Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fashion Trends in 2008-2009

Trends are always changing and evolving as the years go in. It is evident through fashion that trends may be short lived, maintained, and may also become a classic. However, some of the trends in 2008 and early 2009 show some extreme shapes, thus being very fashionable and unique. Most likely, I predict that most of the trends evident in these years , will be short lived trends and will be worn my innovators the most. From bell shaped curves, to geometric shoulders and minimalist silhouettes, 2008 and 2009 prove to be years of experimental fashion.

One of the trends that arose in Fall of 2008, was the bell shaped curve. This silhouette was seen in shoulders, skirts, and various tops, creating similar shapes of the bell. This silhouette was also popular in the forties and was revived with soft architecture by designers such as Lanvin, Prada, and Yves St Laurent. In addition to this trend, introduces, "country life." A twist on layering, with a variety of textiles and fabric weights. Carolina Herrera, Richard Chai, and Michael Kors layered a tactile mix of tweed, velvet, shearling, and fur. In contrast, the lean and mean silhouette was among the freshest on the Fall runways. The look was layered—the long paired with the even longer—at Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, and Erin Fetherston.

Not only were style lines trends this year but color as well. Black was the season color for the minimalistic look. A less-is-more philosophy was embedded in the DNA of Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Narciso Rodriguez, and Prada, and all obliged for Fall with beautiful pared-down and precise visions ( With the details of tailored cutting and tailored draping, minimalistic silhouettes could be created. In sharp contrast to this trend, evolved, soft organic silhouettes in shoulder lines, hem lines, and curves. Print still remains a fashion trend, yet the idea of pairing a couple of them is more trendy. Along with pairing different sized stripes together. These for-mentioned trends can all be acknowledged through Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 ready to wear collections from Milan, Paris, New York, and London.


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