Fall Fashion Trends: Tough-Chic to Sex Kitten

Vogue explores the ones you shouldn't miss
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2009 3:11 PM CDT
A model presents an ensemble by Italian designer Antonio Marras, as part of his Fall-Winter 2009-2010 ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Kenzo in Paris, Wednesday March 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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(Newser) – The fall runways offered their share of splurges—like the must-have biker jacket—but savvy, recession-friendly choices like the pinstripe suit had their own moment in the spotlight. Vogue highlights the most important fall trends:

  • Biker chic: Think zippers and shrunken tops. Designers from Christophe Decarnin to Alexander Wang featured tough-chic looks.

  • Show it off: Corsets and bralettes highlighted the bust, while one-pieces flaunted the legs—and of course, there was the bare midriff.
  • Back to the 1940s: Some designers reminisced with big shoulder pads; others with long, glamorous gowns.
  • Back to the '80s: Other designers revived a more recent decade with metallic leather and crystal-studded minidresses.
  • Drapey dresses: Flowing, layered skirts came in both short and long varieties from Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, and others.
  • Classic looks: Camel hair, pinstripes, double-breasted jackets, and tweed found themselves back on the runways.