NEW YORK -- Next spring's fashion trends have been established and they are pretty. That may sound like good news to the average woman, but to the fashionistas trailing the designer shows here and abroad over the past several weeks, pretty is a damning adjective.
What the style mavens want is innovation, edge and shock. What they are getting are replays of the same feminine notes. Those clear notes, however, will make it easy for women to follow fashion into next spring.
These instantly recognizable hits will be available at all price points from designer to discount chains.
Here's an itemized list of what's in store:
One-shoulder treatments. One bared arm hangs out of goddess toga gowns, jersey slinks and even T-shirts.
Posie power. Florals are everywhere from fragile embroideries at Todd Oldham to bold mauve plum blossoms at D&G.
Ruffles. They frame collars, tickle hemlines, bounce on backsides. One of the girlie manifestations of this pretty trend.