For Spring, Optimism Is In
Cheerful, charming looks and fun, nostalgic designs are back for men and women
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2009 1:31 PM CDT
Spring 2010 fashion from Carolina Herrera is modeled during fashion week in New York, Monday Sept. 14, 2009.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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(Newser) – “Optimism is the new black,” with designers “laying on the charm” for the spring 2010 season, writes Booth Moore for the Los Angeles Times. The “colors are cheerful,” fun “prints are making a comeback,” and “florals are being re-imagined in a funkier way.” The light, sometimes “cutesy” women’s collections, ripe with nostalgia, seem to say, “Happy days are here again.”

The men’s collections show a similar “sense of optimism,” with “vivid pops” of color, “cheery prints and even polka dots,” writes Adam Tschorn. Designers who have been less than cheery in the past now feature “lightweight shorts and gauzy shirts” and “print motifs that included leaping marlins, palm trees, life preservers, and waves.” The season's many shades of blue and yellow are “like sunlight peeking from behind the clouds.”