Background

Though 2011 will see us move still further from the economic woes of recent history, don’t expect a massive change in the tangent of fashion: the major excesses of the last decade are gone, and 2011 will see us, rightfully, continue on with a drive of subtle consumption mixed with obvious quality. 2011 fashion trends will accomodate the fact that we’ll be buying less but spending more. That means less bland, and more quality. Fewer indulgences, but better statement pieces. And what will those statements pieces and trends for 2011 be?

Key Looks by desingers

Burberry and Balmain

Biker clothing

Burberry and Balmain were nspired by Motorcycle chic.

As of spring 2011 the military fashion trend will have been with us for over a decade. And for that decade it’s been great, we’ve loved it, but 10 years later we have to admit: spring 2011 is the time to move on. The question is: what do we move on to? The answer: the trend that’s been living in its shadow, waiting for its moment of glory. And for spring / summer 2011 it’s going to get just that because here comes the biker trend.

Rider Jacket was in fashion from 2009 and next year more detailed biker clothings will come.

Prada & Balenciaga

The pieces are fresh above all else and combine functional silhouettes with dazzling hues. Bright colors anchor the collection and are seen in expertly tailored suits and striped dresses and skirts, making the pieces wearable. Prints are quirky featuring monkeys, bananas, curlicues and cherubs, creating a sensory overload that is impossible to look away from.

Other added factors of playfulness are the accessories. Creeper-like platforms create an unusual juxtaposition to the femininity of the ready-to-wear and sky-high sandals and pumps mimic the prints featuring curlicues and stripes. Huge fur stoles in eye-popping colors accompany most looks for a perfect transition from chilly weather to warmth.

Though much more over the top, Spring 2011 is not so drastically different from Prada’s Fall collection in terms of silhouettes. The glamour and the sensuality is still there, just exaggerated with the bold prints and hues. Any woman daring enough to be seen in these pieces will surely not be missed.

Let other designers focus on wardrobe basics; at Balenciaga, it’s fashion with a capital F. Working with ideas that could be mundane in other hands—volume, sports, menswear—Nicolas Ghesquière has turned out the boldest pre-fall collection we’ve seen so far. Jackets and coats, some printed with palm tree or geyser motifs, have Cristobal Balenciaga’s signature curving, egg-shaped backs. Sweatshirts are made from jersey fused to high-tech foam and paired with double-layer minis, while smock tops are cut in windbreaker nylon and worn with track pants in wool jacquard. As for the masculine influence, it can be traced in the sloping, oversize shoulders of a jacket laser-cut above the waist.

But color, such a strong theme this season, was the first thing you noticed at the label’s New York presentation. The models wore towering platforms inspired by the French industrial designer Charlotte Perriand and patchworked together from swatches of bright leather, metal, and wood. On their legs, meanwhile, were yellow, red, or green tights spliced vertically with opaque and sheer sections. Yes, the hosiery will be for sale, and for a very nice, under-$100 price.

Lanvin

Continues their feminine look for 2011 s/s.  They have done something with pleats.

Oversize Shoulder

Seems oversize shoulder affected many designers. the skinny short jacket evolved into power shoulder jacket last year, now it become oversized shoulder.

Jill Stuart

Thigh high boots

Or over-the-knee boots.

Thigh boots are considered by many to be erotic or kinky. They are used as fetish clothing in boot fetishism and shoe fetishism.

Always fashion goes to extreme to extreme

When it start from skinny style , it evolves to oversized item and it goes back to original.

COLOURS

Emphasize beauty through use of color. Find inspiration in the world of flowers. Love gold, bronze and all warm metallics. Go for simple, basic shapes in complex final products. These are just some of the rules of Symmetry, our multi-platform forecast for Spring/Summer 2011 offering seasonal inspiration for men’s, women’s, active, cosmetics, interiors and industrial design. Containing key color directives along with visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies and individual swatches of each of the forecasted colors.

Citing exotic destinations like Africa, India, Peru and Turkey as inspiration for spring 2011, designers continue to satisfy consumers’ need to escape everyday challenges with intriguing color combinations that transport them to foreign lands.

“The colors designers have chosen for the spring season present an interesting marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “By cleverly combining complementary colors, those that are opposites on the color wheel, they have created a striking intensity to the palette. These unique color combinations make it possible for consumers to pair existing pieces in colors traditionally associated with fall, with new favorites to punch up springtime wardrobes.”

Flirtatious Honeysuckle is a feel-good hue that brings a festive sense of playfulness to this season’s palette. This vibrant pinkish-red for both apparel and cosmetics makes consumers feel alive, and is a perfect post-winter pick-me-up.

Spicy, gregarious and persuasive describe Coral Rose, a sophisticated orange that, much like Beeswax, a warm, honeyed yellow, conjures up feelings of faraway lands and locales. Pair either of these piquant hues with a cool, refreshing color-wheel opposite like Regattafor a vibrant color combination that will add zest to any wardrobe. Romantic, fancifulLavender implies sensuality with its subtle hint of red undertone. Combine it with Beeswax or Coral Rose for a unique counterpoint.

Alluring Blue Curacao evokes thoughts of tropical destinations and pays homage to the 2010 Color of the Year, Turquoise. Practical consumers can continue to incorporate enticing Caribbean blues into spring by pairing Blue Curacao with warm, complementary colors like Honeysuckle or Coral Rose. Peapod, a fresh yellow-green, brings an organic element to the palette and is reminiscent of the green shoots that signify change and new beginnings traditionally found in spring.

Trans-seasonal neutrals ground this season’s palette and provide a stable backdrop for all the other colors. The so-called “nude hues” are represented in the range of ethereal Silver Peony to dramatically deep Russet. Another dependable background color, Silver Cloud, is the quintessential neutral that consumers can rely on to coordinate with everything in their closet.

For 17 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season’s most important color trends. This report previews the most prominent hues for spring 2011.

http://www.pantone.com/pages/Pantone/Pantone.aspx?pg=20751&ca=4

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