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Scoping Out Trends for Spring 2009

By CHLOE HOPPIE
Published: February 3, 2009

Although spring feels like its ages away, we're literally less than two months from cherry blossoms and patios. And with our generally mild weather, Vancouverites can usually get away with slipping into their sandals a little earlier than the rest of the country. So why not get ahead of the crowd and check out what's going to be really hot for spring!

Floral printsOddly enough, we saw a lot of floral prints in the fall. This season is bringing even bolder, blooming floral patterns complete with no shortage of colour. Flowing and jersey style dresses and ruffled blouses make striking statements while other designers like Charles Nolan have opted for subtle patterns on chiffon material.

Tiered, layered and loose-fitting dressesAs an intro to the summer, the spring is introducing effortless, plush dresses that fit loosely, making any body type look opulent. Coming in long and short varieties, BCBG Max Azria used plenty of thinner material for a relaxed, layered look that falls elegantly around the legs. Long, tiered dresses add a little bit of structure while still maintaining a graceful feel.

JumpsuitsNo longer considered a 1980s fashion faux pas, jumpsuits are making a comeback in the form of sleek, evening couture as well as in adventurous animal prints and neon colours. Lanvin paired bold-coloured clutches with midnight black jumpsuits for its Spring 2009 collection, bringing a whole new meaning to a night out.

ColourDesigners are unapologetic this season with their use of colour. Unconventional colours are showing up on long-sleeved boyfriend shirts and shorts. Alexander Wang paired bright pink and orange together with chunky platforms for a fun weekend look. Seeing as neutrals are still very much on the radar, bursts of neon yellow and electric blue in the form of belts and shoes add definition to an otherwise ordinary outfit.

Structured, architectural edgesThis season, work attire is all the buzz with geometric shapes and hard edges. Cubed, pointed shoulders are reminiscent of large, padded shoulders, but with a futuristic look. Dresses are produced in short or three-quarter lengthed sleeves with squared shoulders while pant suits are paired with a structured blazer and sharp, tailored pants. Calvin Klein and Chanel experimented with this multifaceted look.

Flower child, rock and grungeBe sure to wear some flowers in your hair this spring, as designers are heavily influenced by late 1960s trends. Diane von Furstenberg paraded long skirts and hair accessories, including scarves and head bands, along the runways of her spring show. A grunge revival is on the horizon with spring seeing a lot of baggy plaid shirts, icon tees, and fringe purses. But the rock look is not complete without the signature acid-washed jeans. Skinny Jeans by Levi's has fun renewing this trend.

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