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Fashion Week Trends

Full skirts? High-waisted trousers? Find out which styles will be popular in the coming months.

Image: Victoria Beckham Dresses - Presentation - Spring 2011 MBFW

New York Fashion Week Spring 2011

Top designers from Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week opted for a strong array of styles and influences. Find out which trends will be popular for the spring.  

Full skirts

At left, a model walks the runway at the Victoria Beckham Dresses Spring 2011 presentation. The theme of her collection was a "celebration of curves," focusing on both comfort and elegant style.

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Image: Vassilios Kostetsos - Runway - Spring 2011 MBFW

Asymmetrical hemlines

The Vassilios Kostetsos Spring 2011 fashion show was inspired Greek mythology and the natural elements of Greece itself. The prevalent shape was a flattering cutaway skirt, longer in the back than in the front. The longer hemlines and softer cuts, which gently hugged the models’ forms, were both fashion-forward and classically beautiful — all fit for a goddess.

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Image: Jenny Packham - Runway - Spring 2011 MBFW

Highlighted shoulders

The Jenny Packham Spring 2011 fashion show took pointers from the 1940s, specifically from screen sirens Lauren Bacall and Olivia de Havilland. Instead of padded shoulders — a popular trend from last season — shoulders were emphasized in more delicate ways. Some shoulders of dresses were gathered at the top, creating structure, and then floated away at the arm for effortless femininity.

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High collars

The Z Spoke by Zac Posen Spring 2011 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. The popular designer opted for "fruit salad-inspired styles" that were both cheerful and dramatic.

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Image: Alexander Wang - Runway RTW - Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week


White is the new black. The clean color was all the rage at the Spring/Summer 2011 shows, including that of fashion darling Alexander Wang.

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Loose fit

Grunge certainly isn't dead yet. The Charlotte Ronson Spring 2011 collection featured several slouchy, urban styles. The designer said she was inspired by the "vibrant romance of Spain," which she paired with the androgynous feel of grunge.

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Designer Vivienne Tam was inspired by Eastern influences for her Spring 2011 collection, titled "The New Silk Road." Ensembles included loose, bohemian pieces that incorporated lace and peekaboo crochet.

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Image: Prabal Gurung - Runway - Spring 2011 MBFW


The Prabal Gurung Spring 2011 fashion show featured geometric prints in fun, bold colors.

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The Cynthia Rowley Spring 2011 collection included smart and sophisticated designs reminiscent of the popular board game Connect Four.

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Image: Jill Stuart - Runway - Spring 2011 MBFW


Feminine, pretty ensembles marked the Jill Stuart Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Models showed off elegant and quirky outfits in silk, sheer fabrics and breezy ivory shades.

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Image: Jason Wu - Runway RTW - Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week

Floral details

Jason Wu, known for being one of Michelle Obama's favorite designers, sent down models in sophisticated, feminine dresses at the Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show.

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Image: Vena Cava - Runway RTW - Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week

High-waisted trousers

A model walks the runway at the Vena Cava Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show, which featured fitted, geometric shapes and sleek silhouettes.

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Pop art colors

Cheery, bright colors were popular at the Peter Som Spring 2011 collection. Turquoise, purple and hot pink took the stage, with Ellen DeGeneres closing the show in a rain of confetti.

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A sheer, dreamy piece from the Project Runway Spring 2011 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

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Image: Nicholas K - Runway - Spring 2011 MBFW


The Nicholas K Spring 2011 fashion show opted for casual, layered looks with soft military influences.

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Image: Lacoste - Runway RTW - Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week

Baggy bottoms

It all hung loose at the Lacoste Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show. Designer Christophe took inspiration from 1930s tennis designs and mixed them with contemporary, baggy influences.

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