Paris Fashion Week Spring 2009 Trends

Trend spotting continues! Here are the spring 2009 fashion trends at first look over Paris Fashion Week collections:

Asymmetric: long/short trail-y gowns irreverent called ‘mullet dresses' made a shocking appearance on Paris runways. Except for an iconic rock wedding dress of the early 90s this cut never emerged as a fashion trend and I think neither will now, although we will see some experiments on the red carpet.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: asymmetry


Balmain, Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro and Nina Ricci

Embroidery: glitz at Paris is given by bejeweled embroidery from rock chic to subtly aristocratic.

Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: embroidery

Ann Demeulemeester, Balmain, Collette Dinnigan, Undercover and Wunderkind

Hosiery: I have a weak spot for sheer, delicate stockings/tights that show up a fine leg. Sheer black, white, lace and two tones/ombre are Paris spring 2009 trends.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: hosiery
A.F. Vandevorst, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Nina Ricci, Wunderkind and Chanel

Jumpsuit: this fashion trend isn't going anywhere; in fact it has every chance of becoming a wardrobe basic. Flattering, elegant and alluring, spring 2009 jumpsuits have daring décolletage and up-to-the-minute carrot pants.

Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: jumpsuit

Akris, Anne Valérie Hash, Chloé, Collette Dinnigan, Dries Van Noten and Stella McCartney

Lace: traditional lace, almost with a vintage look gives the romantic vibe for spring. What's more feminine than a lacy dress, anyway?


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: lace


A.F. Vandevorst, Antonio Berardi, Balmain, Elie Saab and Wunderkind

Leather jacket: from the fierce looking biker jacket, with big shoulders, to cropped boleros, a short leather jacket is a must have item for a modern wardrobe, and not just for teens.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: leather jacket


Rue du Mail, Akris, Balmain, Haider Ackermann and Nina Ricci

Military: army jackets go great with both flimsy dresses and skinny jeans while golden buttons add a touch of bold sophistication.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: millitary


Balmain, Limi Feu, Collette Dinnigan, Wunderkind, Tao and Loewe

Monochromatic: a one-color outfit creates a flattering longer, slimmer silhouette as long as the color is not too flashy and suits your complexion. White, black, grey are always a good choice and so are pastels like blush pink, sky blue, clay-green or mustard yellow.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: monochromatic


A.F. Vandevorst, Akris, Anne Valérie Hash, Lanvin, Elie Saab and Giambattista Valli

One-shoulder dresses: a day-wear frock or an evening gown, this cut gives instant chic. The one-sleeve look is too 80s for me but the asymmetric draping on one shoulder has the quality of a classic.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: one-shoulder


Chloé, Emanuel Ungaro, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy, Lanvin and Valentino

Peg-leg or carrot pant is the ultimate cut for trousers. Wide at hips, narrow at the ankles they do real wonders for shorter or curvier women (like me hi-hi), creating long, slim legs. High heels are a must.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: peg-leg pants


Anne Valérie Hash, Dries Van Noten, Emanuel Ungaro, Yohji Yamamoto, Rue du Mail and Chloé

Prints: the futuristic trend continues with these digital manipulated patterns. Love the check prints at Dries Van Noten.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: digital prints


Akris, Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Emanuel Ungaro and Hussein Chalayan

Prom mini dress: strapless, short and puffy is the definition of this ultimate flirty cocktail dress. Stella McCartney gives a futuristic note with origami pleats.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: 80s prom dress


Balmain, Christian Lacroix, Sonia Rykiel and Stella McCartney

Skinny jeans: thought this cut would go away? I hope not or I've wasted all the time spent with Pilates classes. Distressed denim and leather are top choices for this bad-girl look.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: skinny jeans


Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Gareth Pugh, Givenchy and Nina Ricci

Tux: the classic tuxedo jacket (and a frock coat at Givenchy) is the perfect match for evening outfits in a boy-meets-girl look. My favorite? Louis Vuitton.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: tuxedo


Alexander McQueen, Bruno Pieters, Givenchy, Kris Van Assche and Louis Vuitton

White&Black: the classical (non)chromatic duo gets new look with these "boarding-school" dresses. Black top&white pant is one of my favorite combos and metallic accessories add the right amount of glam.


Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: black&white


A.F. Vandevorst, Antonio Berardi, Bruno Pieters, Requiem and Chanel



Balmain, Dries Van Noten, YSL, Rue du Mail, Stella McCartney and Ann Demeulemeester

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