Tuesday, January 4, 2011
What to Wear in 2011
The runways never lack for inspiration to shake up our routine with covetable new styles. From fresh hair and beauty looks to haute handbags and embellished frocks, Spring 2011 brings something for every fancy!
Dressed to Impress
Monkeys and feathers and ruffles—oh my! Whatever your flavor when it comes to fashion, there's something for you this spring. Here are our top picks to send you straight to the top of the fashion food chain!
Color is essential for spring and rest assured all the cool kids will be doing it. Designers including Proenza Schouler, Bensoni and Prada put only the boldest and the brightest shades on the runway. You might need to invest in a pair of sunnies for this one!
Don't ever say neutrals are boring, especially not for spring. Designers including Donna Karan and Chloe showed that even the most basic of colors can be glammed up. Using embellishments and texture, designers made these subtle shades into the most fabulous and luscious frocks.
If you like being the center of attention, then this trend is for you! From contrasted abstracts to bananas and lemons, designers sent all sorts of prints down the runway in bold and bright colors—Prada made waves with monkeys and fruits, Christian Dior channeled a tropical vacation and Stella McCartney got a little citrusy. Take your pick of print and strut your stuff, because people won't be able to take their eyes off you
Go Sheer or Go Home
This trend isn't for the faint of heart. Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Dior and Thakoon were among the designers who opted for revealing sheers for spring. The looks ranged from peekaboo panels to full-on see-through styles. Make this trend wearable with pretty chemises and underpinnings that you won't be afraid to show off.
Minimalist doesn't mean boring, especially not when Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein and Celine are concerned. While their peers were glamourizing their designs with sequins and ruffles, these designers were working on using sleek lines, intricate cuts and minimal embellishment. The result is sharply tailored looks with modern lines that are every bit as luxe as their bejeweled counterparts.
At Fashion Week, shoe designers showed everything from classic to opulent—and all worth a standing ovation. Check out Spring 2011's hottest shoes!
The shoes at Alexander McQueen were awe-inspiring works of art. Architectural, decadent, breath-taking and too beautiful for words, they wouldn't look out of place in a museum or a castle. The fantastical creations take their cue from nature, with leaves, feathers and butterflies as the centerpiece. Alexander McQueen may be gone, but his vision lives on.
Alber Elbaz did it again—he created another unbelievably lustworthy shoe for Lanvin. At first glance, the mixed-material sandals with tough detailing teetered on impossibly thin heels. Then you realize they have a Lucite wedge to support them, adding another creative layer to the already-divine creations. Genius.
The tropical playfulness of the Prada Spring 2011 collection made for some out-of-this-world footwear. We particularly loved the swirly lace-up wedges with their pop-flavored treads, although the basket-weave detail on several of the pumps and platforms was highly covetable, too.
Super sculptural gold platforms complemented the golden goddess look at Rodarte. Nicholas Kirkwood's strong sense of architecture seamlessly translates into this heavenly creation!
Lavender curtain-like rope put a new spin on the spring's must-have lace-up sandal. A suede platform and a golden heel were the perfect finishing touches to this colorful heel!