Sheer Joy The first backstage-influenced lesson we noticed was the prevalence of sheer material. This may not seem like headline-worthy news to some, but those of us who make a habit of watching what gets worn behind-the-scenes know that when something other than opaque black tights steal the show, it's a big story! Texture always plays a key role in our favorite looks, so we were truly delighted to track this diaphanous trend on some of our favorite cat walkers! Whether you are going to reach for sheer tights to go under your denim cut-offs¬--still a model must-have, seen backstage at Bottega Veneta (top, middle)¬--or a slinky sheer tank top (spotted backstage at Proenza Schouler) just make sure to combine it with some smart layering pieces, like a velvet bed coat or some sturdy leather combat boots, and you'll be in step with this model-favorite fashion statement!
If you are fond of this translucent fabric, feel free to try a tank or a pair of tights to get the look. We can recommend Kain Label's 3/4 Binding Tank ($80) or Pete's Sheer Racerback Tank ($95) for top options. Likewise, make sure to slip into Topshop's Sheer Seam Stockings ($12) or Wolford's 10 Tights ($32), which are both amazing and affordable to boot!
Though trendsetters like Mary-Kate Olsen and Alexa Chung have been rocking cropped cat-inspired leopard coats this autumn, this look certainly has legs for the upcoming spring 10 season (it's on everything from Alexander Wang's must-buy pony-hair wedges to Giambattista Valli's floaty frocks), so we are glad that these models are showing us how to wear it in a transitional way. Seen backstage at Lagerfeld Gallery (bottom row, left), this feline fabric was smartly paired with muted monochromatic closet staples. Of course, a subtle leopard accent will also allow you to feel warm and fuzzy without overwhelming your outfit; if you don't believe us, just check out the stylish scene at Bottega Veneta. As you can tell, a spotted collar gives just a hint of this fad and heralds another lust-worthy winter fabric that has spawned a cold-weather frenzy of it's own: faux fur!
If you are wild for these printed pieces, consider Lucky Brand's Leopard Print Coat ($199) or Alice + Olivia's Shawl Collar Faux Fur Jacket ($385) for two spot-on choices!
When it comes to chic silhouettes, the slim column still rules. Though voluminous shapes are certainly a smart way to add a twist to your favorite looks, streamline is best suited for running from job to job. Whether you are going to wear a tapered harem pant, skinny cigarette black jeans, or a long maxi dress, just make sure that you update these shapes with an eye-catching pattern or contrasting color to add a dash of personality. For example, backstage at Stella McCartney, one girl opted for an optical printed extra long skirt to go with her acid wash biker jacket, meanwhile fresh off the Haider Ackermann runway (top, right), the this sartorially savvy chicster chose a nude peplum coat with contrasting black piping to compliment her trim trousers. Of course, you can just throw on an ikat scarf, as our Lagerfeld Gallery lady did (bottom, right) to add a refreshing flourish to a pair of taupe harem pants; follow their lead and you'll be all set to make a stylish statement!
Keep your shape slim with Best Behavior's Jersey Drop Crotch Pants ($179), Forever 21's Harem Pants ($20), and if you are interested in a chic cigarette pair try Citizen of Humanity's Birkin Ankle Length Skinny Leg Pants ($135) or Joe's The Legging Jeans ($84) to get a long, lean, lithe line!
Backstage images, from firstVIEW.