Fashion Week: Celebrities and fall '09 trends
Still interested in Fashion Week fall ’09? Here’s a story by Kim Crow, fashion writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, detailing the trends and her favorite shows.
Marc Jacobs sent out several looks that emphasized the shoulder through construction.
BY KIM CROW
OK, if you want my Deep Thoughts on Fashion Week, turn back to the front page of this section. But if you’re looking for the trends, the celebrities and some mean-spirited sniping, this is the story for you.
Strong shoulders: These are not your ’80s power suits. While some designers did indeed find inspiration in those ubiquitous “Dynasty”-era shoulder pads, the more creative among them use pleating, tucking, molding and airy volume to make the point. Why should we embrace this trend? As one Elle editor put it, “Hey, if your shoulders are wider, your hips look smaller.” Um, when can we start ordering these looks?
Touches of neon:
Recession? Check. Big shoulders? Check. Skinny jeans? Check. If we’re loving the ’80s right now, then neon clothing must be all the rage. But never fear; the 2009 version is more understated than in decades past, using chartreuse, hot pink and bright orange to punctuate the endless sea of black and gray clothing on the runways.
Perhaps realizing that their intended customers probably own enough black sweaters, designers sent out a tantalizing selection of accessories, all the better to update what we already have. Chunky, bold necklaces were the jewelry of choice, along with studded and oversize bangles. And interestingly, handbags weren’t as ubiquitous as in seasons past.
While this may be a somewhat unfortunate trend for most women, there’s no denying it — especially after the looks on the Oscar’s red carpet last Sunday. Designers are loving one-shouldered goddess gowns. Come April and May, it should be the silhouette of choice for the most fashion-forward of prom girls.
Expect to see many, many “Mad for Plaid!” headlines come fall. Designers gave it edge with tucking and draping that evoked Alexander McQueen more than Eddie Bauer.
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