Spring 2009 Fashion Week: London, Milan, Paris

 By ModCloth Writer, Maggie Glover

We really loved the collections we saw at Spring Fashion Week in New York, so we were super psyched to check out the gorgeous goods in London, Milan, and Paris! We weren’t sure what to expect; would we see more muted neutrals, bandage dresses, and jewel tones accented with a little shimmer? Would silhouettes be fitted, deconstructed, or a combination of both? And what about the shoes?

Although we dream of someday being worldly fashionistas, traveling to couture capitals to witness the debut of designer collections, we’re not quite there yet. However, thanks to our friends at Fashionista.com and Style.com, we were still able to take part in the festivities–and we were not disappointed! Several collections featured bright prints, sheer fabrics, and flirty frocks that gave us the hankering for the warm breezes of Spring (even though we’re barely into Autumn)!
Here are just a few of what we thought to be the most memorable looks of Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear!


As soon as we saw the first model’s high hair pouf, we were hooked on Danielle Scutt’s spring collection! Check out the neon colors and long & lean silhouettes:


Luella should win an award for its bright spring color–the mauves, pinks, and oranges. We can’t imagine anything better than slipping on one of these brilliant frocks or skirt suits on the first day of Spring!


Bold orange also cropped up in the Jaeger London collection, as well as stripes and billowy silhouettes that we adore:



Spring arrived with a bang in Marni’s collection that featured funky, mismatched looks: brilliant bubble and diamond patterns, polka dots, sheer fabrics, and even a little shimmer!


Frida Giannini for Gucci brought us fierce fedoras and suits, belted and dropped waists, and impressive gowns in our favorite peacock hues:


How much do we love these necklaces? Almost as much as we love Burberry’s sleek lines, breezy dresses, and pretty hats!


At Prada, we liked the dresses best. Check out the golden grand finale!


The 80s were a big influence at Iceberg: big shoulders, wide belts, and colorful prints abounded!



The Paris shows definitely provided the most surprises, from Jun Takahashi’s all white collection for Undercover to Junya Wantanabe’s super stacked head pieces to Martin Margiela’s “faceless” models.

We adored the bright color, knee-length shorts, and big hats at Vivienne Westwood.


Dior featured belted waists, ruffled hems, gravity-defying hair, and incredibly pretty and wearable dresses (We really want these dresses, don’t you?):


In Ivana Omazic’s designs for Celine, we saw the kind of dresses we imagine wearing while sipping pink bellinis at a garden party.


Balenciaga always impresses us with inventive designs that defy the rules of fashion. This show was no exception–we love the unexpected lines in the pantsuits and frocks, and how the boundry between sleek shoe and tight became indecipherable. The collection moved effortlessly from neutrals to soft peaches and teals before hitting us with bold, iridescent color, and the powerful rounded, structured shoulder that we saw in last year’s collection was featured, but modified in several looks.


Have a favorite look from Fashion Week? Did you absolutely adore (or despise) a particular trend? We’d love to hear from you!

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    Alexa 10/07/2008 at 5:42 pm #

    I love Celine! I can just see every women feeling gorgeous in all those outfits! Perfect colors and shape.

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    Crystal 10/09/2008 at 12:53 am #

    Me too, I love the Celine and Dior dresses, and that orange dress from Luella, too!

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    Darby 10/16/2008 at 7:45 pm #

    The Luella suits were definitely my favourite… So much colour! Spring is so grey here that clothes that bright are needed to remind us that warm weather is coming!

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    Channing 11/17/2008 at 10:57 pm #

    The Dior and Celine lines are by far my favs. Guccii…bit of a disappointment. Jaeger London has some eye catching pieces, I wouldn’t mind wearing at all : )

    Nevertheless the lines are be-u-tiful!

    I heart f@shIon so

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    Alexandra 11/18/2008 at 9:35 pm #

    The Celine line is absolutely to die for! Especially the all-blue dress. That color is fantastic and would look great on anyone.

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    paris travel guide 06/01/2009 at 1:06 pm #

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts.
    You have a great Blog!!! I just added you to my Google News Reader.
    Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Next month I will go to Paris on Vacations and visit Europe for the first time.


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