Fall fashion 2010 : From the runway to the hillside
Finally. After two seasons of bright neons, bold prints and exaggerated shapes, designers have turned down the volume.
Chic looks and sleek styles dominated the fall 2010 runways. The studded, grunge rock ‘n’ roll designs have faded into fashion abyss as designers are more focused on tailored, put-together pieces that are better suited for the opera house than a KISS concert.
The ripped-up rags are back in the trash, and clean looks have taken center stage. The biggest trends to take away from the fall runways are both sleek and Syracuse-friendly. Heavy knits, faux fur, long sweaters and layers — lots and lots of layers.
A front row seat at Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Marc Jacobs might imply we’re back in 1958 or, with any luck, on the set of ‘Mad Men.’ Vuitton’s elbow-length leather gloves, waist-cinched skirts and corseted tops are a beautiful breath of fresh air from the grunge look.
Even though a high-waist, calf-length, full-tweed skirt might be the last thing to expect in a Saturday night wardrobe, Vuitton’s ladylike outfits have inspired a new season of curve-enhancing clothes. Look for waist-cinching belts, soft necklines and simple accessories; turn to Christina Hendricks from ‘Mad Men’ for further instruction.
Fur fans can rejoice. If there was only one trend to take away from the fall runways, it was fur. Almost every designer, from Chanel to Balenciaga to Giorgia Armani, featured vests, jackets, sweaters, scarves, boots and skirts made of or trimmed with the fuzzy stuff.
Chanel may have cloaked their models in head-to-toe fur frocks that would only be practical in the North Pole. However, the line’s consistency is a sure sign that fur is here to stay. Animal lovers, relax: The biggest trend in fur was that it was all faux.
Other designers, such as D&G, Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier, have filled their collections with cheery Nordic styles. This mountain-friendly pattern may have you rummaging through your mom’s old ski sweaters, but know that these styles are anything but ‘80s. In hues of rich reds and navy blues, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s designs make you wish you were sitting in a wooden Colorado cabin, curled up in front of a fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate — wrapped in a reindeer knit sweater, of course.
The head-to-toe ensembles of D&G can be overwhelming outside the ski lodge, but the pattern can easily be worked into any winter outfit. Snowflake hats, gray cable sweaters and fur-trimmed vests make for the perfect accessories for Syracuse’s snowy days.
Anna Sui, Christian Dior, Missoni, and Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of Rag & Bone wrapped their models in layers of sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, scarves and fur-trimmed vests. Rag & Bone continued with the menswear trend, piling on plaid button-ups, gray wool coats and plenty of blazers. Anna Sui decided against the more tailored trend and designed her layers with bright colors, loud patterns and plenty of funk.
Christian Dior’s equestrian-themed line showed layers of brown leather, frilly frocks and plaid blazers.
Heavy knits and long pieces also swarmed this fall’s catwalks. Long skirts graced the Michael Kors and Hermes runways, while knee-length cardigans and wraps were shown at Peter Som, Ralph Lauren and Richard Chai Love.
Three sweaters, a vest, two scarves and two hats might be a bit overkill, but the wrapped up, long-layered trend couldn’t be more perfect for Syracuse University’s windy subzero days. Nordic patterns and prim, feminine accents add the relaxed details once held by flashy neons, leather, studded accessories and feathered, flowered headbands.
Fur, layers and knits create both a comfortable and stylish wardrobe for the season. The fall 2010 trends may lack the overpowering intensity that previous seasons have shown, but the collections are anything but dull. Styles are simpler, classier and effortless.
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