Spring-Summer 2011 trends

It's the beginning of January so it's list & trend time. Who's hot, who's not, what's in what's out. And of course what are the Spring-Summer 2011 trends. ILOVEBELGIUM

Yes, although it's still dark outside and in the mornings the roads can still be slippery, we're already dreaming of airy summer dresses and cute printed tops. The I Love Belgium team listed up the Spring-Summer 2011 trends for you, the overall trend being boldness: don't be afraid to stand out. You've been hiding long enough, the crisis put a weight on your shoulders and it's time to shake it off.

1. Big, bigger, biggest

Boyfriend blazers, sack-like dresses, long flowy skirts,... lose the understatement. It's time for some oversize.

Dries Van Noten has a go at the boyfriend blazer.

Raf Simons did some sack-like (but still feminin) dresses at Jil Sander

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Skirts touching the floor at Haider Ackermann

The boyfriend blazer with a waist at Véronique Leroy

And at Chanel the quilted bag also goes oversize. Not a Belgian brand you say? Chanel accessories have been designed for years by Belgian queen of accessories Laetitia Crahay (who's also creative director of Chanel owned millinery Maison Michel)

2. A whiter shade of pale

All white silhouettes could be seen everywhere on the catwalk. Not so special in an SS season but the women did not look dreamy like walking into a David Hamilton shoot. They were ready to take you on. White warriors. A tid bit of sci fi, but not in an old skool way.

Short jacketed at Ann Demeulemeester

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Tailored at Dries Van Noten

Sleek and artsy at Jil Sander by Raf Simons

Graphic patterns at Peter Pilotto
Trompe l'oeil at Chanel by Laetita Crahay
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3. Glam

Sequins and lamé fabrics are not only for the holidays. There are parties in the Spring and Summer too and we're not afraid to shine and sparkle when we're attending them.
Tailored armor at A.F. Vandevorst

Mother of pearl at Dries Van Noten
Gold lamé at Diane Von Fürstenberg (don't forget that the queen of the wrap-dress was born in Brussels!)

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Also at Dries Van Noten: metallic
Mesh gloves and sparkly gold at Chanel by Laetitia Crahay

4. Color me badd

And we're not talking about pastels. Bolder, bolder boldest. But the colors that are standing out are certainly blue (electric blue, yes!) and orange for the real daredevils.
'Plissé bleu électrique' at Haider Ackermann

Ink blue at Maison Martin Margiela

Shiny but subtle blue at Diane Von Fürstenberg

Long and skinny at Jil Sander by Raf Simons

Girly at Cacharel by Belgian Cédric Charlier

Sheer orange at Véronique Leroy

5. Do the print

Prints are everywhere and in every possible way: big and bold, graphic and floral, subtle and artsy,...
Black and white at Ann Demeulemeester

No prints without Diane Von Fürstenberg who does print on print on print and no, it's not exaggerated

Stripes at Haider Ackermann

Big flowers at Jil Sander by Raf Simons
6. Show some leg
Yes it's oversize and maxi but don't forget to show some leg. It' still summer. How else are we going to get a tan? Although, it will be a little bit weird to have one leg tanned and the other one white as snow.
Cut-outs at Ann Demeulemeester

High splits at A.F. Vandevorst

Trompe l'oeil trousers at Maison Martin Margiela

In the middle at Haider Ackermann

Sheer and subtle at Véronique Leroy

All pictures courtesy of GoRunway.com
Marcus Tondo - A.F. Vandevorst/Véronique Leroy
Yannis Vlamos - Cacharel/Diane Von Fürstenberg/Peter Pilotto/Dries Van Noten
Monica Feudi - Chanel/Jil Sander
Simone Leonardi - Haider Ackermann/Maison MartinMargiela

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