Spring '10: Fashions are chic and feminine

Renee Minus White | 4/12/2011, 4:39 p.m.
Designers are the spring fashion news for 2010! The looks are Gypsy-styled, mixed-up and chic....
Spring '10: Fashions are chic and feminine

Designers are the spring fashion news for 2010! The looks are Gypsy-styled, mixed-up and chic. Fabrics take center stage. Shoulders are wide. The waist is in focus. Skirts are short. For evening, longer lengths and gowns are featured, though very short styles are on the runway for the younger set. The dress continues to dominate collections. Feminine details like bows, ruffles, pleats, shirring, draping, lacing and embroidery are important. Pants are on the runway in skinny legging styles, short shorts, capri styles and some front-pleated, loose-fitting looks. Prints are everywhere in soft and bold colors. Floral prints, geometric patterns and madras combos appear pretty. For the office, some designers stick to the classic cuts, while other designers are making strong statements showing soft, simply shaped, yet very sophisticated styles.

For 2010,Tracy Reese blends fierce optimism and edgy romance in a palette that's inspired by the work of Pierre Bernard. Her body-conscious silhouettes bring fresh energy to the new season's looks. Reese's relaxed styles are draped, ruched and wistfully romantic. Her prints range from happy graphics to dappled floral hits. A circular theme emerges in prints and embroideries. Reese's sheer styles shimmer in iridescence. This beautiful, African-American designer's draped jersey styles offer an easy, accessible glamour.

Over the weekend,the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Show Tent in Bryant Park was popping. Swimwear designer Rosa Cha opened with a 1940s-styled polka dot one-piece swimsuit. There were haltertops, tie-string bikinis, beautiful cover-ups, silk-tie shirt tunics and tunic skirts. Her swimsuits were not as skimpy looking as last season's styles. There seemed to be much more wearable swim pieces. Fabrics and colors (bold red, orange, yellow) were beautiful.

Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton's sister, and Russell Simmons were just two of the celebrities at Charlotte Ronson's show. Her colors were mostly neutral, featuring sand, gray and white separates. Looking at her clothes, the thought of the way you wear your clothes comes into play. Important pieces are the cuffed shorts that looked smart with a matching wide-shoulder jacket and a soft white blouse. Black leather pieces accented her collection along with the vest, gathered slacks, emphasis on the waist and an off-the-shoulder sweater. Her best dresses are draped dramatically.

Monarchy, new on the horizon, focuses on the corporate look. Men's suits, in the lineup for a change, are impeccably tailored to fit. There are pretty, fine-styled dresses with nipped waistlines and sexy, V-neck-lines in this collection.