1. Learn a New Acronym.
Because the LWD (little white dress) is your new staple. More designers opened with one than didn’t, so there’s a great variety of mood and shape. Narrow at Proenza Schouler, sweet at Badgley Mischka, sheer at Calvin Klein, and incredibly easy at Lela Rose. We could go on.
2. You’ll Get the Blues …
The season’s preferred shade hovers somewhere between cobalt and royal. It dresses up on the season’s popular caftan shape at DKNY, and down on a sharp T-shirt dress at Zero Maria Cornejo. Oscar de la Renta applied the new color to an old concept—tight, Alaïa-esque bandage strips—on a cocktail dress.
3. …When You’re Not All Yellow.
Blue is easy. Yellow is tough. For most, it takes a tan to make it look good. The soft, buttery shades at Sari Gueron and Calvin Klein are gently flattering, but Thakoon’s touch of acid on a short, layered shift is—for those with the right legs and complexions—outrageously fresh and sharp.
4. Any Print Goes—So Long As It’s Black-and-White.
There were lots of motifs, mostly in botanic themes. Whether they were bold and graphic (witness Diane Von Furstenberg’s giant ginkgo leaves) or sometimes romantic, as at Vera Wang, the best were black-and-white. It looked Henley-ready at Ralph Lauren, and sweetly boho at Sari Gueron.
5. You’ll Be Wearing Your Flowers.
There were many fluttery 3-D blooms, but among the best were Thakoon’s long gown with delicate petal sleeves and hem, Rodarte’s nostalgic white cocktail dress, and Phillip Lim’s versatile white tunic dress.
6. You’ll Be Dotty.
Polka dots are the graphic device that manages to be both mod and feminine. This season, they sprang up everywhere from casual dresses at Zero and Zac Posen to a sheer white tank at Marc Jacobs.
7. Your Drawers Will Droop.
If you keep in mind that trends exist on a pendulum, then you know the clock is ticking on those skinny pants. Trousers were floppy and flappy, especially in the crotch. Vera Wang and Sass & Bide loosen up on top, before tapering to a narrow end. Marc Jacobs’s version came via Marrakech, while Derek Lam and Marc by Marc Jacobs offered practical linen trousers, cropped and comfy.
8. You’ll Keep Experimenting With Volume.
Big is not over yet. Last season’s layers stuck around, but they’ve lightened up in spirit and hue. Generous tiers covered dresses at Marc Jacobs and Vera Wang, while Thakoon and Erin Fetherston kept their ruffles down low. Ruffian brought the idea north, with full, tall shoulders on a small black dress.
9. You’ll Keep Shining, But Discreetly.
Metallic is the trend that has been around so much we’re hard-pressed to call it a trend: It’s moved into basic territory. This spring, you’ll want to soften the glare. Vera Wang does it perfectly.
10. You’re Going To Twist Your Ankle.
There were ankle-boot/gladiator-sandal hybrids at Donna Karan and Proenza Schouler, thick wooden platforms at Derek Lam. Calvin Klein’s slingbacks were rather space-age, and Marc Jacobs’s triangular wooden heel looked like nothing so much as a springboard.
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