Our style expert and runway watcher Nikki Dhaliwal shares her favourite looks from the Spring/Summer 2010 shows, and why you should be investing in these trends now.

The Spring-Summer collection always brings a smile to my face, after having spent months in drab, dark winter layers and textures. It’s time to invade the wardrobe, bring the summer clothes out and store away any knits. The forecast calls for lots of skin showing, and even shorter hemlines; it just wouldn’t be summer without a bit of flesh exposed! This past season, designers featured military, tribal, sportiness, negligees and powdery hues in their 2010 collections. Here are key highlights from the Paris and Milan shows, and what you should keep an eye out for when updating your Spring-Summer wardrobe.


John Galliano opted for 1940s Hollywood glamour, with seductive satin lingerie, transparency, basques emphasizing the waist, short hemlines and trench coats. (Image Source)










Karl Lagerfeld’s collection for Chanel brought a sense of romanticism in the countryside. Signature short hemline suits and dresses in rustic tweed fabrics and touches of floral detail woven into the lace, ruffles and tweed. (Image Source)









Louis Vuitton

Marc Jacobs infused tribal with a preppy, sixties hippy inspired look. Jacobs shows how to intertwine different themes to combine one look – the ‘globe trotter’. (Image Source)










Alber Albaz is no stranger to elegance and sophistication, and asymmetrical draping, ruching, ruffles was at the forefront of the show. (Image Source)











It is always challenging to follow in the footsteps paved by the great Valentino Garavani. The trademark ‘Valentino red’ was nowhere in sight. Instead the Chiuri and Piccioli duo featured shorter hemlines of ruffles and lace in powdery hues attracting a younger yibe. (Image Source)










The trademark military jackets were given the rock star treatment, featuring leather skinny pants, sequined camouflaged mini dresses, and ripped and studded t shirts. (Image Source)










Featured mannish suits in powdery hues in beige, khaki and white, with splashes of miliarty, safari capes and ponchos. (Image Source)










Miuccia Prada’s Spring-Summer collection featured 1950s cropped shorts and jackets, in the style of beach resort glamour, sporty yet with feminine accents. (Image Source)









Dolce and Gabbana

The collection oozed their signature sensuality and provocative roots in lace, corsets, and fishnets reminiscent of their Sicilian childhood. (Image Source)










Donatella paid homage to the 1980s and 1990s styling of Gianni by featuring graphic prints, vivid pastels, and mini skirts with hints of aluminum fabrics. (Image Source)










Roberto Cavalli

Unlike his statement sex appeal, Cavalli ventured on layering feminine romanticism in sheer floral chiffons and offsetting mannish accents. (Image Source)










Alberta Ferretti

It was no surprise to see chiffons in powdery hues of soft watercolour pastels in Alberta Ferretti’s collection. The array of short and long dresses echoed romanticism and charm in late summer evenings. (Image Source)








Max Mara

Max Mara have shown a softer way to work with the military concept. The trenchcoats, jackets, pants and shirts are modeled in fluid and lighter fabrics in an array of neutral tones. (Image Source)










COLOUR! Tie dye in fluorescent oranges, pinks, and aqua dominated the runway. Anna Molinari’s blueprint was definitely a summer resort look. There were touches of safari and beach mixed with Rasta style camouflage. (Image Source)









Story By: Nikki Dhaliwal