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Trends. There are new trends each season, and sometimes we see things on the runways that just makes us utter aloud “Is that fashion? Would people really wear that in real life?” Sometimes a designer uses the runway as a prop— to parade down ensembles that are more fantastic than realistic just to make a splash. I want to hear your opinions of some of these questionable trends— read on + speak up!

Some of these trends could be interpreted into a normal person’s daily life— I particularly love a neutral color palate and find beige on beige, or creme on creme to make a soft and subtle statement. I do not own many striped garments, but I do appreciate the boldness of stripes with stripes… and I have always loved the look of an old vintage camisole as outerwear, to me it looks romantic, not vulgar. What about you?

Underwear as Outerwear: Dolce & Gabanna, Christopher Kane, Jasmine Di Milo, Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent

Stripes + Stripes: Prada, Sonia Rykiel, Prada, Jonathan Saunders, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander

Neutral Nudes: Chloe, Versace, Haider Ackermann, Alberta Ferretti, Richard Nicoll, Antonio Berardi, Alexander Wang

Wild Accessories: Fendi sunglasses, Balenciaga faux wood shoes, Dior feather shoes, Prada striped heels, Erdem high heeled hiking pumps

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    Jun 7, 2011, 07.24 PMby floresca11

    If the idea to wear underwear outside was all these fashion designers did, then i could call babies FANTASTIC designers for their ability to wear their shoes on the “wrong” feet. I could totally see myself in those bright striped flowy dresses out to the beach!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 01.50 AMby Nancywnn

    The design is unique,and very beautiful,I like it very much,thank you.

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    May 30, 2011, 07.26 AMby macska

    Oh my. Those Prada striped heels. I want!!!

    I like the stripes, and a lot of the crazy accessories, but personally I find the underwear-as-outerwear is a bit hit-or-miss. Some styles are fantastic, others are just, well, kinda ugly. But that’s just me. :-) Whether it’s wearable or not though, things on the runway can offer great inspiration. You just need to interpret them to something that you’d like to wear yourself.

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      May 31, 2011, 08.00 PMby alisondahl

      I want those heels too! They are amazing. I agree— even if some of these looks are not part of everyone’s realistic style of dressing, it’s still fun to be inspired by them and come up with your own renditions ;)

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    May 29, 2011, 06.47 AMby mamagee

    haaaaa. they late! i jammed a bra outside a shirt 71/2 years ago. folks neeed to git hip lol. to me, fashion ain’t right til you got at least ONE hater. lol just kidding. but i WILL say that a lack of confidence is where a lot of mistakes can occur in rtw too! i think the main thing that was being discussed was the element of courage- do something a lil different…wearing a bra outside our shirt for one person could mean wearing a form fitting wrapdress to another, you know? guts will always be in. cause it symbolizes self esteem. that’s what i’m workin on right now. the inner fashion comes first :) p.s. did anybody peep the rose karate belt getup, tho? genius.

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    May 29, 2011, 01.56 AMby dj1

    its funny i just purchase 3yds of red/blue 1"wide stripe knit fabric that i cant wait to sew up …. i like stripes especially the way Prada did them …. Nudes love …not to fond of bras showing on the outside . i do like them paired with a suit (inside of couse) that’s doable….runway shows are really just that Shows to put the spot light on the designer. the real money forthem are other things they sell like perfumes ,handbags etc…

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    May 28, 2011, 02.53 PMby gedwoods

    Runway is a great concept, it acts as a counterpoint or counterbalance to what we see in the stores. It’s outré, pantomime, spectacle. Clearly a way for designers to “show off”, sometimes in outrageous ways. Source of insipiration, too, across designers. Sometimes I find “too much of the same” in runway shows, maybe a result of the use of preprogrammed look books that circulate to the big design houses, so they’re not always ground breakers – sometimes RTW can break new ground! The relationship between the runway shows and the RTW industry is organic. Not everything transfers, but much will, and the stuff that doesn’t serves as “fodder” for driving inspiration for the next year. And some of the runway is meant to provocative, to break with convention. Underwear as outerwear? Not right for most people, but it helps us think “outside the box” and come up with new ideas that might transfer better. Or it might depend on how it’s done, too. The issue I have with runways is that they may not be the best place to show off transformable garments to their best advantage, unless you’re a top designer and can claim the necessary time needed to showcase the transformations.

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    May 28, 2011, 01.26 PMby Tokie Ang

    i like when designer goin to the ‘out of the box’ idea.. but..when we, as the common people go to the store..am not sure that we would wear the underwear as the outer..

    cos in my opinion, even if we wear that undies style..will u really follow that kind of trend?? cos this is back again to the personal styles and character in fashion^^..

    but i love to heard designers these days are goes to the runway designs..so we, the common people can still wear and fashionable :D

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    May 28, 2011, 06.40 AMby von-nation

    Fashion is very individualistic, one person could love a piece and think it is ‘high fashion’ where someone might think it belongs in the bin. I’m not a fan of wearing inner wear as outer wear…looks too provocative and just plain silly! Love the stripes on stripes, and neutral nudes (unless it makes you appear as if you aren’t wearing anything at all), I could see myself trying those trends.

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    May 27, 2011, 06.52 PMby varenoea

    There’s no telling… you see one trend and you go “urgh, that weird shit makes people look like balloons” and the next thing you know is everybody wears it (and looks like a balloon)… and then you see something normal and wearable, and nobody wants it for real life. It never ceases to amaze me.

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    May 26, 2011, 10.08 PMby wendio

    As I have always said “to each his own”. It’s good to see that may designers are thinking outside the box, however, I my self would keep them in the box, or leave my “unmentionables, as unmentionables”.

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      May 27, 2011, 02.33 PMby Mandy A

      totally agree! haha unmentionables lol

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    May 25, 2011, 10.08 PMby Talia B

    Since fashion design is art, it’s great that designers include some wild pieces on the runway. However, in real life I would not wear vintage camisoles as outerwear (that underwear needs to stay under…vulgar) or shoes that high.

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    May 25, 2011, 09.15 PMby eccentric57

    I see something in every trend I would add to my wardrobe, if it fit well and was age approp, (I am 53)…Adore the stripes, all loose and cool looking! The shoes are so much fun…I no longer wear heels, but would certainly look for something funky in a flat that has at least an echo of this style! If we all loved the same fashion, what would be the point? The idea here is to be inspired to follow, or rebel against the current…

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    May 25, 2011, 08.48 PMby beginner13

    I really lovethese spring/summer trends this year. Maybe because they look a little like these i made up in fantasy and then just sew them! Let’s say that the international designers are catching up my stile…

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    May 25, 2011, 04.56 PMby lolaaa

    fashion is not as simple as every one think…noo ohohohh fashion is a big story needs all the power of focusing you have .here ar importants of fashion<light colors-dark colors-colorful dresses-focusing-noticing-and last LOVE OF FASHION more posts i read do not love sripes,its an opinion but not a good opinion as i think….dont ake wahts you only love ,,think about people and you will become a big designers one day!!!!!! i am lolaaa

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    May 25, 2011, 04.06 PMby Mandy A

    Honestly, I dont follow trends, I wear/make what looks good on me, n what is appropriate. Of couse I love seeing what is trendy, but style is a very subjective thing, n just becoz its trendy doesnt mean it looks good on everyone. Plus I like to be unique

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      May 25, 2011, 04.31 PMby lolaaa

      its good to be unique but sorry if you have a problem for you that i am talking but it will be better if you think a little bit about others what they love …..i think you will find that this will make you a big designer one day!!

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    May 25, 2011, 03.56 PMby cooi

    I love trends! I think everything above is wearable given the correct occasion. I find the accessories the hardest to follow because I’m not willing to dish out 1K for a pair of trendy shoes each season.

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    May 25, 2011, 03.03 PMby mayadaughterofsun

    I hate stripes, combination of different…hurt my eyes. As for the rest, interesting to see, although I’ wouldn’ t wear most of that, let s say, I take it as an l ’art pout art.

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      May 25, 2011, 04.33 PMby lolaaa

      sorry if ther is a proble to talk to you but i would say that stripes is better than always black or one color only althought….colorful drsses makes like there is life in this dress

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