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FALL 2011 TOP 10 TRENDS: #4 READ BETWEEN THE LINES

April 20, 2011

Spring’s stripes have given way to an entire new collection of ideas for Fall 2011 as designer’s sent out variations on the idea of Geometry.  Stripes got wider, color-blocking got more graphic, and lines and angles were on display everywhere.  From Prada’s windowpane pattern to Celine’s striped trousers, lines and geometry will be a big hit for the Fall season.

  1. STRIPED TROUSERS were seen from some of the best this season: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Derek Lam, Chloe, Celine, Dries Van Noten and Prabal Gurung.  From wide leg to skinny and flared, variations incorporated vertical panels into the trouser for an extremely fresh take on this season’s trouser.  Expect to see all the fashion elite and editor’s donning a pair and you can bet that Zara will be one of the first to translate the trend for the masses.  A pair of these trousers would be an amazing addition to anyone’s closet and is one of those that will be able to be worn year after year and still look fresh.
  2. WIDE HORIZONTAL STRIPES are the new interpretation of the basic stripe.  Prada got us all excited this Spring with her mixed stripes which led us into the stripes we are seeing this Fall.  The stripes are wider and incorporate various colors for a fresh look.  Expect to see this wider stripe this summer on skirts and dresses and carrying into the fall as seen in Commuun’s magnificent collection for Fall 2011.  All markets will translate this trend including Juniors and Interiors as the look is crisp, classic and can be modernized easily with a fresh color palette.
  3. COLOR BLOCKING is also a big part of this Geometric trend.  Chloe’s color-blocked Poncho is a great example of this idea of incorporating different square shapes and colors to make a geometric pattern. From Narcisso Rodriguez to Peter Pilotto and Costume National, geometric lines were incorporated into some of the chicest looks of the season.  Some designers kept things a little simpler with one or two contrasting shapes and colors for a clean Mondrian approach.  This idea incorporates wide geometric lines within garments using contrasting colors to tell the story.  Expect to see this idea translated onto dresses and tunics as well as accessories.
  4. WINDOWPANE patterns were a major part of the Prada and Burberry runway and are a bit reminiscent of the geometry of the 1960’s. This pattern will be big in outerwear and dresses and I also expect to see some cropped trousers.  The interiors market will get a big kick out of this one translating the pattern within upholstery, drapery and bedding for a 1960’s modernized aesthetic.
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