Spring 2011 Seasonal Trends for Contemporary/Juniors/Girls as Forecast by Directives WestBy Kaylene Peoples | October 26th, 2010 | Category: Articles, Interviews and Reviews, Fashion | 16 comments
Directives West previewed trends for spring 2011; and after having just returned from the runways in New York, I’d venture to say they really got it right with a Southern California twist. Previewed on the runway that rainy morning of October 4, 2010, was a variety of looks that were predicted to be popular next season, with over 170 looks, ranging from simplistic to comfortable to fun for contemporary, juniors, and girls.
Pure Delight: “A fantastic dreamscape of softly veiled shades, fluid folds, and dense ruffles, mixed with heirloom details that bring romanticism to the season.”
Coastal Cool: “Leisure time becomes the ultimate luxury and classic Americana style meets the West Coast with a touch of simple whimsy and repose.”
Global Patrol: “Gear up for this expedition with international tribes and old world elements blending for a wild new utilitarian adventure.”
Precious Armor: “Modern protective interpretations reveal a true beauty through textural manipulation and fluid neutrality, creating new industrial refinement.”
Some key items for the season are high-waisted tube dresses with ruffled minis, denim rompers, and short jean skirts, shorts, and cropped bottoms, open cardigans, tank tops and camis, new utility bottoms, peasant tops, and shorter cropped tops.
Influences reminiscent of Anna Sui and Adrienne Vittadini (ruffled prints, peasant tops, camis and capris) tweaked for the more casual West Coast. Subtle lacing is also a big trend for next season and Directives West presented a smattering of pastel and black lace on their runway and casual pairings (jeans and capris), very similar to the designs from Verrier’s New York installation in September, which heavily utilized a more formal version of this trend.
Jodhpurs made a classy and finally wearable appearance on the runway, too. What may have worked 30 years ago really needed tweaking after miserably failing in its retro form 3 seasons back. (I’ll refrain from naming names. It seemed the “come-back” trend fell flat, resulting in little to no sales). And finally trends for our little girls are maturing with more sophisticated florals, bigger ruffles, and cloned contemporary looks made for a smaller frame—our little girls and tweens are definitely growing up. Directives West trend forecast for contemporary, juniors, and girls got it right for spring 2011!