Spring 2008 Trend Forcasting

By Jenna Greenblatt

In today’s society, fashion is a constant state of flux and new developments. Each season, designers are attempting to reinvent the wheel by creating hot, unique looks. The format of creating garments has developed into a new process made from basic geometric shapes. Geometric shapes are a part of your daily wardrobe; these simple shapes are represented in most of the clothing you see and already own.

The spring fashion trends, which are cheerful and airy, are a sharp contrast from the dark and sleek silhouettes seen in the fall and winter seasons. In almost all of the following spring trends, you can find geometric shapes. For spring 2008 there are eleven main fashion trends.

On feminine garments, one can find beautiful trimmings and decorative elements. Constructed from airy silk chiffon, ruffles are inspired by flamenco dresses. They can be seen in pretty pastel hues. Some designers who used ruffles on their garments include Ralph Lauren, Zac Posen, and Jennifer Lopez. Another sassy element for the spring are lingerie inspired items. These sheer, lacy looks make great tops. The designers who create these looks are Max Azria and Marc Jacobs.

Bright bold colors make a statement for spring. Tie Dye gives the wearer a laid back vibe, while creating tiny explosions of color in one’s wardrobe. This style can add a burst of energy to any closet. Narcisco Rodriguez and Antonio Berardi used tie dye in their collections. Another dying technique used to create unique textiles is ombré. A distinctive dip-dye look where the colors gradually fade from dark to light, ombré gives a bohemian flair captured by Diane von Furstenberg. Crayola colors surface in the art class garments. With these distinct brush stroke patterns anyone can create a museum worthy style. This includes lady like pieces shown by Anne Klein and Catherine Malandrino.

A key evening trend for the spring is the nude gown. These nudes, tans, and beige shades elongate the silhouette. This elegant look was created by Donna Karan. Another popular trend in dresses is from the Studio 54 era, the one strap dress. These disco ready dresses give off a fun and flirty vibe. Michael Kors and Gwen Stefani use bright colors to create a glamorous girly look.

Bright white suits bring back the Saturday Night Fever sex appeal with their clean lines, as seen by Michael Kors and Rag & Bone. The nine to five uniform gets updated with boyish blazers and girlish skirts. To create a chic trendy look, pair a boyish cinched in waist blazer with a swingy feminine skirt as seen on the runways of Ralph Lauren and Jill Stuart.

Grab your binoculars, the 70s safari look is making a comeback! This trend brings back the era of when people turned to a free spirited, wild look by wearing leopard print dresses, khaki colors, panama hats, and belted pantsuits. For an urban jungle look, check out designs by Derek Lam and DKNY. The neon and neutral color palette is resurfacing for spring 2008. These intense shades of color complement neutral separates. Phillip Lim and Nanette Lepore show these color combinations on the runway.

With at least one trendy item, it can be easier to dress up and create new high fashion looks regardless of your budget. On a daily basis, geometric shapes can help one find the right article of clothing to reach fashion heights. Knowing these stylish looks will take any individual through spring and beyond.

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