Fashion Trends for Spring/Summer 2011

With the Spring and Summer just round the corner, the time is now to get your new wardrobe sorted, but what should you be looking for? Well with all the Spring/Summer 2011 catwalks finished and all the reports in there are a lot of trends to take note of. However, with my help you are sure to create the perfect Spring/Summer wardrobe this year.

Here are a few that I think will be the biggest trends to follow this Spring/Summer 2011:

Back less trend

One trend that I seen repeatedly featured in fashion magazines is showing off your bare back. I personally love this look; it is stylish, sexy, feminine and sophisticated.

From Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang and Julien MacDonald to Tommy Hilfiger, Balenciaga by Nicholas Ghesquiere and Dior, creating a new erogenous zone has become an incredibly popular design.

As the backless design is so simple, styling up the trend is easy and fun. Take feathers, chains, neck bows, frills, lacing and and add extra straps to ensure all the best decorations are behind you.

My favourite back less piece featured on the Spring/Summer 2011 catwalk is a mustard yellow, tailored jumpsuit by Etro. Teamed with a dark brown skinny belt and summer hat the 70s inspiration is still strong in current design. The tailoring is simple with the cuts beautifully mastered to compliment the female figure. With all of this in mind the Etro jumpsuit is a beautiful item I would love to cherish in my wardrobe.

However, for those who love detailing, when styling a back less piece, take inspiration from Julien MacDonald for frills, Gucci for chain detailing and John Galliano and Donna Karen for a romantic twist.

Colour Trend – Blue

When you think of the summer you begin to imagine your perfect holiday retreat, whether it be a boat break across the Mediterranean or a relaxing beach holiday where the water is so clear and blue you instantly feel relaxed, calm and at peace. So how convenient is it and perfectly time, when I tell you that blue is the biggest colour trend of Spring/Summer 2011.

This season the catwalks ran riot with dazzling bright colours with sumptuous jewel tones and either worn as a one piece hue or in a boldly clashing combination. The catwalks were filled with explosive re, pink, purple, orange and yellow hues, yet the biggest colour story that has made the brightest impact is blue.

From Cynthia Steffe, Issey Miyake and Peter Pilotto to Blumarine, Etro and Alexandre Herchcoritch’s shows you will find a deep sea of luscious blue tones that will help you sail to a tranquil wardrobe.

If denim has always played a staple part in your wardrobe, there is good news; the double denim trend has been translated into many Spring/Summer 2011 collections. When wearing this true-blue denim trend bear in mind sharp cuts. These cuts will make your outfit look sleek and sharp; boyfriend shirts won’t be suitable this season.

Other designers to note for bringing colour intensity to their runway are Viktor & Rolf, AKRIS, Isabel Marant, Roland Mouret, Jason Wu Matthew Williamson and Mulberry.

Gathering/Layering/Pleating

Gather up, gather up, the biggest technique used on the catwalk this Spring/Summer 2011 is gathering. The sophisticated and fashionable fold of materials creates an essence of movement and textures without garments looking over worked, so it comes to no surprise why this technique has been so heavily used throughout many collections.

This trend works with any length hemline whether the dress drapes down to the floor or the skirt grazes across the knee and every pleat, gather and fold generates femininity effortlessly.

Tommy Hilfiger, Chloe, Nichole Fahri and Alberta Ferretti are but a few of the designers that have mastered the feminine beauty of draping, pleats and gathers, which has made their Spring/Summer 2011 collections not only wonderfully soft, but also very interesting and appealing to look at.

Whereas, Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, Miu Miu and Jean Paul Gaultier has created a rock and roll, hard look by using the very same technique that has created divine and romantic silhouettes. Gucci, pleating black leather has created a top that is reminiscent of Ancient Roman armour. Whereas Jean Paul Gaultier seems to have stemmed inspiration for Madonna back in her Like a Virgin days.

Burberry Prorsum has only created a rock edge to the design through their styling. The dress itself is a beautiful piece, with gathers creating texture and the cut highlighting the sensuality a dress can achieve. With a black leather waist belt and a black leather, studded jacket the dress now oozes sex appeal, with a don’t mess with me feel.

With so many looks to create by wearing this simple technique it is no wonder that this trend will become one of the biggest to hit online boutiques and high street stores. Walking through the town, I already clocked Jasper Conran for Debenhams has a piece that looks very simpler to the Burberry dress.

Plaid Skirts

The old phrase ‘Mad about Plaid’ seems to sum up the fashion forecast for this upcoming season. It seems plaid skirts are here to stay. In fact, it is quite interesting to observe how plaid hovers lightly over emerging trends season after season without losing its identity. What is it about this perennial style that gives it such resilience? Most women chalk it up to its versatility. Plaid skirts can be dressed either up or down, making them a valuable wardrobe staple.

Plaid is a classic pattern with a wide scope for incessant variations. While hip clubbers choose to accessorize dark-hued plaid skirts with studded belts or lace-up stilettos, the preppy chick prefers to team flirty, pleated plaid skirts-often in vibrant combinations with sneakers or basic pumps, a pair of matching tights and perhaps a brightly colored Polo shirt. These patterned pieces call out for the season’s winning hues-teal, purple, pink, electric blue, orange and moss green-most often mixed with olive or brown, although the classic red and black plaid is still a tried and true favorite with both the older and the sporty set.

The chic fashionista, on the other hand, usually goes in for a knee-length slim or A-line plaid skirt in traditional Burberry checks such as camel, black and cranberry, and generally combines it with a slim camel-hued coat. Since it was registered as a trademark back in 1920, the Burberry check has come to symbolize everything that is great about British and American fashion, and has achieved a rare position in the fashion industry. In a paradox of sorts, the aristocracy view Burberry plaid as an emblem of elegant, establishment dressing, yet it is equally coveted by young, hip girls as a symbol of having ‘arrived’.

Top 10 Fashion Looks for Fall

For fall’s fashion, it’s pretty much about retro-style fashion. Dress yourself up in chunky shoes and wide belts, and you’re a fashion diva this season. Hollywood stars are lucky to have their own personal stylists. You don’t have to be in Hollywood just to look hot and in trend. If you want to look fashionable this season, here’s the top ten fashion trends for fall. You cannot go wrong with these looks.

1. Wide Belts – From Fendi, Alexander Mcqueen to Stella Mccartney, retro big belts are still in for this season. Pair them up with flowy tops or dresses, and you’re an angel.

2. Cuffed Shorts – From Bottega Veneta, Carolina Herrera to J Mendel, the cuffed shorts in white and earth tones are so hot. Pair your shorts up with a great cardigan in a cool color of fall, and you’re ready to hit the town for a cup of coffee.

3. Tiny Handbags – From Chanel, Celine, Fendi, Hermes to Dolce & Gabbana, tiny handbags in leather are super trendy. If you already have tiny little bags tucked away in your closet, now it’s time to show them off.

4. Nude Color Dresses – From Calvin Klein, Alessandro Dell’acqua, Christian Dior, Costello Tagliapietra, Burberry to J Mendel, flowy dresses in barely-there nude color are incredibly sexy this season. Flashy or colorful dresses are out.

5. Wedge Heels – From Chloe, Donna Karen, Dries Van Noten, Prada to Dolce & Gabbana, chunky wedge heels are in trend this season. Do not wear sexy stilettos this fall; they’re out.

6. 60’s Style Baby Doll Dresses – From Miu Miu, Jill Stuart, Thakoon, Emilio Pucci, cute little baby doll dresses as in the sixties are back and cuter than ever.

7. Tailored Slim Pants – From Narciso Rodriguez, Balenciaga, Costume National, Gucci, to Versace, slim tailored pants. As for the length, make sure you pick the ones that are cut just above the ankles because they are incredibly stylish this fall.

8. Extra Large Totes – From Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Dries Van Noten, Prada, Zac Posen, totes in XL sizes are trendy. It seems that big bags are always in. At least, it’s still in this season.

9. Sailor Stripes – From Peter Som, Emporio Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Luella, the navy fashion is totally hot. Navy, white, gold and red in stripes cannot go wrong this season.

10. Chunky Heel Platforms – From Gucci, Burberry Prorsum, Lanvin, Donna Karen to Oscar de la Renta, chunky heel platforms, especially those in wood are very popular this fall.

“Glee” Fashion Spotlight – Fashion School Tips on Dressing Like Your Favorite “Glee” Character

The Fox television show “Glee” is not just a hit with music fans who love all the fabulous musical numbers. It’s also caught the eye of fashionistas who love the clothes that the characters wear. One wouldn’t think that a show set in a Midwestern high school would boast such a stellar wardrobe, but the students and faculty at the fictitious McKinley High have become fashion icons for “gleeks” around the world. Thanks to our panel of fashion school experts, here’s a look at the show’s characters and their distinctive styles, and how you can get the “Glee” look.

Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michele). Although a Cheerio once remarked that Rachel dressed like she was home schooled, the lead singer of New Directions has a killer wardrobe to match her killer voice. With her neo prep school look, she’s made wearing plaid skirts and knee highs cool again, and it looks like she has an argyle sweater for every day of the week, or month. To don Rachel’s style, mix preppy patterns with bright solids, and finish it off with a pair of saddle shoes. We can’t guarantee it will make you sing any better, however.

Emma Pillsbury (played by Jayma Mays). McKinley’s guidance counselor may be a little crazy, but her clothes are pure perfection – probably because she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Part J. Crew preppy and part “Mad Men” secretary, Emma typically wears sweaters and pencil skirts, but she does so in such a fun, colorful way that one would think she’s a fashion school grad. To get Emma’s look, go monochromatic with sweater, blouse, skirt and shoes in various shades of the same color. And don’t forget the accessories: sweater clips, rosettes, vintage jewelry, and bows.

Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer). Kurt has said, “Every moment of your life is an opportunity for fashion,” and he lives by his words. There is seldom a scene where he is not dressed to the nines. He knows fashion design, so his look is Alexander McQueen meets Burberry by way of Jean-Paul Gautier and Target. To sport Kurt’s fashion forward look, start with a designer basic like a Burberry trench coat. Then mix in bold colors and prints for shirt and pants, and don’t be afraid if they’re mismatched – plaids, stripes, florals, put them all together. Complete the look with a jaunty fedora or trilby hat, a cravat, a white belt, and a white shoulder bag.

Quinn Fabray (played by Dianna Agron). When not wearing her Cheerio uniform, Quinn is the picture of femininity. A daddy’s girl at heart, her look is youthful and sweet. She leaves the bold colors and patterns to Rachel, while she favors soft pastels and simple floral prints. To get Quinn’s look (minus the baby bump), try a floral sundress topped with a long cardigan. She’s all about the sundresses.

Finn Hudson (played by Cory Monteith). While Finn is not a fashion plate like Kurt, the “Glee” hunk still looks like he stepped out of a Gap or American Eagle ad. For all the guys out there looking to replicate Finn’s casual style, start with a white pocket T under a plaid button-down shirt, a pair of selvage jeans, and a faded denim jacket. Sling a vintage letterman’s jacket over your shoulder, and you’re set.

Sue Sylvester (played by Jane Lynch). True, Sue only wears tracksuits. But no one wears them better. In fact, if “Glee” ever spun off licensed merchandising, a line of Sue Sylvester tracksuits could be the hit of the fashion design world. Before that happens, you can get the Sue Sylvester look with a flirty velour tracksuit. And if it’s all red like Sue’s, so much the better.

We may not be able to sing and dance like the cast of “Glee.” But with these fashion tips, we can at least dress like them.