Trend Forecast: Light-Colored Lime With a Chance of Leather

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Cobalt at Ohne Titel, light lime at Cushnie et Ochs, and lightweight leather at Mandy Coon. Photo: Imaxtree

Just four days into the spring 2011 season, and trends are already starting to emerge. Among them: next-to-nude faces (Cushnie et Ochs, Doo.Ri); long, see-through skirts (Nicole Miller; rag & bone); watercolor florals of varying intensity (ADAM, Costello Tagliapietra); and even faux septum piercings (Charlotte Ronson, Alexander Wang). But what are the pros thinking? We checked in with Nina Stotler, youth-market editor for trend-forecasting agency Stylesight, to get her take on the shows to date.

What trends are jumping out at you so far for spring 2011?
A few common points have emerged, even this early on. In particular, color trends seem strong — a beautiful, light lime has popped up at both Cushnie et Ochs and Frank Tell, while a vibrant cobalt was featured at Ohne Titel and Nomia. Sleek leathers seem to be a favorite material, often reminiscent of Celine's last two collections. At Mandy Coon, featherweight leather featured slits or was draped alongside chiffon, while Frank Tell added subtle texture to his minimal silhouettes via croc-embossed lambskin. Cushnie et Ochs's thin leather kilts also used contrast, with peekaboo chiffon panels. Overall, skins are definitely a dominant material, especially combined with lighter, sheer fabrics.

What off-the-runway trends are you seeing, either for fall 2010 or future-forward, among showgoers?
Attendees have definitely been showing up in runway-inspired ensembles, in particular, the use of metallic evening pieces mixed with military touches. I love the blurring of evening wear and daywear as a larger trend.

Any trends you're loathe to see returning?
I'm not excited about the resurgence of kitten heels, and I don't know if it will actually take off. Hopefully not.

You must overhear lots of industry people buzzing about trends. Do any of them seem especially off to you?
I think I've been expecting to see more Celine-inspired pieces among attendees since they were more prevalent in Europe, but among New Yorkers, they haven't been around. In addition, directly ladylike looks are not taking off among fashion insiders, nor were athletic pieces. People have been predicting the death of aggressive high heels, but I haven't noticed a reduction in height, but rather sturdier widths. Nude colors have also been promoted, but so far, among New Yorkers, black still prevails.