Lily of the Valley's Spring 2010 NYC Fashion Week Roundup

This season's fashion shows in New York City were clouded with unfortunate weather but that didn't stop the designers from showing their flashy pieces in the famous Bryant Park tents. Though we've seen numerous trends, some seem more fleeting than others, so we want all you OB-ers to be in the know ASAP! We decided to call out three of the most reoccurring trends so that you'll make some seriously educated purchases in the near future...

First off, the 1980's trend. We know you've been seeing this stuff everywhere from the strong shoulder silhouette to the neon colorways on nearly every rack this summer. This bold theme is all the rage on the runways at Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen, two designers that generally dictate the retail market due to their overwhelming popularity. Think bright and funky pieces, but be mindful of how you wear them. Keep the mix and matching of strong saturated colors and patterns to a minimum and always trust your gut instinct. In other words, if you think it looks ridiculous, it looks ridiculous.

The second trend we saw a ton of is the resurgence of forties gear. High-waisted skirts and pants, skinny belts, and very delicate accessories were evident at Lanvin and Bottega Veneta. Draping was very big this season too, perfectly capturing this decade with fearless grace and elegance. Try for a draped top or grecian dress and pair it with something contemporary like a pair of skinny jeans with zippered hems. Always throw in the unexpected; it shows that you have the confidence to pull of just about anything!

Finally, forceful menswear was a theme at many a fashion show this season. Strong, almost tough, combinations of blazers and trousers in every shape and size were all around the runways. This may be a hard look to pull off for some, but take inspiration from the models strutting their stuff down the Boy by Band of Outsiders or Proenza Schouler catwalks. Both shows displayed menswear as a way to stand out from the uber-feminine looks that are everywhere right now. We like to balance both, but take it from us, nothing looks more sophisticated on a woman than a perfectly fitted blazer.

Keep in mind that these are trends, and the ultimate goal is to take your already amazing wardrobe and add little hints of what's new and "in" throughout your day-to-day looks. Blending your individual style with current fashion favs is the best way to achieve fashionista status. Remember, this is all about fun - fashion should never be taken too seriously!

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