Looks from Ralph Lauren (left), Richard Chai Love (center) and Marc Jacobs (right).
About 300 different designers show an average of 30 looks apiece, so that's roughly 9,000 fashion and 600 hair and beauty ideas to choose from. Some, we'll immediately integrate into our wardrobes and beauty routines. Others, we're not so sure of.
We've rounded up a few of Spring 2011's most creative trends. Take the quiz below and let us know if you'd wear them... or not
Would You Wear... American Frontierswoman Fashions?
There was a truly exploratory spirit running through certain collections this season most notably at Ralph Lauren, who took the idea of venturing out into the prairie winds to an almost costumish degree. Take for example, his tablecloth coat that is trimmed with frilly lace. Could you see yourself throwing this on over a pair of leather chaps for the spring? Giddy up!
Would You Wear... Creatively Layered Culottes?
At Richard Chai Love, the designer was intent on moving away from the too-short, too-exposed way of dressing that has infiltrated shows in recent seasons. Instead, he took a page out of Martha Graham's style repertoire and sent models down the runway in sheer body-stockings and lots of interesting layers. For us, we found the culottes over pants look a bit Japanese-y but also rather curious. Who wants to return to that '80s way of dressing? Remember when you wore shorts over sweatpants in gym class?
Would You Wear... Disco Diva Styles?
From Marc Jacobs to Rodarte to Tory Burch, we saw a lot of funkafied ensembles sashay down the runway for spring. Perhaps the most obvious was Jacobs, who channeled the heady days of Studio 54 and vintage Yves Saint Laurent in his collection. The colors were so retro you could almost imagine being back in your parents' old rec room. For women who love to boogie and to get down, there were daringly low jumpsuits, wide-brim oversize sunhats, funky sunglasses, and gold glitter platform heels. Can you dig it?
Neon-orange lips at Ohne Titel and yellow eyeliner at Peter Som. Photo: Getty Images
Would You Wear... Neon-Orange Lipstick?
By far the single most prominent beauty trend at New York Fashion Week, glowing citrus lips popped off faces at Ohne Titel, Jill Stuart, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Isaac Mizrahi, to name just a few. Though it's a little scary at first glance, orange lipstick can actually be quite flattering. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, who created a knockout tangerine lip at Jill Stuart, told us backstage that "this color suits most people. It complements every skin tone and makes your eye color pop. It's incredibly effective!" That said, we may have to grow some bigger beauty cojones to wear this look in public.
Would You Wear... Yellow Eyeliner?
Will we be trading our trusty taupe eye shadow for bright yellow this spring? If top designers have their way, the answer is a resounding "yes, honey." Tom Pecheux drew a banana-shape arch over models' lids at Peter Som as a modern ode to the 1960s staple flicked eyeliner. Doo.Ri and Zac Posen also showed the sunny shade on their runways. A slick of yellow shadow is certainly a fresh idea, but we're torn is it wearable, or a little bananas?
Painted hair at Altuzarra, and crazy frizz at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Photo: Getty Images
Would You Wear... Frizzed-to-the-Max Hair?
When harbinger-of-cool designer Marc Jacobs likes a hairstyle so much that he shows it not only once, but twice, you know it's a trend that will take root. Hairstylist Guido Palau found himself creating the same intricately frizzed 'do which he deemed "Grace Coddington frizz" after Vogue's longtime creative director at both the Marc Jacobs runway show and the following afternoon at his diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs. "It's that decadent frizz from the 1930s that we revisited in the '70s," he said, and from the tense scene we witnessed backstage at both shows, unless you were blessed with hair this curly, the look is no easy feat to create yourself. Is that a good thing? You tell us.
Would You Wear... Painted Locks?
Last season, we saw colored extensions on the runways, but this season, hairstylists took it up a notch by actually painting color onto the hair for a temporary burst of brights. Guido Palau started the trend at Alexander Wang by coating models' hair in white clay and melting it into the strands with a hairdryer for a painted effect. Altuzarra carried it on with primary colors slashed through models hair to conjure up a '70s punk look, and Alexandre Herchcovitch perfected it by painting models' buns various pastel shades to match their dresses (and their lips). Is this trend a brush above the rest, or should paint be reserved for walls?
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