All-over frills and ruffles is still a big trend but what got my attention were these amazing sinuous tiered ruffles that call to mind exotic sea creatures.
3.1 Phillip Lim, Preen, Yigal Azrouël
Sheer fabrics and sheer+opaque fabric combinations are a strong look for spring 2009. Take a look at these innovative collages, especially the ribbon embroidery on tulle (I think) at Alexander Wang. Although I feel that the only wearable piece here is the white bolero from Ralph Rucci.
Preen, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Chado Ralph Rucci
Spring 2009 alternatives to classic lace: laser cut patterns and broderie anglaise.
Zac Posen, Jeremy Laing, Vivienne Tam, Oscar de la Renta
I think I've seen this few seasons ago: body-conscious bondage dresses. Rodarte gives the trend a romantic punk twist, if I can say so.
Hervé Léger, Narciso Rodriguez, Thakoon, Rodarte
The zipper is a modern fashion-statement, both functional and decorative; metallic zippers on black/white fabrics have a bigger visual impact.
Diesel, Matthew Williamson, Michael Kors, Preen
There were a lot of floral prints (roses), ethnic patterns and abstract illustrations; I loved these vibrant Op-art prints.
Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders
One of the prettiest trends at New York Fashion Week: butterflies in prints, embroidery and appliqué.
Diane Von Furstenberg, Koi Suwannagate (2nd and 3rd), Badgley Mischka, Tibi
Another one is the classic bow bodice dress translated into new looks from playful chic to surrealistic glamorous (Marchesa)
Lela Rose, Marchesa, United Bamboo
The little white dress, body-conscious or not, with couture worthy details is a serious candidate for next spring's wardrobe staple.
Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen, Jason Wu, Preen, Luca Luca