2010 Spring Fashion Runway Report

Following her seasonal trip to New York Fashion Week, ALIVE’s Fashion Editor recounts the season’s must-have looks and where to score them in St. Louis

 

Denim
From Levi Strauss & Co.s work wear in the 1920s to the pricey designer denim popular for much of the last decade, jeans have long been an American fashion staple. This season is no exception. Equally at home on Ralph Laurens fantastical range (in the form of bib overalls reminiscent of classics by OshKosh BGosh) and Dean and Dan Catens invented “glamping” (short for “glamorous camping,” natch), grounds, spring denim comes dyed, distressed, quilted, cropped and in styles that range from everyday to elegant.

Where to find it: Local boutique owner Valerie Mills Fine Apparel (Clayton, 314.727.4545) was smart to stock up on lines that count denim as a star player for spring. A retailer of both designer labels, such pieces as Anna Suis grey denim shirtdress with floral-embroidered trim and Rebecca Taylors tailored cropped jacket with playful white polka dots will likely be found on Mills shelves through summer.
How to wear it: Although you likely already have countless pairs of jeans in your closet, invest in another take
on the traditional fabric this season. A denim dress looks new, and a denim blazeras seen at G-Star, and in a Chanel-inspired box shape at Bensoni instantly updates any work wardrobe.

Sequins
You know the expression: “Theres a time and a place.” When it came to sequin-bedecked clothing, such instances were long limited to New Years Eve, black-tie benefits and Halloween…if going as Lady Gaga. However, if designers have their say, we will soon be gleaming down the aisles of the grocery store. On runway after runway, sequins were made commonplace when paired with casual pieces; spangled denim with a military jacket at Balmain, a tinseled tee with a basic black skirt at Tory Burch and flashy shorts with a plain white tank at Richard Chai. Still, others (Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Emilio Pucci) continue to equate sequins with party wear, versus daywear, having yet to succumb to the Gaga Effect.

Where to find it: Luckily, youll have no trouble creating your look, as many local retailers took a shine to sequins, scooping up ample bling for spring. At Splash (Saint Louis Galleria, 314.721.6442), get your sparkle by way of 3.1 Phillip Lim, whose tuxedo jacket was a season favorite. At Saks Fifth Avenue (Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200), youll want to hit up Burberry; pieces like the runways shimmery cinched jackets that were
paired with metallic minis will likely be in store.
How to wear it: This season, ease into the trend by pairing a jeweled tee with a conservative jacket for day; like color combinations “work,” so try silver with heather grey or gold with camel. For night, throw caution to the wind in a glittered frock that catches
the light like a disco ball.

Cutouts
One of the top trends to emerge from the Fall 2009 shows, the short, tight “body-con” dress had dozens of designers revealing different takes than last season. As a result, many fashion spectators were left to wonder whether they had seen as scanty as they were going to see; confirmed at the Spring 2010 shows, they had not.

This season, already daring bandage dresses and more come complete with skin-baring slits and keyholes. We saw graphic cutouts with plastic insets at Michael Kors, peek-a-boo backs that took on mesh sports bra shapes at Nicole Miller and “carved” peace sign symbols on cocktail numbers by Rossella Jardini at Moschino. Although its still unclear whether designers will continue to test the boundaries post-spring, one thing is certain staying cool this season will come easily.

Where to find it: One collection to try on for size is Nicole Millers. Increasingly deviating from her overly refined reputation, her latest is best described as sexy with a hint of sport. Her cutout-heavy collection is available locally at Alixandra Collections (Ladue, 314.997.2360) and Boutique 83 (Central West End).
How to wear it: Want to work the look, but scared it will skew too sexy? Opt for a knee-skimming frock, and keep the cutouts flattering and age appropriate. Reveal your shoulders in an 80s-inspired dress with hole-punched sleeves, or show off your toned back in a top with spandex and an athletic shape.

Watercolors
Spring runways bloomed with wearable works of artample gowns, jumpsuits and tunics awash in abstract prints. Feminine flowers and pretty swirls of color seemingly drawn on with paintbrushes were defining characteristics of collections by Stella McCartney, Christian Siriano, Doo.Ri and DKNY. Though unabashedly bold, the prints were shown from head to toe (at Etro), and were even mixed (at Thakoon), taking the watercolor trend much louder than in seasons past; so loud, in fact, the nouveau “works of art” would likely be
kicked out of any respectable museum.

Where to find it: DKNYs flower-packed SS10 collection is among the most wearable. Complete with drawstring dresses and matching jackets, pajama-inspired pantsuits and canvas-evoking shifts with prints confined to front and center, the line is available at Saks Fifth Avenue (Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200).
How to wear it: This is one of the easiest trends to sport this season; simply pair a colorful, printed piece with a neutral-colored separate, or don a floral dress to look instantly on-trend. But mixing watercolor prints is tricky; to get it right, make sure the prints in each piece contain strictly the same colors.

 

209_118.jpgDenim seen at Anna Sui S/S 2010

210_118.jpgSequins seen at Isaac Mizahari

211_118.jpgSequins seen at Michael Kors

212_118.jpgSequins seen at Isaac Mizahari

213_118.jpgcutouts seen at Michael Kors

214_118.jpgCutouts at Yigal Azrouel

215_118.jpgWatercolors at Vivienne Tam

216_118.jpgWatercolors at Nicole Miller

 

Photo credit: Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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