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Spring fashion in the streets

I have to say this: I just love to see how people pull together great outfits for ordinary days. That is why I constantly looking into street style blogs. Regarding fashion trends, the street takes on some and recycles others in countless creative ways.

Who said leggings went out of fashion? Well here they are, graphic print leggings along with knee socks are making the transition between seasons in a playful puckish style.

leggings and knee socks

leggings and knee socks

Spring 2008 highlights in Vogue Deutsch

Here are the main trends of spring 2008 season highlighted by Vogue Deutsch, in this month's issue.

1. Chromatic: this spring we will be seeing neon shades again, beautiful red and blue hues but also calm pastels. It is time for delicate nude shades used as neutrals, along with monochromatic white&black duo and their grey "child". Check out those white shoes -this is not bridal material anymore- and the white framed 50s sunglasses.

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Neonmix - Pastels

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Red - Blue

Diva Magazine's spring 2008 top looks

I brought home from Vienna several fashion magazines including Diva, an Austrian publication. And I'm so glad I bought it as it features amazing pictures. You can see them here and here. The magazine also has a look book highlighting the main trends of the up coming season, which are:

1. Floral: big, colorful, busy prints and even floral fabric appliqué

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Style tips from Elle Deutsch

Here are several outfit ideas from Elle Magazine (German edition), featured in January 2008 issue. This style note focuses on the spring's biggest trends that started a little bit shy in the fall: the ruffled blouse, sheer fabrics, pajama-inspired clothes, yellow color, the men's blazer and beautiful arty prints. The runaway pictures compare this ending season looks with spring 2008 styles.

How to wear ruffles

How to wear ruffles

Key piece: Lanvin blouse.

Global Poetry

Ethnic accents continue to be a strong presence in fashion, merging into a globetrotter look. Spring 2008 means the revival of Asian influences brought forward into an eclectic mix: obi-style belts at Alessandro Dell'Acqua, variations on the Mao collar at 6267, Max Mara and Prada (and not only), silky fabrics, dragon prints and calligraphic motifs, kimono tops, caftan coats and cheongsam dresses. Designers took all this traditional elements from Chinese, Japanese, and Korean culture and created feminine, relaxed looks.

Asian Accents

Left to right: 6267, Alessandro Dell'Acqua and Malo.

Down: Rubin Singer, Martin Grant, MaxMara, Yohji Yamamoto and Prada.

Spring 2008 Trend: Sassy Cut-Outs

The latest scoop on what fashion is IN: well, it's about more skin. No, I'm not talking about mini dresses or deep cleavage. Designers gave us more reasons to work the hell out those abs: short, uber sexy dresses featuring naughty cut-outs, with focus on the midriff and the waist area.

Cut-Outs

Left to right: Blumarine, Christopher Kane, Iceberg, Louise Goldin, Marc Jacobs.

Second row: Marchesa, Peter Som, Preen, Valentino and Dsquared.

The Toga Dress

Not only Alberta Ferretti was inspired by Ancient Rome for her spring 2008 collection. Many other designers sent on the runway their own versions over the classics. The last season's one-shoulder dress became lovely draped toga-like tunics, mini dresses or maxi gowns. At Lanvin and Hermès those one-shoulder dresses with a cinched waist and a just below the knee hemline take you back to the Hollywood's golden age glamour. Other designers teamed up this trend with metallic fabrics or bold color. Marchesa kept its signature style: a dramatic floor sweeping one-shoulder gown.

Toga Dresses Left to right: Lanvin, Alberta Ferretti, Danielle Scutt, Erin Fetherston.

Down: Hermès, Haider Ackermann, Paul & Joe and Marchesa.

Painterly Abstraction

After borrowing rich colors from brilliant painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer for their fall 2007 collections, designers kept an artistic mood and, for spring 2008, they came up with one of kind abstract painterly prints. This trend brings forward a palette of clear, intense colors with splashes of white and black.

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Paris Top Three Spring 2008 Collections

There was a fun pajamas party at Stella McCartney. Her latest collection showed pretty and wearable clothes in a very laid-back, signature style with a smart adjustment of the season's trends: flowing seventies (again, seventies!) flower printed silk dresses and jumpsuits, blue silk “pajamas” tops or shirtdresses. There were also sweet little ruffled “nightgowns” and fluid trousers worn with white and khaki blazers.

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Milan Top Three Spring 2008 Collections

Alberta Ferretti is one of my favorite designers as, no matter the main theme of the season is, she always manages to bring forward romance and softness. Her lovely collection for spring 2008 was inspired by Ancient Rome: draped gowns, toga like tunics and “gladiator” skirts. There were also t-shirt dresses with oxidized crystal jewelling on the neck line or used as belts and vertically pleated jackets and coats. The subtle palette was, at times, punctuated by hints of “fire” red, yellow and violet.

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London Top Three Spring 2008 Collections

Matthew Williamson's spring show told the story of a stylish nomad woman traveling around the world while keeping her cool, urban appeal. Ethnic details such as Indian beads and pearls, Mayan patterns or African raffia trim came along with more urban pieces: shorts and trenches in neutrals, safari metallic Bermuda pants or striped blazers. The end of the show brought beautiful, ruffled georgette party dresses.

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New York Top Three Spring 2008 Collections

All my favorite New York collections seamed to be influenced by "Charlie's Angels " era, the wild seventies.

Marc Jacobs did a good job with its second collection, marc by marc…Strong colors and cheerful geometric prints on shirtdresses, corduroy pantsuits, coats and jackets and the next spring must-haves: patent loafers and color-block lady bags and square clutches. This retro show brought together stewardesses uniform and seventies pop culture idols and there were plenty of wearable pieces even if it somewhat reminded that quirky elements shown in his signature collection. A trench with an extra front panel in a contrasting color or a jersey-knit dress with one long sleeve and the other short and made from different, clashing fabric; they looked young and…ok, innovative, but, let’s face it Marc Jacobs is not a genius artist and he should stick with what he does best.

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Bold Colors bring Fashion Back to Life

After a powdery winter palette, neon colors bring an animated, happy mood with sunshine yellow, coral orange, lime green, punky fuchsia and vibrant blue.

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Sixties Style Is Here To Stay

No matter the color or texture, 60s inspired clothing is this year's main theme. I think this is atrend that is going to stay many seasons in the mainstream. Due to its elegant simplicity, 60s style is a timeless look and most of the clothes you will buy will last for years.

Flapper style

I was wondering when this extraordinary era in fashion history will come to designers attention. This spring the flapper dress is a romantic tribute for the roaring 20’s.

Shine like A Star

This spring season comes with a new fashion look: clothes that make you shine like a star, literally.

Spring trends: 80s Mania

I don’t know what to think of this trend, it’s really annoying. It’s like all those awful, ugly clothes I was forced to see or wear in my childhood years are now back to haunt me.

Folkloric Influences

One rich source of inspiration for fashion designers is the vast cultural heritage of all countries around the world. Reinterpreting the folk costume has always been a challenging task and the folk trend comes back to attention every now and then.

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Sporty Glam Look

The Adidas-like leggings at Marni were the first sign of a new sporty yet glamorous look.

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Spring Trends: Romantic Mood

Romantic Mood

Romantic mood has always been a strong trend in fashion, trying, along the years, on new styles, shapes and silhouettes.