Looks like it's trend report time--Style.com, Net-a-Porter and Topshop all launched their fall shortlists this week. Topshop, like the others, favored trends that complemented their brand identity. Translation? Structured minis, sequin-overload, harem trouser-love and some serious footwear. Check out their six fall call-outs below.
If it's not see-through, it's not couture--at least that's what you would think, looking at the Fall 2009 runways. Transparent black and white looks were popular, as almost everyone included them in their collections. Although this seems a classic direction to take, the transparency trend may also have been tipped off by Chanel's stellar Spring 2009 couture collection, which included quite a few gauzy transparent looks. Regardless, it's safe to say that black tie events everywhere are in for a seductive treat.
Statement shoulders and unabashed fur were strong trends on the Fall 2009 runways but few can say whether the looks will really hit home with shoppers. Regardless, the combination of the two trends--literally, fur statement shoulders--seems to making headway. This week marked the launch of Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2009 ad campaign, in which models pose in the brand's hot pink furs, while a Miu Miu goat hair collar appeared in the new arrivals section of Net-a-Porter. See the trend from runway to retail floor, below.
For many designers, Fall 2009 was all about getting back to basics and sending out salable, classic clothing. As a result, the crisp white jacket made more than a few appearances. Perfect with jeans or a little cocktail dress, a white jacket evokes a clean, sophisticated look that feels especially relevant right now. Check out ten examples from ten different designers and brands in the gallery below.
One popular trend this Fall 2009 were one shoulder looks. Whether dramatic, like the single sleeve dresses at Givenchy, or simple, like Alexander Wang's off-center straps, the trend made us want to stand up tall. Come Fall this style will likely be available at all price points but, until then, check out our favorite designer examples in the gallery below.
With all of the over-the-knee boots and strong shoulders that went into Fall 2009, skirts had to find their own way to stand out. Many designers opted for full short skirts to balance out proportions while others stuck with classic body-skimming minis and pencil skirts. From the many examples of full short skirts, some were structured, like those at D&G, and some were less aggressive, like those at Oscar de la Renta. Regardless, women should have no trouble finding this silhouette come Fall.
In the spirit of getting back to formality after a long three-day weekend, we bring you the best evening wear from the Fall 2009 season. Whether these frocks break fashion boundaries or simply call up classic silhouettes, we find them truly mesmorizing. Check out 125 frocks from Fall 2009 in the gallery below.
Fur was all over the Fall 2009 catwalks and one remarkable group were those rendered in color. From deep burgundy and plum to acid green and bright blue many colors were shown. With these bright, unabashed furs it seemed designers were asserting their power and sending the message that theirs would not be the label to buckle under economic pressure. Whether we will see these colorful furs on the street come winter is another matter entirely but do count on seeing them on newsstands in September. Check out our favorites in the gallery below.
Gloves were quite popular overall this Fall 2009 but there were many half and fingerless options that stood out. Paired with bare arms these extra-short gloves made for a sometimes dainty, sometimes tough fashion statement. In fact, the difference was in the details. While Alexander McQueen toughened his up with studs, Salvatore Ferragamo added feminine roses as a finishing touch.
Having indulged in something of a statement necklace binge last season, it seemed possible that the trend would lose steam this Fall. Although fewer designers showed off oversize necklaces, many chose to go for the look again. Surely an investment that won't go unnoticed, wear an oversized necklace with pulled back hair and minimal makeup.