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.
What do you guys think about the short suit?
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.
If orange was the color most present on the runway, it was only outdone by the overwhelming lack of color on the runways. Fall/Winter is typically the season for a whole slew of basic black, shades of grey, burgundy, browns and navy, but those colors were all replaced, or should I say taken away, by shades of beige, tan and white. Who says you can't wear white after labor day? Certainly not Phillip Lim, Michael Kors, Max Azria, Cushnie et Ochs, the Mulleavy sisters, Derek Lam, Adam Lippes, Erin Fetherston, Erin Wasson, Justin and Thea of Preen and Diane von Furstenberg who were all among the many designers feeling light for FW 2010.
The trend was punctuated by Marc Jacobs' awe inspiring collection, that brought a new feeling of simplicity (and a near tear to this minimalist's eye) to the runways that we certainly hope will stick. Marc's runway was a mix of beige neutrals and some usual fall staples (like fur collars and the afore mentioned velvet pants) and gave the stamp of approval to the season's new colorless minimalism.