LISA Haynes jumps a season with the spring summer collections at New York and London’s Fashion Weeks.
SPRING has officially sprung in fashion. While we’re getting to know our new winter wardrobe, designers have been showing off their spring/summer collections for next year.
You don’t need to start shopping now but take a glimpse into the trends of fashion’s future.
The credit crunch has undoubtedly sobered up many a collection, with some designers opting for safe staples in muted or earthy colours that won’t fade out of fashion in just one season.
But before you hit the fashion doldrums, bold prints and bright block colours are still a must for our wardrobes next summer, along with jumpsuits.
We reveal the hottest looks from the S/S 09 shows in New York and London.
Julien Macdonald, London
The king of glitz and glamour toned down his act for S/S 09 with a muted collection. Instead of the usual dose of high octane cocktail gowns, Macdonald opened his show with body-skimming suede separates in beige and navy which set the mood for the clothes to come. His trademark slinky floor-length dresses subtly sparkled rather than screamed, and luxe dark colours featured highly for a summer collection.
Matthew Williamson, New York
Master of prints, Williamson didn’t disappoint with his own take on jet-set Ibiza chic, from psychedelic jumpsuits to mini embellished dresses. He opened the show with a splash of tropical neons including hot pink, peach and lime green before toughening up his summery brights with motocross black leather pieces.
Jasper Conran, London
The words sexy and pretty don’t usually sit alongside each other in fashion but Jasper Conran made it happen with his playful S/S collection. Think elegant halterneck dresses, voluminous tulle circle skirts, see-through chiffon blouses and even a sexy senorita vibe with a fringed shawl and vivid red dresses.
Doing what they do best, PPQ showed off another fun and frivolous collection to appeal to the Geldof and Chung front row clan. Candy coloured dresses and cutesy all-in-ones were adorned with bows, peplums, ruffles – not to mention crazy hats and veils.
DKNY, New York
Marking DKNY’s 20th anniversary, Donna Karan’s S/S collection took on a sporty streetwear vibe with parachute dresses and techno anoraks.
Paul Smith, London
Smith’s S/S collection, inspired by “hammams and harems” brought a taste of the Orient to London, mixing up his famed slouchy tailoring with linen scarves and turbans.
Preen, New York
Cocktail dresses with attitude, Preen stuck to a neutral colour palette and concentrated on the finer details – mesh panelling, caged backs and lace criss-crossing.
Basso & Brooke, London
The colour-charged print collection was made up of powerful geometric designs with a Japanese influence.