Back With A Vengeance: February 2011 Fashion Week Trends

Although the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week festivities take over all of New York City for two different weeks out of the year, they always pass by in an unimaginably beautiful and colorful blur of cutting-edge couture. This past week, the cold, mid-winter streets of New York were warmed by the beams of creativity and culture shooting out from the Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center. And while designers pulled influence from an endless amount of sources that have cultivated their versatile collections, there were certain universal trends, easily spotted by a fashion school professor, modest fashion lover that define the upcoming seasons in fashion design.

For instance, wide-leg trousers could be seen in a variety of fashion shows, including the likes of Tory Burch, and Tommy Hilfiger. The bell-bottom, seventies style pants were paired with see-through blouses, and tight-fitted, tucked-in, sheer cotton shirts.

Another noticeable trend on the runway for February’s fashion festivities, is the ever-feminine long, slinky gown with high slits up the sides. Designers like Michael Kors adorned their models in slinky, draped gowns, often cinching them at the waist or above the hip, and letting them flow gracefully down, subtly revealing each woman’s natural shape.

Weirdly enough, yet another sensational Fall/Winter look for the 2011 season is the pajama/jumpsuit trend. Fashion houses like Max Azria and Acne sent models down the runway in denim, leather, velvet and khaki jumpsuit style get-ups that look almost like they have been modeled after a plumber’s work uniform. The Acne collection even featured a model in a pair of plastic-shiny leather, gold, metallic overall capri pants.

Rather traditionally, many designers showcased many attempts at futuristic, mod-style designs to remind all of us that we are in the early years of a new, futuristic millennium. This season, shows from Acne, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang all include futuristic elements that spice up classically-cut pieces. Shiny, almost plastic-looking fabrics, metallic hues, sequins, dyed leather, and jewel-encrusted garments, as well as a very unisex, gender-ambiguous feel to many loose-fitting trousers and pant-suits give an unmistakable nod to the future in fashion design, and to many creative possibilities to come.