The Monday Moan: Too Many Trends for Spring 10

    Not only is the capital in the grip of the year’s wettest weather but London’s fashion hacks are currently caught up in the throes of next season’s press presentations. Every day there’s another high street fashion chain showing off their spring 10 creations alongside countless PR agencies bringing us up to speed with what to expect from the brands available at wholesale.
    The good news is that after countless rain-drenched excursions I can report that my Barbour’s waxed exterior is still repelling autumnal downpours with the unfazed charm of Cumbrian water fowl. The bad news is that female fashion junkies will have their work cut out making buying sense of spring 10’s kaleidoscope of trends. Unlike pre-recessionary seasons which were all about easily identifiable looks like nautical, military or folkloric, spring 10 like autumn 09 before it, is defined by a dizzing carousel of disconnected themes.
    Among the trends which will be vying for your attention is the military-inspired casualwear as seen at Balmain (see pic) - for reference think multi-pocket day coats and tailored regimental jackets in cotton with chainmail epaulettes. There’s also a revival of sports-luxe emphasised by panelled dresses, cycle shorts and track-inspired vest tops. More challenging is the post-apocalyptic look underlined again by Balmain, Rodarte and Givenchy, which combines goddess dresses with details such as frayed edges and cutaway panels. Ralph Lauren’s Depression-era denim workwear and Waltons-esque dresses also helps usher in a vintage prairie look. And, at the younger end, the 1980s obsession continues apace with slouchy T-shirts, layered jerseys, and yet more harem-inspired trouser shapes.
    Construction details are also key to spring 10 with the Madame Vionnet-inspired draping of autumn 09 continuing apace alongside bra and corsetry inspired tops, contrast panelling, slashed peepholes, and criss-cross bandaging.
    Over the forthcoming week Fashion Buyer UK will examine some of the key high street collections for spring 10 starting tomorrow with Marks & Spencer which last week presented among the most coherent and visually stimulating ranges of the main high street players seen so far.
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