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Going Back to What Counts

By Meghan Newton

As a designer, I'm always on the lookout for fashion trends for women of all ages. In putting together my own collections, I collect a lot of images to inspire me and identify trends to inform my design process. In my opinion, runway shows are the greatest source for identifying emerging fashion trends before they hit the streets. In 2009 a big trend in clothing will be value, or as Miuccia Prada describes her Spring Summer 2009 collection:  "Going back to what counts."

This interest in  "Going back to what counts" translates into classic, refined pieces and conservative silhouettes. Some specific trends include big jewelry, color blocking, degradé and eco-frendly fabrics. Michelle Obama and her knack for mixing expensive and affordable pieces will be the style icon for women over 40 to watch and emulate this year.

Going back to what counts represents a shift in values. We're moving away from high-end luxury items that now seem insensitive and ostentatious. The new trend is to wear understated items that fit well and are of a decent quality. It's a more subtle approach than we've seen in the past few years and focuses on tailoring and rich natural fabrics. Shelve the flashy designer labels in favor of timeless pieces such as a black turtleneck, a crisp white shirt, a blazer, shift dresses, or a trench coat. Punch up your look with a brightly colored necklace or a pair of comfortable flats.

Meghan Newton is a designer of a Fabulous clothing line. Check out her talented work here. 

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      Kmarie wrote Feb 13, 2009
    • It is good to be able to go backand read especially as spring nears

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      Waxwing wrote Feb 23, 2009
    • With all due respect, all this talk about going back to value from designers, it is a little silly because the only thing that is really changing is the designs. What magazines are calling “inconspicuous designs” - in other words, still very expensive but less flashy.

      I just read an article on Tory Burch in More about how she started designing to bring good clothing to women at “reasonable” prices - yet those prices are $395 for shoes, $400 for a tunic, etc. Yet these “reasonably” priced items ( pants, shoes, a tunic ) add up to almost a week’s salary for the average family of four. That doesn’t even include underwear !!! Not too reasonable in my opinion.

      I just shake my head..........

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