Shopper - TrendSpotter's 2009 Fashion Forecast

Network News

X Profile
View More Activity
Sunday, December 21, 2008

NEW LOOKS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Some events call for retrospection and reminiscing, none so much as the arrival of a new year. From top 10 lists to the wise words of "Auld Lang Syne," ruminating on the past is almost a requirement. But we're taking a cue from fashion visionaries everywhere and bucking tradition. Instead of looking back at some of 2008's do's (ruffles) and don'ts (rompers), our final TrendSpotter column in the Sunday Source takes a peek into the fashion future. Here, the spring trends we've resolved to try in '09.

-- Holly E. Thomas and Michelle Thomas

Future Perfect

Many of the fall runways took a "Mad Men"-inspired turn toward retro, ladylike styles, but spring is all about what's to come. Such brands as Balenciaga, Rodarte and Karl Lagerfeld went futuristic, showcasing metallics, space-age materials and architectural shapes, like Cate Blanchett's Judy Jetson-esque frock by Alexander McQueen, at left. While the ultra-conceptual sculpted dresses from Viktor & Rolf's runway might be too outlandish for daily wear, get a glimpse of the future by incorporating metallics and defined shapes into your wardrobe. Rupert Sanderson's gleaming gold-and-mesh Mary Jane pumps ($895 at http://www.net-a-porter.com), below, are a more accessible foray into futurism.

Lighter Brights

Last spring, '90s neons made a bid for revival when designers paired pops of blindingly bright color with calming neutrals. Well, with the dismal economic outlook, the glowing neons have mellowed, and London designers such as Luella Bartley, Jonathan Saunders and Richard Nicoll, at right, have translated the brights into such subdued sherbet hues as peach, melon and tangerine. These restrained yet cheery shades practically beg to be slapped on a handbag and worn with everything this spring. One favorite? Stella McCartney's coral clutch ($675 at http://www.net-a-porter.com), below.

Dress Like an Egyptian

Tutankhamen and Nefertiti were major muses for designers' spring collections, popping up on Sophia Kokosalaki's Paris runway, left, and in Vena Cava's New York presentation. From long, embellished gowns to casual tanks with subtle hieroglyphics, these ancient influences put a modern spin on spring. Look for ornate accessories and floaty shapes with heavy embellishments or metallic gold threading. An easy way to try the trend? Scour vintage and secondhand jewelry shops for Egyptian Revival pieces or, if you prefer your antiquities on the newer side, pick up some tubular gold bangles or a chunky cuff, such as the blue onyx and brass one above by Patrice ($350 at http://www.vivre.com).

Bold Beauty

The bleak, chilly weeks of winter always make us crave a new season's crop of makeup and hair trends. For spring and summer, makeup artists created covetable looks such as lush, Brigitte Bardot-inspired tresses and shimmering metallic eyeliner. Two of our favorite updates: the dark, kohl-rimmed eyes at Roberto Cavalli and the glossy, sleek ponytails at Versace.

For the former, add definition by tracing black eyeliner along the upper lash line and into the crease, then cover the lid with an inky eye shadow, angling up and out at the outer corners. Apply liner along the lower lashes, then trace over it with the shadow and blend slightly downward. For Versace-like tresses, apply a silicone-based balm such as Bumble & Bumble's Straight ($11-$25 at salons and http://www.bumbleandbumble.com) to towel-dried hair, then blow-dry using a flat paddle brush. Sweep hair into a high ponytail and mist with a lightweight shine-boosting spray to finish.


More From Sunday Source

[Trend Spotter]

Trend Spotter

Check out funky store finds, solve fashion dilemmas and more.

[Media Mix]

Media Mix

Get quick takes on new releases in books, music, DVDs and more.

[Three Wise Guys]

Need Advice?

Looking for a male perspective? Sunday Source's Three Wise Guys can help.

© 2008 The Washington Post Company

Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity