1) Flowy Skirts
|Clockwise from top left: Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam, Marc by Marc Jacobs|
2) Little White Dress
|Clockwise from top left: Max Azria, Herve Leger, Cushnie et Ochs|
3) Jewel Tones
|Clockwise from left: Cushnie et Ochs, Jill Stuart, Diane Von Furstenburg|
4) Even Wider Leg Pants
|Clockwise from top left: Derek Lam|
Of course wide leg pants have been in style for a while but they got even more dramatic this year. Wider, bigger and more luxurious: silk, velvet and leather featured prominently. This trend can be a little dramatic for every day, but paired with a conservative blazer or a white T-shirt it can definitely be pulled off.
5) Interesting Knits
|Clockwise from left: Max Azria, Victoria Beckham, Behnaz Serafpour|
6) Fur (faux, of course)
|Clockwise from top left: Lela Rose, aka the Love of My Life (seriously, how much do you LOVE that coat?!), Cushnie et Ochs, Jil Stuart, Marc Jacobs|
My fur policy has been, until recently, somewhat lenient. Nothing real, except for vintage. But I realize that this is a line that could easily blur as time goes on, so I'm sticking to the motto proudly blazoned on a magnet on my mom's fridge: "Real boobs, fake fur" from here on out. And I love the idea of bringing fake fur into play in interesting and unexpected ways: mittens, like at Marc Jacobs or accenting shoulders. There is definitely DIY potential here.
|Clockwise from left: Marc by Marc Jacons, Diane Von Furstenburg, DKNY|
It should come as no surprise that I was elated to see vintage style hats on many a runway this season. Mostly 70s styles, but a few hearkened back even a little further to the 50s, when the hat matched the gloves matched the bags. While I personally may not love the matchy-matchy look, I do appreciate the idea of really taking care with dressing.
8) Polka Dots
|Clockwise from left: Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenburg, Jil Stuart|
My very favorite trend of all. What more can I say?
Later: how to wear these trends without spending a billion dollars. Preview: it involves pajama pants, because I love any excuse to wear them in public.
*Figures not exact.