Style Files: April ’10 Women

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With Spring in full swing, the adventurous new styles this season will have heads turning and fashionistas swooning. Read on for the latest, hottest trends burning up designer runways this season!

1) Future warrior. A fierce trend meant to be noticed, the future warrior is a mix of the military, tribal, and futuristic trends all at once, with dresses, tops, suits, shoes and more with a primal, futuristic edge that screams confidence and sex appeal! Look for pieces with the following defining elements:

- Detailing inspired by chain-mail
- Tunics, especially leather ones
- Metal plating
- Tribal-inspired motifs

Pair this tough, warrior-inspired look with feminine pieces – such as a soft, flowy top with a studded belt, studded or metallic detailing on a soft and feminine dress – for a great, contrasting look that mixes sweet and sexy with tough and chic.

Rodarte Spring/Summer 2010

Balmain Spring/Summer 2010

Arden B. Open Weave Fringe Tunic, $54 at Arden B.

2) High dress splits. For a look that screams sexy siren yet shows (relatively) minimal skin, wear a dress with a high split. No need to reach for the micro-mini to show off those gams this season – the high dress splits showing up all over designer runways allows you to show just enough leg to leave their eyes beggin’ for more! ;)

Whether it’s a single side split, center split, or dual side split (with a panel of fabric falling along the middle section) the high dress split is sure to add a jolt of sexiness to any dress or gown. Heels are a must for this trend – flat shoes detract from the sexiness of the high split, and heels also help to elongate the leg, a definite plus when showing off your gams!

Versace Spring/Summer 2010

A gown featuring both the future warrior and high split trends on the Versace Spring/Summer 2010 runway.

3) Jumpsuits and playsuits. Whether you’re going for sexy, dramatic, professional or playful, the jumpsuits popular this season have got you covered. Choose from solid or patterned jumpsuits or playsuits, with lengths that vary from short (playsuit) to knee-length to ankle-length (jumpsuits). Add drama with details such as a plunging neckline, or by pairing yours with statement jewelry.

Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2010.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2010.

Armani Exchange Satin Belted Romper, on sale $96 (regular $120) at Armani Exchange

4) Military fashion. Military fashion has been popular for the past few seasons, and this season is no exception. Designers have found new inspiration for the military trend this season, though, by looking towards recent history for their inspiration; instead of being inspired by military looks of the 18th and 19th centuries (as in seasons past), military looks this Spring have their roots in the 20th century, with army- and aviator-inspired looks finding their way onto many a designer runway.

To rock this trend, look for pieces in army green, navy, or khaki, in shearling fabric, or with “military” details and styling (double-breasted jackets, combat-style boots, bomber jackets, etc.).

Burberry Prorsum Fall/Winter 2010

Fendi Fall/Winter 2010

Giuseppe Zanotti multi-strap heels

Nanette Lepore Overboard Dress, $398 at shopbop.com

5) Hair accessories. With all the attention that your ears, neck, and wrists receive when it comes to accessorizing, give your hair some attention and try out one of the latest hair accessories that are burning up the streets and runways this season that’ll both show off your style savvy and banish bad hair days in the blink of an eye!

a) Bow headbands. Want to show off your playful, feminine side? Try a bow headband this Spring. These are not your Gossip Girl Blair Waldorf-issue headbands, mind you – only for those who love playful fashion with a flirty streak! Wear it with your hair up, down, wavy, straight, or in any way you like – the only rule is to just have fun!

Models backstage and on the runway at Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2010.

Jersey Knit Bow Headband, $4.80 at Forever 21

b) Bunny ears. First appearing on runways and in fashion editorials towards the tail-end of 2009, bunny ears were a small micro-trend that is catching on rapidly among designers. Many designers (including Louis Vuitton and Maison Michel) have included this sexy, vintage-Playboy inspired look in their most recent collections, and daring fashionistas the world over are happily donning the look.

Not for everyone, bunny ears can be worn for a quirky, playful look on a night out, or for a fun daytime rendezvous – whatever your activity, choose an outfit that isn’t too cutesy or girly, but has just the right mix of smolder and sass.

Louis Vuitton Fall ’09/Winter ’10.

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