Trends report: Fall/Winter 2008-2009

Jul 03 2008 by
Categories : Fashion

Enjoy the season's new looks, from sharp shapes and boho glam to the return of the sexy secretary.






Architectural

Designers played with a new set of building blocks, sculpting sleek, armour-like shapes that highlight structured panels and savvy geometrics.

Style tip

Be careful with proportions and volume. Exagerated details, such as a face-framing collar, can be overpowering.

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Jil Sander, Costume National, Balenciaga







Puritan

Take a clean break with a less-is-more motto. Plain, spare and with a stark palette, the glamorous restraint of hidden sexuality in tailored shapes puses past pared-down minimalism to one that’s decidedly austere.

Style tip

The Puritan look can be quite severe and sombre, so go for a soft, casual hairstyle to creat ebalance.

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Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Prada







Men’s fabrics

Look to your man’s closet one mroe time and mix traditional country fabrics — from tweeds to tartans — for a top-to-toe feminine look with a hint of British eccentricity.

Style tip

Add some punch to a tweed outfit with colourful tights and accessories.

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Dolce & Gabbana, Peter Som, D&G







Boho

Not your average hippie. This season’s free-spirited rich girl takes on a ’70s vibe in slouchy shapes, folk embroideries and bold prints with luxurious touches of fur and gems.

Style tip

Don’t play the gypsy in brights. Try a darker palette of burgundy, violet, inky blue or black.

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Dries Van Noten, Anna Sui, Gucci







Fur

Things got plenty hairy on the runways with our cold-weather friends: From the tiniest of raw trims to blown-out beastly coats in fox, mink, goat and shearling, the fur was flying!

Style tip

Over-the-top, showy furs are out. Simply cut vests and coats with practically no details will get you the new casual cool.

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Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Barbara Bui

On the next page: Lady, fall hues, long & lean, knits and coordinates

Images courtesy of Marcio Madeira





Lady

Return to a time when dressing up was an everday affair: Gal get lady-fied in perfectly polished retro styles — bow blouses, pencil skirts and neatly tailored suits — beloved of the optimistic ’50s.

Style tip

Warning: A full-on ladylike look can amke you appear 10 years older. Add only one or two elements at a time to keep it fresh.

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Louis Vuitton, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Dior







Fall hues

Fallow the golden light and find a rich, autumnal palette of mustard, rust, amber and chestnut reflecting the country-heritage mood of the ’70s.

Style tip

Spin a ’70s colour wheel with head-to-toe monochromatic styling for a slimmer, elongated silhouette.

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Proenza Schouler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Diane von Furstenberg







Long and lean

Long and lean became the
mots du jours as hemlines dropped and volume collapsed, emphasizing a leaner silhouette that seemed to go one for miles.

Style tip

Longer lengths work for most body types, but don’t overdo it — especially with heavier fabrics!

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Stella McCartney, Derek Lam, 6267







KnitsCozy, comfy and chic: What’s not to love about fall’s knit parade? Its webby, chubby, loopy, cable and Fair Isle patterns inspire a touch-me-feel-me mood.

Style tip
A lightweigth knit turtleneck — the season’s must-have — ina neutral shade can easily be worked into your wardrobe.

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Louis Vuitton, Dries Van Noten, Alexander McQueen


Coordinates
Power dressing takes on a sassy, put to-gether ’70s look that’s not aggressive but rather sleek, coordinated and –dare we say — done!

Style tip
A coordinated look –coat/dress/skirt/pants — will give you a polished outfit that’s perfect for any important meeting.

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Derek Lam, Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana

On the next page: Skirts, coats, pants and blouses

Images courtesy of Marcio Madeira







Skirts

Don’t try to skirt the issue: From mid-calf to ankle-grazing, this timeless, hip-hugging staple was all over the colelctions, showing off it’s assests.

Style tip

Mid-calf-length skirts can be tricky, so opt for a pair of high-heeled boots to help lengthen those legs.

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Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors







CoatsNo-fuss tailoring in a quiet classicism of mannish styles — enveloping, double-breasted, daddy versions — turned up one winter’s must-have list. Fashion’s surprise? The sleeveles coat.

Style tip
To get the most bang for your buck, choose a classic-cut, tailored coat that you can wear for several seasons.

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BCBG Max Azria, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Burberry


PantsSexy chic! That’s the message this season in pants: Body-conscious, slim, jean-cut styles create a sleek, razor-sharp shape.

Style tip
Ankle-cropped slim pants can give the illusion of shorter legs, so remember to add skyscraping high heels.

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Marni, Celine, Balenciaga


Blouses
The feminine blouse returns with a demure, coquettish flair, focusing around the neck area with ruffles, bows and frills.

Style tip
Prim, Victorian-style blouses look best with straight-leg trousers or jeans to avoid that old, stuffy look.

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Carolina Herrera, Givenchy, Proenza Schouler

Images courtesy of Marcio Madeira

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