September 25, 2007
The takeaway from the recent runway shows in New York
Even though you've just started snuggling into the plush knits of fall, spring is already on the style horizon. Ultrafemininity will continue to rule, as shown in the spring 2008 designer collections showcased at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and other venues earlier this month in New York City.
Next season's hot trends blend girlish appeal with uncomplicated elegance. Fashion's ruling class previewed a mix of bold and subtle hues, with an emphasis on details such as the precious pin tuck and elaborate ruffles. In addition to knee-skimming straight and A-line skirts coming our way, look for tailored, high-waisted pants along with sweeping, wide-legged trousers.
Keep an eye out for the offerings of African-American designers. Those who have created showstopping collections include Rachel Roy, Tracy Reese, Baby Phat, and b. michael. Others include Project Runway alumna Zulema Griffin, former Olympian Annia Hatch, and the new Ghita line by Kanye West's fiancÚ, Alexis Phifer.
Since every designer needs a fabulous muse to strut down the catwalk, our favorite standouts of Fashion Week include Liya Kebede, teenage sensation Chanel Iman, and the legendary Alek Wek. Of course, all eyes are on celebrity fashionistas. Those who flanked the runways include Eve, Mya, Ciara, Cicely Tyson, Star Jones, and Mary J. Blige. Take your style cues from them in the coming months.
Looking ladylike will continue to reign supreme next spring!