Fall/Winter 2008 designer collections have presented us with some new tendencies. One of the ever new trends is, of course, classic. Classic never gets old. Designers can rediscover it every new season and it will anyway look totally irresistible and beautiful. Details add new chic and charm but generally don’t radically change the tendencies.
So classic style hits the balance between extravagance and casual style, it might be a starting point for some designers and a stumbling block for others. Classic makes you follow its rules but is at the same time flexible enough to absorb brand new tendencies. So, shortly, classic never gets old.
So as for main autumn/winter 2008-2009 tendencies, they were presented during Milan, London and Paris Fashion Weeks earlier this year, and the tendencies surely include classic style with retro chic and charm of the ‘60s.
Chanel is fabulous as always. Classic hues – gray, white, black, lavender and blue – were presented in short skirts, long jackets with fringing, voluminous sleeves, pleated and corrugated folds, voluminous sweaters.
Traditional Chanel accessories like cameos, flower brooches, gloves, and belts were seen on the catwalk alongside this season’s new must-have, chains.
Dior catwalk show brought us back to early ‘60s – short sleeves, voluminous skirts, trapezium shape dresses along with cute and stylish hats, sunglasses, gloves and handbags that truly revived the spirit of the ‘60s.
The fashion house used satin, chiffon, silk, shantung to create the designs. Dior’s collection is more colorful than that of Chanel.
One could see pistachio green, crimson, turquoise blue, and purple outfits on the runway. The collection was really feminine and really retro, which was undoubtedly one of its advantages. We just loved the hats.
Valentino’s consummate mastery to create high fashion has always been praised. This fall the fashion house sticks to the 1960s classic using bright colors and elegant feminine style. Pastel pink, coffee-colored, blue, radiant white, different shades of gray stressed the styles but at the same time didn’t distract attention from the designs.
Models were sporting tulip dresses, see-through small collar elegant blouses, bell shaped sleeveless silk gowns, dresses and skirts with asymmetric fasteners, lots of ruches and big bows.
Some of the dresses and suits were decorated with really big buttons of some matching color. The collection was well balanced in its reference to form and content and was filled with genuine Valentino spirit, though some said the show missed famous Valentino’s red garments.
Fall/Winter 2008 classic is harmony of volume and slender lines. One can see it in every cloth item presented at runway shows. Trousers are part of the tendency. They can be made superslim like leggings or treggings or bell-bottomed high-waisted ones. Elegance is what actually matters.
Elegance reins this fall and winter. Even in power dressing, which is back on the fashion agenda this season. No scaffold like shoulder pads or block colour suits, power dressing gets to be more feminine, aesthetic and even sexy this time around. Subtly structured suits, tailored dresses that accentuate the female form, bold jewellery and the return of dressing up is the look for this season’s woman in control.
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