Sunday, May 3, 2009

My Spring 2009 RTW Runway Faves

Spring is here! I'm sure for so many of you, spring has already begun, but here in Seattle, spring seems to be coming and going this year - one day is 70 degrees and sunny and the next is overcast with clouds and loads of rain. For the first time this spring, I was able to wear sandals - YAY! And I hope more of those days keep coming our way!

So, as per my previous posting a little bit back, here are some of my favorites from the Spring 2009 RTW runway's. There's so many beautiful color stories and patterns! These shows truly do inspire me and get my heart racing. It's so inspiring to me to see what fresh ideas come off the runways. Some of my favorite runways are always Anna Sui, Etro, Emilio Pucci, Missoni, and Matthew Williamson because each season they deliver such beautiful print stories. I got all these images from Check out the shows in more detail and other designers I haven't listed here, and be prepared to be inspired.

So here we go!

ETRO: This show is by far my absolute favorite. The beautiful and intricately drawn paisley's, as well as the placement of them is stunning. I especially love the softness of the color stories, the sheer billowing fabrics, and the loose styling. This show definitely looks very ethno-romantic.

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON: The prints here are absolutely amazing! I love the techno/romantic/hippie vibe. The ombre in the prints and the overlapping of the printed elements are stunning.
ANNA SUI: This spring collection is bubbling over with such beautiful saturated colors. I love the earthiness mixed with the prettiness of the prints, fabrics and styling. The folk inspired prints look fresh mixed in with traditional elements such as plaid, stripes and ditsy florals.

MARNI: The '50s bubblegum palette mixed with hits of brights and off-beat neutrals really make the modern geometrics and prints from Marni outshine the rest. I love all the print mixing and layering of color!
EMILIO PUCCI: Talk about a new take on geometrics! I absolutely LOVE the patchwork quality of the geometric in the first maxi dress, as well as the kaleidoscope geometric of the last dress. Below are a few of my favorites from different runway collections...

From Left to Right: Erin Fetherston-this is my all time favorite image. The soft colored ombre is absolutely beautiful...and my favorite part of this image is that the girl's skin lookes sun burnt in an ombre pattern. Very creative! Missoni: This geometric is so unique and stunning. The cubism quality mixed with the ombred colors within the pattern make such a hard-edged geometric very soft and pretty. Burberry Prorsom: This runway show was very urban and earthy with the drenched looking colors diffusing together. Junya Watanabe: A new way to use batik and woodblock prints! This collection was very Africana meets Americana/farm country with all of the haystack & wildflower head-dresses and batik prints mixed with gingham and denim. Diane von Furstenberg: The sheer fabrics and vibrant color really makes for a new, feminine tropical feel. Very glamorous flower-child! Alexander McQueen: The patterns in this collection are like no other! Crystals, wood and nature elements collide together to create stunning digital prints. The models looked other-worldly and wood-nymph like.

And there you have it! I hope some of these prints really inspired you and led you to to check out further collections. I always love seeing what the fashion designers are up to in the world of print, as it takes us leaps forward into new and exciting directions.


  1. AnonymousMay 03, 2009

    Thanks for sharing. The designs are very inspiring especially the colour palettes. Fashion trends spill over into our lives in so many ways.

  2. What a great post! I'm totally inspired!

  3. I love all the bright, happy colors - nothing drab here. And the patterns, wonderful! I'm glad to see pattern mixing is still on the runways!

  4. Yay! I'm glad you guys find this post of runway prints inspiring!! I couldn't be more excited about where print is heading in the next year. I agree with you Melanie that the print mixing is wonderful!!


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