Spring 2011 Trend Report: The 10 Trends of the Season

The Spring runways are a foggy memory for many of us as we gleefully anticipate Fall 2011 Fashion Week. But January and February also bring retail seasonal changeover. Racks of new merchandise will roll into stores, so it’s time to reflect on the trends that will rule our lives for the next few months.

From New York to Milan to Paris, designers had like minds on everything from colors (white and, yes, orange) to decades ('70s). Skinny jeans’ reign of terror may finally be coming to an end, as wide legs ruled the runways, at times a hint to the ‘70s (Chris Benz), at others a refreshingly relaxed take on separates (Malandrino).

Florals took a backseat this spring; instead, a mix of prints and patterns paired together for a sometimes eye-catching effect. Stripes also mad a big showing, popping up in sequins (Aquilano.Rimondi), dresses (Jil Sander), and practically an entire collection (Prada).

Sheer, the trend that just will not die, continued on this season, with everything from dresses (Valentino) to tops (everywhere) to even pants. Needless to say, layering is key this spring.

Hemlines reached for the ground, hitting the shins (hello, Hemline Index!). They flared (Derek Lam), were feathered (Prabal Gurung), and were fitted enough to give shape without being pencil (Calvin Klein).

To counterbalance the lack of leg, animal print added necessary va-va-voom on catwalks, whether paired with all white (like at Altuzarra) or wide-leg pants (Ruffian). But the zoological looks weren’t limited to just leopard—python, giraffe, and the entire cat kingdom were represented.

Denim became a major fabric, holding court with linen and cotton. Think denim dresses, tops, blazers—not just jean pants. Céline, Stella McCartney, and Elie Tahari all offered up the once-taboo denim-on-denim look. This worked in well with the '70s vibe, which mixed in Studio 54 disco dollies (Marc Jacobs) with peasant dresses and denim vests (Thakoon).

Eclectic doesn’t begin to sum up our shopping season ahead, but the key thing about spring is that there are options galore. Check out all the runway trends and find out how to wear them now.