The 2011 spring runways were full of vibrant color, pattern and artistic styling. Adaptations of fall 2010 runway trends could be spotted; however, the approach this time around was much more playful. Designers explored everything from animalistic patterns and punk rock detailing, to ’70s inspired Hippie Chic silhouettes and sophisticated blue jean stylings. Here at Labellush, we were pleased to see designers trending towards these fresher, lighter and more wearable collections for Spring 2011. Check out our picks for the top 10 runway trends of the season, and work these ideas into your current wardrobe for an easy update that will leave you looking truly fashion forward!
Animal print is a timeless trend that always seems to resurface season after season. However, the 2011 spring runways saw a different twist on classic animal prints like leopard and zebra. Mixed animal prints in unexpected jewel tones, leather details, feathered skirts and an overall tropical rainforest theme radiated from the runways of top designers like Burberry, Giambattista Valli and Alexander McQueen this spring.
The Rock and Roll trend has hit a new level of freshness and wearability this season on the runways of designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Balmain, Burberry and Balenciaga. Deconstructed elements paired with edgy boy meets girl styling brought this expansive trend up a notch. Burberry Prorsum paired sculpted and studded leather jackets with girlier rock inspired printed dresses to create a tough yet chic punk rock look in their collection; while designers like Balmain played up shredded details, surplus metal fixtures and relaxed denim to exemplify this fun yet fierce trend.
Denim is at it once again. The long adored classic was splashed heavily through the runways. Designers showed their love for this American style staple in a bright and refreshing way this spring; but this classic wardrobe staple has taken a lighter and bluer touch. Derek Lam showed off a lighter and true blue Chambray denim in his spring pieces; while Dolce & Gabanna created timeless silhouettes with wide leg denim trousers and skirts paired with cheerful spring separates in floral prints and various shades of red.
From conservative tops and pencil skirts to elegant gowns; lace was seen everywhere this season. Designers kept it more classy than sexy by keeping hems and necklines fairly modest. But, the statement was more bold meets feminine, and far fresher than any thing you’ll ever find exploring in your grandmas closet. The palettes remained neutral for the most in classic blacks, creamy whites and nudes. Ralph Lauren exuded elegance in floor sweeping lace gowns. We saw Valentino put out ravishing black and white lace skirts and tops that were modestly cut yet slimly silhouetted for a super chic look.
The rainbow was explored and embellished to a new degree in this spring’s trends. Strong splashes of candy colored brights and lively jewel tones were a welcomed sight on spring runways. Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and BCBG showed us pops, peeks and parades of bright colors that are guaranteed to lighten up any spring and summer wardrobe. Tunic and shift styles seemed to be a popular way to display big mod whaps of pigment; however the vibrancy trend was seen in nearly every type of piece from pencil skirts to trench coats.
We definitely saw more than a few veteran florals and plaids in many spring collections this year. Top designers like Louis Vuitton and Derek Lam pulled off breathtakingly fresh prints that would please any fashion palette.Oscar de la Renta showed us gorgeous printed dresses that looked organically dyed and swingy, while still curve hugging and modern. Diane Von Furstenberg featured some unexpected prints in an eclectic yet earthy scheme; while Derek Lam pulled out the breezy beach card and channeled the California girl through easy flowing fabrics in subdued yet interesting prints.
A long overdue revelation in the eyes of top designers such as Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta occurred this spring. The vintage inspired bohemian chic trend has taken a turn and hit a new plane on the 2011 runways. We saw tons of tailored trousers, long jackets, high-waisted pants, over exaggerated plaids, stripes and florals, as well as refined vintage-esque frills and layers this season. The 70’s were brought to us through a more tailored, light, and bright manner this year. This trend was delivered by designers like Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, and Etro in clean, sophisticated yet vintage silhouettes that exude refined 70’s style.
Icy neutrals, pale pinks, bare bones and soft sand tones definitely took main stage in soft yet bold, featherweight designs from designers like Donna Karan, Michael Kors and Alexander Wang. From kimonos to camis the spring 2011 runways undoubtedly perpetuated an airy pajama party elegance. Donna Karan’s collection featured nearly monochromatic shades of nude that varied subtly from tan and ivory to blush. Elements of fringe and lace in creamy whites highlighted Ralph Lauren; and, Michael Kors kept it unfussy and fluid with wispy separates in a neutral yet contrasting palette of beiges, whites and blacks.
Keeping with the trend of less-is-more and clean-means-chic designers put out amazingly vibrant and fresh looks this season. Crisp and clean, cool and calm. Long soft and sheer T’s, paired with tailored linen pants and flowing skirts showed up in Michael Kors spring 2011 collection as his take on the seasons comfortable yet sleek suit; while a somewhat edgier Alexander Wang let the orient influence his nearly pure white collection. And, then there were the modest yet body skimming creations from Derek Lam; which proved once and for all that coverage doesn’t always mean skimping on sexiness and style.
Contemporary, cool and monochromatic versions of menswear inspired pants and dresses streamed through the lines of Hermes, Lanvin, Bottega Veneta and other top designers this spring. The collections were often kicked up a notch with futuristic styling and cuts. Bottega Venneta dabbled in structured but draping designs done in lush silks and satins; while some spring collections such as Lanvin and Hermès kept the fabrics somewhat sturdier.