Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Trend-spotting for Fall: Asymmetrical Dresses

Asymmetrical gowns were a big hit on the Fall runways, but the asymmetry didn't stop there. One-shouldered bodices, uneven skirts, and topsy turvy necklines were also out in full force. Check it out below.

Carlos Miele, Jill Stuart, Jill Stuart

Alexander Wang, Lela Rose, Elise Overland

Lanvin, Pucci, Proenza Schouler

Marchesa, Rodarte, Marc by Marc Jacobs

Cynthia Steffe, Acne, Erin Fetherston

Asymmetrical dresses doesn't mean that the traditional one-shouldered options are the only way to where this trend (althought those were all over Erin Fetherston, Marchesa, Lanvin, Elise Overland, and Jill Stuart). Mix it up with one sleeve, like at Acne Carlos Miele, and Rodarte, or try two different types of sleeves/straps on the same dress, like at Cynthia Steffe, Marc by Marc, Pucci, and Alexander Wang, or two different straps on the same side like at Lela Rose. Also popular were the half-gown type skirts, seen at Balmain and Jill Stuart, where the skirt is mini length in the front and knee-length or longer in the back--very simple, but very dramatic. This isn't the most traditional or classic look (I wouldn't recommend a one-shouldered wedding dress) but it's a great wardrobe staple to full out for formal events, cocktail parties, prom, etc, because it's young and fun without being over-the-top.

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