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Spring 2008 Fashion Trends: Omiru Picks the Top 5 Most Wearable Trends

Knee Length Skirts
Knee length or a little above or below the knee creates the most flattering leg line.
Knee Length Skirts by Carolina Herrera, Milly, Peter Som
Pictured: Carolina Herrera, Milly, Peter Som.

Dresses with Pockets
Form meets function.   Plus, you can go out without a purse.
Dresses with Pockets by Peter Som, Cynthia Steffe, and BCBG
Pictured: Peter Som, Cynthia Steffe, and BCBG.

The Oversized Collar
Provides a dramatic frame for your most important feature: your face.
Oversized Collars by Zac Posen, Peter Som, Max Azria
Pictured: Zac Posen, Peter Som, Max Azria.

The Belt
If you have a defined waistline, belts draw attention to
your thinnest point.  And if you don’t, belts help create the illusion
of a waist.

Belts by Milly, Peter Som, Reem Acra
 Pictured: Milly, Peter Som, Reem Acra.

The Color Purple
Quietly bold, there’s a shade of purple to fit every complexion.
Purple by Reem Acra, Tuleh, Vera Wang
Pictured: Reem Acra, Tuleh, Vera Wang.

All photos courtesy of Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz.

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Spring 2008 Fashion Trends: Omiru Picks the Top 5 Least Wearable Trends

Maxi Dresses
Unless you’re six feet tall, maxi dresses look as if they swallowed you alive.
Maxi Dresses by Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, and Cynthia Steffe
Pictured: Diane von Furstenberg, Cynthia Steffe, Zac Posen.

Mini Dresses
Great to wear…if you’re blessed with flawless (and long) legs.
Minidresses by Zac Posen, Nanette Lepore, and Temperley London
Pictured: Zac Posen, Nanette Lepore, Temperley London.

The Bubble Skirt
A visually interesting but awkward-to-wear silhouette.  Fun for stylists, less fun for you. 
Bubble Skirts by Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, and Temperley London
Pictured: Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and Temperley London.

Sheer Fabric
Done tastefully, sheer fabric can be gorgeous.  But it’s
tough to pull off during the day–and the transparent nature of the
fabric often shows a little more than you’re intending.

Sheer Fabrics by Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen
Pictured: Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen.

Feathers
Absolutely fabulous on accessories, tough to wear on clothes.
Feathers by Oscar de la Renta, BCBG, and Zac Posen
Pictured: Oscar de la Renta, BCBG, and Zac Posen.

All photos courtesy of Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz.

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Kate Spade 2008 Desk Calendar

Kate Spade 2008 Desk Calendar

Saucily sweet desk calendar full of colorful images…and sayings.

$20 at Fred Flare.

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Zac Posen

Zac Posen Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz


Key Takeaways:
  Inspired by the countryside–the Shakers and the wheat fields of the Great Plains, Zac Posen created a Spring 2008 collection that was at once restrained and unashamedly sexy.  And probably frowned upon by the Shakers.  In his runway tour of the midwest, Posen picked up on a number of key Spring 2008 trends: emphasis on the waist, colorblocking, the use of sheers, feathers, asymmetry, (tiered) ruffles, the pouf skirt, the long blazer, voluminous sleeves, and the oversized collar.

Color Palette: 
Wheat tan, yellow, red and shades of blue added color to Posen’s black and white.

Silhouettes: 
Day looks included an emphasis on the waist, high necked blouses, vests, skinny pants, blouses with voluminous sleeves, structured coats, boxy jackets, long blazers, oversized collars, cuffed pants, and short shorts.  Despite Posen’s chosen theme, his eveningwear exuded dramatic sexiness, with structured bustiers, tiers of ruffles, and unashamed asymmetry. One slinky black dress was belted at the knee and featured a pool of fabric and feathers likely 5 feet in diameter.  And his closing set of dresses, featuring clouds of drapey, marbled fabric, was anything but Shaker-esque.

Accessories Report:  Belts at the natural waistline, the fedora (feathered), and structured handbags (including the clutch).

What’s Wearable: The structured coats and boxy jackets were very wearable, along with the tops with oversized collars.

What’s Not Wearable: 
We’d recommend passing on the poufy minidress with the metallic wheat appendage.  A bit too literal of an interpretation of the Great Plains, if you ask us.  Careful also with the short shorts and skinny pants for obvious figure flattery reasons.

Previous Zac Posen Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Zac Posen
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Zac Posen
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Zac Posen
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Zac Posen

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Reem Acra

Reem Acra Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz


By Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

Key Takeaways: 
The emphasis on the waist, classic cuts, and grown-up glamour.  Reem Acra showed ethereal fabrics, saturated jewel tones, voluminous sleeves, full Dioresque skirts, tiered skirts and column skirts.

Color Palette: 
Citron yellow, royal purple, vibrant kelly green,and bold red lent vitality to classic eveningwear. Classic black and white combinations also made a bold statement.  Dove grey and silver also added drama and sophistication to the vibrant palette.

Silhouettes:  Figure flattering cinched waists, peasant cut blouses with lean skirts, classic Grace Kelly-esque full skirts with feminine puff sleeve blouses, sexy sheer skirts revealing lace tap pants. Rich grey skirts with purple crinolines peeking out from under the hem.  Pure femininity was displayed in the cut of every sleeve, skirt and dress.

Accessories Report: 
Jewel toned wide belts at the natural waist line and classic pumps.  We loved the splashes of color on a rich purple dress with a bright yellow belt and green pumps.

What’s Wearable:
  Every piece of clothing was more or less wearable–and sure to make you a knockout.

What’s Not Wearable:  The sheer blouses may not be for the faint of heart, but the fabrics and embroideries were so breathtaking that one might throw caution to the wind.

Previous Reem Acra Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Reem Acra

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz


Key Takeaways:
  A body-conscious collection of dresses and separates in solid colors.  The neutral-colored collection was loosely fitted, with volume being cinched in at the waistline.

Color Palette:  White dominated the collection, along with grey and beige.  Splashes of spring green, light blue, and turquoise added visual interest.

Silhouettes:  Of note was: (1) the loose fit of the garments, (2) the emphasis on the waistline, (3) the skirts that ended at mid-calf, and (4) the voluminous sleeves.

Accessories Report:  Strappy gladiator/orthopedic style shoes.

What’s Wearable:  Most of the collection was wearable–favorite pieces included a grey, cap-sleeved dress with a high front slit and the blousy white overcoat with the kimono sleeves.

What’s Not Wearable:  Skirts that end at mid-calf are tough to wear without looking short. 

Previous Calvin Klein Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Calvin Klein
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Calvin Klein
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Calvin Klein
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Calvin Klein

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Lucite Bangle

Lucite Bangle

The perfect accompaniment for a mod minidress.

$4.80  at Forever 21.

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: NY Magazine


Key Takeaways:
  While Marc Jacobs’ namesake collection was all about theatrics, his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection provided much more wearable looks.  Of note was the often-subtle asymmetry seen in the collection–perhaps one shirt panel done in a different fabric, or having a rounded corner hem on one jacket side and a square corner hem on the other.  Key trends included: the high waistline, colorblocking, dots, bows, short shorts, emphasis on the waistline, and nautical influences (e.g. sailor pants, horizontal stripes, navy blue).

Color Palette:  Neutrals plus navy, red, brown, and olive yellow.

Silhouettes:  For women, the most important trends were: emphasis on the (high) waistline, boxy dresses and jackets, the cropped jacket, skirts that fall at mid-thigh,and skinny pants.  Key detailing included oversized pockets and the v-strap neckline.  For men, skinny pants, short shorts, and tiny collars on collared shirts.

Accessories Report:  For women, belts at the waist, wide-brimmed hats, tall newsboy-style caps, shoulder strap handbags, the clutch…and luggage.  The Marc by Marc Jacobs woman is a jet-setter.  For men, too-short ties, medium width ties, sport sneakers, and aviator sunglasses (hung in the pocket, not worn).

What’s Wearable:  Silhouettes, minus the short shorts and skinny pants, were generally wearable–though the subtle asymmetry of the garments is harder to pull off.  Our favorite wearable look for women was a silk tie-neck polka-dotted blouse paired with a high-waisted navy skirt fashioned to emulate sailor pants.  On the men, we loved the 70s inspired safari coat.

What’s Not Wearable:
  If you’re uncomfortable with the untraditional, skip this collection.

Previous Marc Jacobs Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: NY Magazine


Key Takeaways:
  Is ugly the new pretty?  Marc Jacobs seems to think so.  Jacobs’ Spring 2008 collection, staged in reverse, featured ironically constructed half-finished garments composed into fully finished looks appropriate for all of the different high school cliques: the goth kids, the drama kids, the cheerleaders, the nerds, and even the prom queen.  Despite the theatrics of the collection, Jacobs wove some key Spring 2008 trends into his collection: colorblocking, sequins, an emphasis on the waist, high-waisted bottoms, and the colors purple, pink, and orange.

Color Palette:  Neutrals accompanied by pinks, purples, blues, yellows, and oranges.

Silhouettes:  All over the place.  Of note were the high-waisted pants and skirts, the short shorts, and the capes–which are coming back for Fall 2007.

Accessories Report:  Nerd glasses, short necklaces, gloves, Attitude.

What’s Wearable:  Specific pieces were wearable: a heather grey high-waisted knit skirt, a cropped black jacket with pockets at the shoulder.  But the looks were designed to stay on the runway.

What’s Not Wearable:  Let’s just say that Marc Jacobs didn’t design this collection for wearability.  But for good measure, we’ll say: ditch the witch hats.

Previous Marc Jacobs Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Marc Jacobs

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz


Key Takeaways:
  Oscar de la Renta presented a refined collection of ladylike clothes for the ladies who lunch.

Color Palette: 
Creams and whites, with red, sky blue, and shades of green as primary accent colors.

Silhouettes:  Much like Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta showed a small-over-big silhouette.  Both woven and knit tops were fitted, while bottoms left more room for volume. Pants were cut both high-waisted and wide-legged, while skirts featuring controlled volume tended to fall just above the knee line.  Spring 2008 trends included: the hip length jacket, wide legged pants, high-waisted jeans, knee-length skirts, boxy jackets, the vest, and the tiered skirt.  Details included ruffles, the v-strap neckline, bows, textured knits, and the bubble hem.

Accessories Report:  The giant clutch as a handbag, sunglasses (extra points for colored frames), cuff bracelets, and belts at the natural waistline.

What’s Wearable:  Most everything in Oscar de la Renta’s Spring collection are items that could have come out of a Park Avenue socialite’s closet.  Favorite looks included a double-breasted cap sleeved coat-dress in navy and the epitome of old-school glamour: a feather-adorned floor length black and white gown (pictured, middle). 

What’s Not Wearable:  Pattern-on-pattern action for both the skirt and the jacket is a bit much, unless you’re blessed with a model’s figure.

Previous Oscar de la Renta Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Oscar de la Renta
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Oscar de la Renta
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Oscar de la Renta
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Oscar de la Renta

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