Forget the hard-edged glamour of the past few seasons: for Spring '02 designers returned to soft, feminine styles.
Ruffles, long, full skirts, lace and floaty fabrics are key looks.
So are layering, folksy touches (handmade looks, patchwork), tattered or handkerchief hems, beaded, sheer tops and everything denim (still!)
The palette is mostly neutral, with white being key in everything from pantsuits to shoes.
Here are a few looks:
Think hippie luxe: long, flowing layers and exotic touches. BCBG showed ethereal tattered hems; YSL, caftans.
Ruffles, lace and rouching look anything but sugary when worn in a modern way: with sleek pencil skirts or slim boot-cut pants.
Tiered skirts, off-the-shoulder blouses, denim, fringe and rustic leathers are part of this trend. Paired with less-costumey items the look loses some of its Western flavor.
Designers haven't entirely forgotten that we have to still dress for the office. Sharp, tailored pantsuits (especially in white, like the one at right, from BCBG) and crisp jackets with short skirts go to work this spring.