Spring Fashion Trends

part two

text by Fiona Clarke

Continuing with our coverage of the latest runway fashions, here are five additional style trends that are worth serious consideration. By snapping up a few “hot” pieces, you’ll be identified as a gal with her finger on the pulse. And, if you select carefully, these additions will serve you well for seasons to come.

Barely There

Top, left: VALENTINO. Top, right: AKRIS. Bottom, left to right: SIMONE ROCHA, CHRISTIAN DIOR, LOEWE. 

Transparency was a headlining trend – sheer coats, dresses and skirts revealed cycling shorts and full briefs. Basically, it’s all about what lies beneath this season. As shown on the Simone Rocha, Prabal Gurung, Christian Dior and Loewe runways, consider it a more demure take on the ubiquitous naked dress.

Binge On Fringe

Top, left to right: DIANE von FURSTENBERG, ALTUZARRA, CHRISTIAN DIOR. Bottom, left: BOTTEGA VENETA. Bottom, right: ERDEM.

Fringe made a surprise comeback this season. Far from its most recent and very tired festival incarnations, designers like Altuzarra, Diane von Furstenberg, Bottega Veneta, Erdem, Christian Dior and Loewe turned up the volume by giving them a sophisticated, empowered appeal. This embellishment was shown in both evening and day wear.

Mad For Plaid

Top, left: PRABAL GURUNG. Top, right: HERMÈS. Bottom, left: FENDI. Bottom, right: BALENCIAGA.

Whether you gravitate towards classic tartan patterns, gingham-inspired checks or windowpane designs, there is a print for everyone. Carven and Prabal Gurung dresses were bright and summer-ready. Hermès and Marni favored plaid jackets while Fendi designed apposing patterns that, when layered together, worked suprisingly well.

Shimmer And Shine

Top, left: GUCCI. Top, right: VALENTINO. Bottom, left to right: VERSACE, MARC JACOBS, TOM FORD.

To say sequins and sparkles will be a big deal this season is an understatement. Glitter prevailed, at Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Christian Dior, Versace and Chanel. No longer reserved for evening wear, style a glitzy skirt with a sweatshirt or pair a sequined top with jeans to achieve daytime longevity.

Lighter Shades Of Pale

Top, left: VERSACE. Top, right: CHANEL. Bottom, left to right: VICTORIA BECKHAM, CHANEL, PREEN.

Pink, which we covered in part one, is always a spring staple. In addition to the palest of pinks this season, expect to also see an array of soft shades in lilac, lemon, beige and blue. These sorbet-hues translate as delicate, feminine and flattering on the Victoria Beckham, Preen, Chanel, Akris and Versace runways.