Spring 2011 is going to be the season of Barney Stinson! Ok, maybe it's more like Amanda Woodward. If Amanda were still running things at D&D Advertising today, we can bet that she would no longer be hiking up her skirts in her micro mini skirt suits - she'd be all about the power suit. Think Bianca Jagger circa Studio 54 - Spring 2011 is all about the wide legged, boyfriend blazered classic power suit. A bit of 40s Marlene Dietrich mixed in with that 70s disco glam (after all lots of these came down the runway shirtless) we love so much. Of course SS2011 was predominantly colorless, so obv lots of these guys are in their purest form of white. Just like Bianca.
Now, not all power suits are created equal, so some of you are going to be hitting the office wearing shorts next spring. As if we weren't thrilled enough with the ubiquitous party shorts (in all things velvet, suede, leather and denim) the newest short craze comes in the form of suits. Not talking those bermuda short suits that were popular a few years back - straight up short shorts (just like the Nair commercial), some of them even bootie shorts (ie bloomers) paired with very classic shaped jackets, and yes lots of those came in white too.
I can get on board with a sex kitten borrowed from the boys power pantsuit (I repeat, Amanda would be way proud), but shorts don't really scream office to me.
Who doesn't love a deeply exaggerated low cut blouse? Ok, maybe me but that's another story all together. After day 2 of NYFW, I started to notice the designers penchant for all things chest baring. A mix between 90s minimalism, 70s glam and 20s sleekness, the deep V was seen on anything from blouses, vests, sweaters and gorgeously whispy dresses. Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Calvin Klein, Derek Lam, DVF, Donna Karan, Erin Fetherston, Edun and a slew of others were baring their models chests all over NYFW. It's not exactly a cleavage baring situation - well at least it isn't on the rail thin curve-less girls on the runway. The deep V of spring is more a showing off your belly button than your, um other assets, it's so deep yet covers up around the sides enough to keep things really nice and in place. As much as I'd like to fancy myself a low cut wearing kind of girl, I'm not sure this trend will do anything for me. I'll just stand on the sidelines wishing I was an A cup.
It seems the designers showing at New York Fashion Week this season are expecting a very rainy spring. We all know that April showers bring May flowers, and we get the message - staying dry will be a big priority this spring. With that in mind, trench coats were all over the runways in every shape and size. Ranging from the classic Burberryesque style at Michael Kors to a satiny orange seen at Marc Jacobs, even in the form of vests and dresses, the trench coat was a dominant force in spring time outerwear for 2011. Clearly the fashion industry is on top of the global warming situation and expecting some extreme climate ahead.