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Spring/Summer 2009 trends report

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Spring/Summer 2009 trends report

Ready for your spring fashion fix? Our editors bring you the runways' top looks, from statement baubles to far east inspiration to the season's hot hues: electric blue, shocking pink and notice-me chartreuse.


Pictured left to right: Donna Karan, Louis Vuitton, Stella MCCartney

Chic glam: Donna Karan Grand entrance or fab exit? Dressing up takes its cues from red-carpet Hollywood styling, with couture details, bejewelled shine and sensual draping.

Jewellery: Louis Vuitton Big, bold jewellery takes centre stage, from stones and sparkle to beads and baubles that scream “Notice me!”

The new sexy: Stella McCartney Celebrate the female form with shorter lengths, hourglass silhouettes, transparency and skin-baring cutaways.



Pictured left to right: Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, DSquared2

Asymmetry: Dries Van Noten Designers worked a different angle, balancing proportions with a variety of one-shouldered styles, uneven hems and off-centred pleating.

C'est bow: Lanvin Using its feminine charm, the bow becomes the most stylishly seductive detail punctuating this season.

Jersey: DSquared2 Cascades of soft jersey dressing paraded down the catwalk, reliving a '70s Halston moment at the legendary Studio 54.



Pictured left to right: Zac Posen, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin

Round silhouette Ballooning, lighter-than-air shapes - the new geometric
silhouette - will have everyone going in circles.



Pictured left to right: Prada, Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam

Metallica Gold lamé, iridescent fabrics and metallic touches shine through in boy-cut suits, skirts with simple tops and classic - but - sexy cocktail numbers.


All images courtesy of Marcio Madeira
   
 
Pictured left to right: Jil Sander, Donna Karan, Christian Dior

String fever: Jil Sander Get stranded with some fabulous fringe: The motif was served up frontier-filly style at Hermès and glam flapper chic at Jil Sander.

Deconstructed style: Donna Karan Say goodbye to sculpted structure. Tailoring is more relaxed, with a focus on gently deflated or softened-up volume.

Japonism: Christian Dior Take a trip to the Far East and discover kimono
wrapping, obi belts and origami-like pleating for a modern oriental mix.



Pictured left to right: Derek Lam, Dries Van Noten, D&G

Satin glow Solid or print, day or night, slightly shimmery or all-out shine, satin charmeuse is thefabric for spring.



Pictured left to right: Marni, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent

Nude awakening Get naked-or so it would seem, as designers flaunted delicate shades of rose, blush and buff.



Pictured left to right: Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Celine

Sheer delight: Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton Using layers and cut-outs, play a game of peekaboo with see-through chiffon, net and gauze.

1980s: Celine Exposed zippers, sharp-shouldered jackets, sky-high strappy sandals and deconstructed shapes: Love it or hate it, the bold '80s are back!


All images courtesy of Marcio Madeira
   
 
Pictured left to right: Louis Vuitton, Proenza Schouler, Balmain

Shoulder play Fashion's in love with the new erogenous zone: Whether draped at Balenciaga, bump-peaked at Balmain or Minnie Moused at Dolce &
Gabbana, the shoulder is hot!



Pictured left to right: Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Givenchy

The band Jump on the bandwagon in body-con '80s bandage dressing -
made famous by Hervé Léger - to bare, define and sculpt the female form. Proenza Schouler Louis Vuitton.



Pictured left to right: Diane von Furstenberg, Lanvin, Christian Dior

Cocktail dresses Ultra-feminine, chic and shoulder-baring, the It dress is ready for a season of seduction.



Pictured left to right: Zac Posen, Chanel, Burberry

Romance Gossamer, flowing forms, floor-sweeping styles, washed-out hues and ruffles and lace all set the tone for a dreamy, fairy- tale summer.


All images courtesy of Marcio Madeira
   
 
Pictured left to right: Lanvin, Michael Kors, Celine

Draping: Lanvin The star detail for spring! Designers worked fabric until it blossomed and billowed into soft folds of puffed, weightless volume.

Graphic language: Michaels Kors Collections were punched up with bold prints and patterns, from basic stripes and polka dots to gilded mosaic squares.

Ombre Dip-dye effects make for a pretty approach to spring dressing as colours fade from dark to light.



Pictured left to right: Sportmax, Max Azria, Burberry

Pastel shades Summer colours take on a sweet softness in the faded, washed-out hues of pale rose, sky blue, mint green and jonquil yellow.



Pictured left to right: Marc Jacobs, Prada, Ralph Lauren

Mix 'n' match: Marc Jacobs Break all the rules! Play with patterns, colours and patchwork for a psychedelic, quirky cool.

Rumple time: Prada Texture dominated the runways as designers went for undone chic in crinkled, crumpled and rumpled looks.

Desert life: Ralph Lauren For a summer wardrobe update, explore your inner fashion tribe with a neutral colour palette of tan, sand and khaki.



Pictured left to right: Marni, Marc by Marc Jacobs, DKNY

Get sporty For movement and effortless style on and off the court, go for the volume-focused tailoring of drawstring details, cargo pants and shrunken anoraks.


All images courtesy of Marcio Madeira
   
 
Pictured left to right: D&G, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors

High seas Set sail on a nautical theme of red, white and blue with everything from retro striped sweaters and high-waist sailor pants to flag-print wedge sandals.



Pictured left to right: Gucci, Proenza Schouler, Burberry

Pants Choose from boy-cut, dhoti, pyjama, harem, skinny or cargo, but remember: They should be cropped or rolled for an ankle-baring look.



Pictured left to right: DKNY, Dries Van Noten, Chloe

BF jacket: DKNY Roomy, rectangular and with a whole lot of slouch, the boyfriend jacket is spring's new topper.

Crisp white: Dries Van Noten Short- or long-sleeved, tucked in or not, layered or on its own, the classic cotton shirt is a simplified, anytime solution to urban elegance.

Jump-start: Chloe The onesie is all grown up: Whether it's Stella McCartney's sleek, tailored cuts or DKNY's sporty, slouchy styles, dressing just got easier - and it's so much fun!



Pictured left to right: Jean Paul Gaultier, Anna Sui, Peter Som

Colourama Spin the colour wheel and dive into a kaleidoscope of happy hues: saffron, orange, yellow, chartreuse, coral, pink, fuchsia, turquoise, electric blue...


All images courtesy of Marcio Madeira
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Spring/Summer 2009 trends report