Capes, capelets and cloaks
Capes. Say the word, and images of masked superheros mid-flight are what immediately pops into many people’s minds.
But capes and cloaks have existed, in one variety or another, through much of our known human history. From early Medieval mantles, to 16th century decorative shawls; from military officers capes and 1940s fur stoles, to the fringed ponchos of the 1960s. But since the humble poncho had its hippie revival, the cape in its more sophisticated forms has seen nothing of a major comeback on the streets – that is, until now. The cape is back on the agenda as one of the major 2010 fashion trends.
Sheer fabric remains one of hottest fashion trends for 2010 and 2011, and plenty of people are wearing it. But it’s not all about tight, see-through tops, and dresses that scream ‘look at me’. Run your eyes over both Autumn (Fall) / Winter 2010 and Spring / Summer 2010 trends and you’ll find sheer fabrics used in a multitude of ways: tight sheer pieces, layers, and the much sought after delicate, feminine draping.
Neo doubled breasted jackets
Bottega Veneta Fall 2010
Velvet has many enemies. People who loathe its existence, wish it was never invented, and shudder at the thought of a post-90’s velvet revival. I can find that position mildly understandable; sure, there have been some velvet disasters. But for the most part I fall into the velvet-lovers camp because there are also many times when velvet can go so darn right that it’s hard to bear any long-standing grudge. If you’re a hater, don’t turn away just yet – as a 2010 fashion trend, and particularly as one of the major fall 2010 fashion trends, the velvet revival comes in many forms.
Julian Louis Fall 2010
Long a staple for men and normally relegated to our Winter wardrobes, the camel coat featured prominently amongst women’s Autumn / Fall 2009 collections. On the streets, however, it proved impractical for the season’s coldest days and wasn’t worn en force until we were already on the verge of Spring 2010. But the late appearance of women’s camel coats has done them no harm. Instead, as fashion shifted its focus from blacks and greys the camel coat has proved the perfect layering piece for the cold days we’re still facing.
White tights/white leggings
If there’s one major objection to white hosiery it’s usually that we’re all on an eternal quest for beautiful, bronzed, tanned legs… So why would we ever cover our pins with white? Easy. Because, if you do it right, it’s such a refreshing change from the usual dark winter colours. So for Autumn / Fall 2010 / 2011 we challenge you to step out in white tights.
Classic black and white
L.A.M.B, A/W 2010
Thakoon, A/W 2010
Organic by John Patrick, A/W 2010
Unique A/W 2010
Rodarte, A/W 2010
Knee high socks
In a year in which thigh high boots will be so prominent, this fashion trend should come as no surprise. Normally a humble accessory that most women hide, socks as a women’s 2010 fashion trend will be at the fore. And whilst there’ll be several styles of socks popular in 2010, knee high socks (and similar styles) will be one of the defining looks to work into your wardrobe. Best of all, they’re transeasonal and will be perfect alongside a number of other Fall 2010 and Spring 2010 fashion trends.
When it comes to 2009 fashion trends the sheer clothing trend may be the ultimate proof that throughout the year less will be more. But it’s not the year’s only trend doing just that.
Introducing the cutaway fashion trend where intricate missing elements of fabric work to show off glimpses of the female figure in a sexual and sensual fashion typical of women’s Spring/Summer 2009 fashion.
Lace dress/lace skirt
Right now you’re thinking that this is nothing new. And you’re right; it’s an extension of the sheer trend that’s has, for some time, firmly cemented itself as its own, independent trend. So what follows is, instead, more about how to wear the trend now, and how to set yourself apart from the masses – so that you can bring it forwards and into a new league.
Left: wear less. Right: wear more.
Buttened-up shirt collars
Forget the grungy, layered-over flannel, and tuck away your baggy, open-fronted boyfriend shirt (for now). Fashion, as fashion is wont to do, has taken a pendulum swing in the other direction, hitting on a more refined, sophisticated look. And so starting now there’s only one key way to wear your shirt: buttoned up to the very top.
Jenni Kayne Fall 2010
Dries Van Noten Fall 2010
Celine Fall 2010
No. 21 Fall 2010
Chloe Fall 2010
It’s no great secret that the humble leather jacket has become a wide-spread wardrobe staple over the last few Winters. As a fashion trend in 2010, however, women’s leather clothing is being taken to a whole new level.
Think functionality. Think understatement.
Elie Tahari A/W 2010
70s style icon Bianca Jagger
’70s sophistication by day
Chloe A/W 2010
’70s sophistication by night
Ferragamo A/W 2010
Accessorising a sophisticated ’70s look
Freja Beha Erichsen in Vogue Nippon, August 2010
Louis Vuitton A/W 2010
The granny skirt
Louis Vuitton, A/W 2010
Jayson Brunsdon S/S 2010
Accessorising a ’60s ladylike look
Prada, A/W 2010
The bombshell: sheath skirts and dresses
L’Wren Scott, S/S 2010
Modernising the ’60s look
Dries van Noten, A/W 2010