8 January 2011

The Year That Was... And The Year To Come...

First of all, let us say a big 'hello' and 'welcome back'... it's finally 2011, and this blog is well and truly back to work (after a sneaky extra few days off... ahem).

2010 was as much of a stellar fashion year as any; plenty of fabulous highs and sunken lows to equally excite and subdue any fashion fan. Boobs made a comeback at Prada and Louis Vuitton (thank you, Lara Stone!), fashion mastermind Phoebe Philo got us all wearing camel, Carrie Bradshaw (er, I mean Sarah Jessica Parker) joined Halston as Creative Officer of their Heritage label in an attempted re-vamp, Alexander McQueen tragically passed away, Alber Elbaz went back on his word and created a frankly under-whelming Lanvin collection for H&M, the credit crunch made us more serious about our clothes; and therefore hemlines dropped from our mid-thigh to  below our knees for the first time in a while. Oh, and Carine Roitfeld left French Vogue. (We now know Emmanuelle Alt will replace her).

So... what have we got awaiting us in 2011? Fashion may be a fast-paced and fickle mistress (that much we know), but luckily it's often so ahead of itself that we can be too. Here are some bits and bobs to look out for this year if you want to make a few fashion waves:


From Stella McCartney's fruity prints for SS11, to Topshop's vibrant seventies inspired SS11 lookbook, to Crystal Renn writhing about a colour blocked background for Jimmy Choo. Let's just say that this year, the brighter, the better


According to The Guardian, ballet is having a bit of a moment. Of course, it's all down to Natalie Portman and her mesmerising performance in Black Swan (seen it three times; it is most certainly worth the hype). I confess I'm not personally down with this trend; it's a bit too saccharine and girly. Maybe just a pair of ballet flats will do, eh?


Seventies inspired flares (yes, the Seventies are back - genuinely thrilled), trouser suits or outlandish printed styles; whatever you do in 2011, make sure you ditch your skirts and dresses for a nice trouser. Just make sure they're the right length; ankle swingers will never be chic. (But ankle grazers will; yep, it's a tricky trend indeed). 


What a surprise... the two Christophers (that'll be Decarnin and Bailey then) trotted out their SS11 collections, encompassing fashion's one and only long-term love; rock and roll. Leather, studs, black, skinny silhouettes; it was all there at Balmain and Burberry. Good news is, we can definitely recycle our old stuff for this one. 

Of course, there are a million and one more trends for this year; some of them doomed to fail more than others (scrunchies, anyone?), but part of the fun of fashion is not thinking, just doing. So, don't deliberate about buying that ridiculous pair of flares covered in a pineapple print, just do it. Actually... on second thought...

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