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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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    May 25, 2011, 02.51 PMby missycas17

    The Top two underwear as outerwear would be the only ones that do not appeal to me. As for the rest of the trends I think they are very wearable.

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    May 25, 2011, 02.46 PMby aleah

    I think underwear should be just that – UNDERwear. When it comes to whether or not runway trends are realistic or not, I think it depends. Usually I would say that runway trends give an extreme sneak peak into next season’s clothing. Some of the garments shown on the pictures is something I would actually wear! I’m talking about the beige dresses minus the dress with a crazy collar and the one with leather.

    I really don’t like colorful stripes though, but maybe that’s just me. Reminds me of kindergarten somehow… although I never went there.

    Fashion changes, but we shouldn’t change alongside it. Of course we are “ruled by fashion” as that’s that we find in the stores, but there’s always something that is more “me” than anything else. I love chiffon, soft colors, dark colors, bows and tulle. When the so called “fashion” changes, I always manage to find something that is “me” anyway.

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      May 25, 2011, 04.40 PMby lolaaa

      its true that you cant change your opinion but fashion is not ruling us…but its your opinion that you say that its ruling us !!dark colors soft colors and colorful desses and more are really all importants of fashion …i hopes you can love colorful dresses and you will become a bid designer one day ………………sorry if there is a problem talking to you

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      May 25, 2011, 05.09 PMby aleah

      (Maybe I’m replying to my own post know, it is supposed to be to lolaaa.)

      Hehe, maybe you misunderstood me: fashion “rules” us as it is the fashion industry who puts together garments and ship them to stores… we choose what to purchase, but after all it all came from somewhere else. :) I like dresses if they have a single color or colors that go well together, I just don’t like those who go all crazy. And by no means, I liked your comment! :)

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    May 25, 2011, 02.19 PMby Nicole Nolan

    I adore all of the trends! With runway, you have to take what you like, and style it a little more mildly. Just a little. The underwear as outerwear is perfect for summer with the little cropped bra tops or bustiers that burda magazine has had lately, or for winter with a brocade corset over a sweater. Nude has to be my favorite trend though… I use my red hair to offset the nude palette, and some towering beige lace up boots and oversized brass jewelry to toughen up the look.

    I enjoy taking wacky runway trends as a challenge in styling. Take the craziest thing I can find, and make it look good for real life. Sometimes I even recycle my costumes into everyday wear!

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    May 25, 2011, 01.57 PMby ichigogirl

    To be honest, out of the pictures here, the only three that don’t appeal to me at all are the two first of underwear as outerwear and the bottom middle picture of nude (Antonio Berardi). Well, ok, I don’t love all the shoes either.

    But the stripes – gorgeous! The accessories – fun! The last two pics of underwear – classy (but then JPG and YSL are masters). The nudes – pretty in a calm way.

    I love runway shows. I’d wear a big part of the clothes on the runways, but often styled differently than on the runway. I love that the runway is a stage, theater, not “real”.

    For anyone who object I recommend you to take a look at Alexander Mc Queesn’s runway video’s, f.ex. on Youtube, but do it with an open mind! Chances are you’ll be amazed and seduced. But you probably won’t copy the make-up or hairstyles…

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    May 25, 2011, 10.28 AMby rogue-cellist

    The only thing that appealed to me at all in that whole low was the cute Prada striped heels… and I’d never wear them! I read an article about an interview with someone once- and I can’t for the life of me remember who they were interviewing but I do remember their advice on fashion. "Buy those pieces that you love, that are timeless and well made, and then wear them out of season. The year you buy it, it is “in”, the next year or 2 it is out of style but after that it is simply a well cut, well made item that suits you". The interviewee advocated owning a wardrobe full of such items and buying the occasional “on trend” item or accessory. This really resonated with me. Fashion is a fickle thing, constantly changing and usually unflattering to the majority.

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      May 25, 2011, 04.42 PMby lolaaa

      i accept with you ,…,light color ,dark color an colorful dresses are all importants of fashion

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      May 27, 2011, 06.53 PMby varenoea

      yeah, the striped ones were nice. But I would totally wear them ;)

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    May 25, 2011, 10.03 AMby sewingfan1

    I figure a lot of runway shows are OTT and exagerate in order to grab your attention and hi-light/emphasise a new/coming trend. As loulourosa says, they only have a short time to showcase so it needs to make an impact. I often think the purpose of the items shown on the runway are mainly to indicate that, for example, big prints are going to be big news, or defined waists, or certain colours and the actual items themselves as shown, wouldn’t really be wearable. Then again, I love all the shoes above (even the feathered ones although I’d reduce the size/amount of the feathers before I’d wear them) and the sunglasses are cool. The wavy collar on the pink ‘nude’ dress is gorgeous and the beige dress with the lace panels is something I’d definitely wear.

    Come to think of it, apart from the underwear on the outside pictures, I really liked almost all the items.

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    May 25, 2011, 09.57 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    Have you noticed the difficulty models seem to have with walking in those shoes? Plus, I don’t care for the see through tops they sometimes wear — is that even legal? And those outside bras etc. don’t even look like they fit!

    I know we’re not supposed to take the runway literally and we have to keep moving forward, but what is wrong with elegant and lady like fashion? And anyway, this stuff that is supposed to be modern now was supposed to be modern 40 years ago! Dosn’t that make it retro?

    I’ve never been a slave of fashion, I just wore what was stylish and in good taste.

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    May 25, 2011, 09.42 AMby LauraClaire89

    The underwear as outerwear trend is ridiculous! The first picture especially, with the blue bra randomly over the top of the shirt- what’s that about?

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    May 25, 2011, 08.17 AMby sprytehart

    I may be ou tof the loop here.. but it seems to me that runway designers are pretty out of touch with the mainstream. Most ladies I know do NOT want to wear their undergarments outside of their clothing!

    My daughters and I sew because so much that comes down the pike is unattractive, ill-fitting, unfeminine and poorly made. It is hard to find things that we LIKE to wear that we feel flatters, reflects our tastes, and is well made.

    Runway fashions tend to be unrealistic, constructed for shapeless women, and very, very unpractical.

    We appreciate Burda and other online sewing sites that give us the tools to step out of the “industry” box and be ourselves in a creative and professional manner.

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    May 25, 2011, 06.46 AMby loulourosa

    The runway is a place to “show” clothes, so the designer “shows” his/her point of view . The runway is also a very short time to use, so the audience has to be enchanted by what is hapening on the catwalk.

    People don’t have to follow the designers view excactly. You can pick up the things you like. Most of the time when you see those clothes on a hanger in a shop they become verry wearable.

    I’m happy to see designers who are not standing stil, and still have a feeling for what the future will be like. They are the one’s who make fashion!

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      May 25, 2011, 04.03 PMby aniomatronika

      Totally agree.

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      May 25, 2011, 04.44 PMby lolaaa

      me tooo i am totally agree light colors,dark colors and colorful dresses are all importants of fashion!!

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    May 25, 2011, 04.50 AMby loyl8

    I LOVE STRIPES!!!!!! I would wear all of them except the outerwear underwear (well I would under the right circumstance and the right outfit). Those prada sunglasses fantastic!! Love this post! I made a really cute striped skirt recently.

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      May 25, 2011, 04.47 PMby lolaaa

      i am agree with you ….but not only stripes is fashion ..light colors ,,dark colors and colorful dresses are all importants of fashion you should love too more!! maybe as you want!!

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    May 25, 2011, 03.03 AMby laha5822

    You could also tell her they are just clothes hangers and not meant to bring their personality to work. I think the runway trends are mostly ridiculous but all do-able in RTW clothing. I love stripes and neutrals, so those are keepers. I need the support under my clothes, so I am not one you will find wearing a bra over my clothes.

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    May 25, 2011, 02.34 AMby halokitty087

    I think the crazy accessories, beige on beige, and stripes will make it into mainstream RTW fashion. I don’t think the underwear as outerwear as pictured here will transfer. I have worn corsets as outerwear before, but that is a completely different look, IMO.

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    May 24, 2011, 11.27 PMby whalen

    Fashion! Nooooo! So, I don’t like the nude look, the bras on the outside, or the tall shoes. I guess I’ll be making even more of my clothes soon. One note, though, I loved the orange color on the high heels.

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      May 25, 2011, 04.49 PMby lolaaa

      fashion is not as simple as you think…colorful colors light and dark colors are all iportants of fashion orange color is also amasing but fashion is more than orange color!!! this is my opinion only

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    May 24, 2011, 08.44 PMby marimadi

    I really like colorful stripes, nude colors so-so, but must be careful not to look naked, while the bra worn over clothes is really disgusting.

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      May 25, 2011, 04.50 PMby lolaaa

      i agree with you realy fashionn is wonderful

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    May 24, 2011, 08.32 PMby Melanie Wiens

    The question is how realistic are runway trends. I love the stripes, bold colours, and beige tones. But a bra outside of a top? Not happening here, nor would I want my young daughter dressing this way. Runway trends are mostly unrealistic, and so are the runway models. My daughter often asks why they aren’t smiling – most of the runway models she has seen (and I limit here exposure to them) have a sullen, expressionless face. I tell her the ladies are angry because they are so hungry.

    On the other hand, the styles we see at BurdaStyle are beautiful, inspiring and something we can actually wear! Thanks, BurdaStyle!

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