In the Fall/Winter 2009/10 runway collections it was all about textures. The use of feathers, sequins, fur and velvets were used to create collections that are meant to make the consumer feel good!
The trends for this season range from Roaring 40’s to 80’s Party. Each trend incorporated the use of textures to create pieces that were special. Not necessarily something the consumer needs but more about something they want.
The most innovative use of textures came from using feathers and sequins. These fabrics are not new but in Fall 09 designers began to use them in a new way to create looks that will be remembered for a lifetime.
Feathers: The use of feathers can be seen in many runway collections from Fall 2009 but the best use of it came from Givenchy. In some of the most memorable looks from the collection, Riccardo Tisci used ostrich feathers to create a feminine touch to his interpretation of the 40’s power suit and a sash of ostrich feathers to create edge and interest to a plain white t-shirt. Feathers such as ostrich, hackle, and peacock are great to use as an alternative to fur. They are just as luxurious and are fairly easy to work with when purchasing them already attached to a bias. It is a simple way to add glamour and interest to any look.
Sequins: The use of sequins has been present in the past few seasons. Sequins are great to add a touch of glamour to any silhouette. This season the use of sequins evolved from the mini-dress and into many different forms. The most surprising and innovative use of sequins came from the Balenciaga Fall/Winter 09 collection. Nicholas Ghesquière used a leopard print season fabric in a silhouette that resembles the wrap dress. The cut has proven to be flattering on almost any figure and leopard print is a classic that keeps on being reinvented every season. Working with a sequin fabric is not the easiest. You must be very careful since good sequin fabrics usually have such delicate embroidery but if you use sequins it is sure to make any outfit pop.