfiger, Badgley Mischka, Ruffian, Derek Lam

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Charles Nolan, Chaiken, Calvin Klein, House of Dagmar (Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion), Diane von Furstenberg

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Cynthia Rowley, MaxAzria, Marchesa, Luca Luca, Barbara Tfank, Jovovich-Hawk


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threeasfour, Preen, Rodarte, Betsey Johnson

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Great review of Spring Fashion week! I love all the trends lately, especially the metallics and bold, bring colors. I'm a big fan of Peter Som's collection... it's both fresh, trendy and actually wearable. Have you heard anything about Lord & Taylor negotiating a deal with him? It's still in the works, but it would be awesome if they started carrying an affordable line of his. I think it's all part of Lord & Taylor's re-branding efforts; they're making some cool changes.

Posted by: Iheartfashion33 | Sep 21, 2007 5:04:46 PM

Great review of Spring Fashion week! I love all the trends lately, especially the metallics and bold, bring colors. I'm a big fan of Peter Som's collection... it's both fresh, trendy and actually wearable. Have you heard anything about Lord & Taylor negotiating a deal with him? It's still in the works, but it would be awesome if they started carrying an affordable line of his. I think it's all part of Lord & Taylor's re-branding efforts; they're making some cool changes.

Posted by: Iheartfashion33 | Sep 21, 2007 5:06:11 PM

Great review, thanks! I love all the trends this year-- especially the bold, bright colors and metallics. I especially like Peter Som's collection-- its trendy yet actually wearable. Have you heard about the possible deal Lord & Taylor is pursuing with him? Hopefully sometime down the line they will start carrying an affordable line of his. I think its all part of their re-branding campaign... they are making some cool changes lately.

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I'm so sorry-- I didn't think it went through the first time because it didn't recognize my user name..and it never showed up, so I posted again-- My apologies!

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