While most of the country is just now running out to Bloomingdales to stock up on Ralf Lauren cable knit sweaters and Hermes riding boots, the fashion world has already moved on. The spring 2010 collections seemed to bring a welcome feeling of "new" we were all craving. Fall can quickly become a bit bleak with the backdrop of a bad economy behind it. Though it may have been pouring down rain during New York Fashion Week, you would never have known when looking at the parades of light and airy silhouettes and soft color palettes on the runways.
My favorite collections were constructed by a mix of major labels like Valentino, Miu Miu and Lanvin who never fail to offer the best of the best. Fresh talent like Christophe Decarnin for Balmain and Proenza Schouler also made my top five with edgy prints and inspirational styling.
Trends to expect will include everything from mini dresses to statement shoulders. Pay close attention to intriguing prints and don't underestimate the power of seemingly unnoticeable details. It's ok to wear leather in the summer as long as it is strategically paired with a few feathers here and there. Spring 2010 will be about experimentation and never taking yourself too seriously . . . finally.
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