Spring 2008 Trends

If you've picked up a magazine or followed fashion show coverage at all, you know by now that art-influenced clothes, intensely vivid pastels, safari-inspired pieces, and sheer fabrics are the buzzwords this spring. We delved deeply into these trends and pulled out some specific styles and key items that we think are going to stick this season. So without further ado, we're happy to present our Spring 2008 Preview, featuring our favorite looks and picks that are sure to become popular with young Hollywood.

Brown Leather Belts
Of all the spring trends and looks, the brown leather belt might be our favorite accessory. As seen above at Karen Walker, 3.1 Phillip Lim, BCBG Max Azria, and Lanvin, the way to wear it is long and looped (twisted or knotted is acceptable too). We particularly like a brown leather belt over a feminine frock because it can keep even ultra girly dresses from looking saccharine.

Sherbet Beauty
Spring beauty looks tend to run towards the "naturally pretty" side of things, but this season was punchier than usual. We were particularly fond of the rainbow sherbet shades of makeup, like the deep tangerine lips at Carolina Herrera, electric, icy blue liner at Marni, bright orange shadow at Dries Van Noten, and hot pink toes at Valentino. It might seem like a difficult trend to try, but it's actually quite wearable and easy too. Just look for products that are brighter than pastels but not quite neon and apply to a single feature!

Cropped Pants
Spring's twist on the recent menswear-inspired looks is the cropped pant. Designers like Matthew Williamson, Alexander Wang, and Chris Benz (above, from left to right) all showed generously cut trousers in shorter lengths. Balance the tomboy aspects of the style by wearing a substantial shoe with a serious heel and a ladylike top.

Super Gladiators
Gladiator sandals have sure been the sleeper hit of the sandal world. Back in March, we pointed out that they were Still Loitering, and amusingly enough, they're going to be bigger than ever this spring. Once relatively neutral, gladiators are now going wild with straps and colors galore. While we saw some crazier examples at D&G, Givenchy, and Balenciaga (above, from left to right), the classic gladiator will still be popular too. Burberry Prosum made a sleek, simple sandal (above) that surely will be seen on many a celeb foot.

Grab Bags
It's not necessarily about the particular shape of the bag this spring; it's how you carry it. In a nod to the recent oversized and day clutch popularity, shows like Marni, Chloe, Fendi, and Gucci eschewed purse straps for a hands-on approach. As you can see above, clearly clutches naturally lend themselves to this look, but feel free to ignore the handles on your carryall of choice too.

High-Waisted Skirts
It's all about the high-rise right now, as high-waisted skirts are going to become just as popular as high-waisted jeans. We reported on these skirts back when the trend was just breaking and now we think the look is about to be embraced in a big way. Spotted at Miu Miu, VPL, and Jenni Kayne (from left to right, above), these skirts were shown in a range of volumes and paired with tucked-in tops.

Sheer Legs
Opaques have dominated the leg world as of late, but we think the power structure's about to change. Sheer legs, via stockings and diaphanous pants, were another popular runway trend, as seen at Derek Lam, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton (from left to right, above) just to name a very, very few. We've already seen a few celebs stepping out with sheer legs (Gwen Stefani, to name names) and no doubt this will only continue!

Power Puffs
Whether you call it an ode to Amy Winehouse or see it as a bastardized bouffant, one thing is certain: the power puff has arrived. Apparently it's time to pick up a ratting brush and learn how to master the big airy hairdos that were shown at Dsquared, Moschino, Roberto Cavalli and at Louis Vuitton too. While the volume shown on the runways might be a little much, there's no harm in adding a little backcombing to your hair repertoire.