Wednesday, October 07, 2009

La Petite Coquette

Say goodbye to last year’s conservative recessionista approach to fashion; this season, designers revel in all things slinky, seductive, and just plain sexy! This ultra feminine look is all over the Spring 2010 runways, and we’re here to give you the low down on our favourite designers’ shows inspired by it-- and of course, how you can wear it too. Be it through lace, ruffles or silky, sheer fabrics, this look is a must for the warmer seasons ahead!

Lace Up!
Lace was seen at fashion weeks all over the world this season. Our favourite display of this however, was Dolce and Gabbana’s show (for obvious reasons), which included many a lacy, lingerie-inspired look. Lace blouses, skirts and even lacy bloomers were seen in abundance on the runway. D&G played with various ideas, from delicate, lady-like laces, to more gothic, fishnet lace, even going as far as mixing lace together with denim jackets. Almost all of the shoes used in the show were red, along with some red handbags, and the jewelry was kept relatively simple, in black and gold hues.
How You Can Pull this Off: When out for coffees and a bit of shopping with your girlfriends, slip on a lacey blouse with your favourite pair of jeans and some gold bracelets… oh, and don’t forget your red shoes!

Ruffled Feathers
Sticking to a more neutral palette of nudes and light greys, Valentino also uses quite a bit of lace, however more prominently on display is their flirty use of ruffles. Everything and anything was covered in them, from blouses and dresses, to jackets and skirts. With either a few large ruffles, or hundreds of them covering an entire dress, Valentino makes our favourites list for their ability to take such a sweet, girlie element, and make it grown up. Like Dolce and Gabbana, almost no jewelry or accessories were used in the line, allowing the clothes to speak for themselves, and the shoes to shine. The models strutted down the catwalk in feathery or ruffled heels, as well as a few pairs showing off the signature Valentino bow.
How You Can Pull this Off: Spice up your work suit by replacing your plain white oxford with a flirty ruffled blouse, or even a ruffled jacket. And if you’re feeling bold, why not go for a pair of feathery heels?

Sheer Drop
Sheer is in at Threeasfour this spring, from swimwear, to leggings, to dresses. Almost every outfit in the collection had some element of sheer to it. Like Dolce and Gabbana, Threeasfour stuck to black and white when it came down to colours. The collection was simple, chic, and ultra sexy, again focusing on the clothing, rather than using any accessories. Threeasfour make our favourites list because despite the fact that they are relatively new on the fashion scene, they have managed to effortlessly hit the target on one of the season’s biggest trends. Their collection seamlessly ranges from architecturally structured pieces, to sheer, flowing dresses, all paired with silver platform heels.
How You Can Pull this Off: Going out for cocktail hour? Pair a flowing black dress with cut out leggings. If you aren’t too comfortable with all that skin on display, wear a black slip underneath, so you can walk proudly in those killer metallic heels.

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