From Trends to Tomorrow’s It Girls, We Pave the Way With Our 2010 Predictions

While '09 had some trends that will last through the new year (top-knots, oxfords, and cropped trousers to name a few), we're ditching the past to look ahead to 2010 for what's new, what's hot, and what's going to be on everyone's lips (besides purple gloss) for the next 365 days. So, forget Susan Miller! We're going to test our own soothsaying with a compendium of predictions for the New Year. From a Bauhaus revival to a crop of new It Girls, here's what and who we think will get their moment in the sun this year.
The Fashion:
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Sports References--Mesh and netting, leather-head gear, padded shoulders, lacing details, and trainer-like heels. Traditional Americana sports is here in a big way, and if our boy Alex Wang is leading the charge, you can bet we're following suit.
Turquoise--Pantone announced that 2010 will be the year for turquoise (we called it Aqua back during the shows in September). Expect the cool blue tone to pop up everywhere from chic little jackets to your next evening bag.
Patchwork Denim--We saw them at Chloé's spring 2010 show, and the patchwork jeans from Cheap Monday made the rounds on a few street style blogs.
Bauhaus--Are we witnessing a return to drab-chic demureness? Austere prints and cuts may very well be making a comeback in a '90s Prada kind of way. Get inspired with MoMA's homage to the movement.
Long Skirts--From below-the-knee skirts to sweeping floor-length stunners, we're hoping that the modest silhouette makes a comeback in a big way.
Sheer Shirts--This trend is a few seasons in the works, but we're curious to see how it translates off the runway. To bra, or not to bra?
Clockwise from top left: Alexander Wang Spring 2010 runway, photo via; Topshop Unique Spring 2010 runway, photo via; Derek Lam turquoise bag, photo via; Cheap Monday Spring 2010 runway; Chloé Spring 2010 runway, photo via; MoMA Bauhaus exhibit poster; Kenzo Spring 2010 runway, photo via; Yigal Azrouel Spring 2010 runway, photo via; street style photo by Lianna Tarantin.
The Accessories:
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Clear Lucite Accessories—Wear the chunky, transparent pieces on your wrists and neck, or pick up a shoe with a see-through heel. They may have a bit of a peep-show vibe, but that's why they're so fun!
Whimsical Prints—They popped up on the platform heels at Miu Miu and on the clogs at No. 6. It's the perfect touch of humor that we're pumped about seeing more of.
Lower Heels—Though we're sad to see them go, it may be time to give up your vertiginous heels. Flats, mini platforms, and—alas—even kitten heels may strike footwear gold this year.

Cat Eye Sunglasses
—Retire those Raybans! Retro-riffic cat-eye specs are blogger favorites, and offer a new spin on those big shades that we all love to hide behind.

—Rachel Comey, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel all sent the backless shoe down the runway, and though the cousin-of-the-Croc made us wonder, they definitely reveal a rustic charm we're feeling for the new year.

Patent and Velvet—From ladylike bags to lace-up shoes, expect to see accessories popping up in super-shiny and matte materials.
Above, clockwise from top left: Prada's Lucite Heels, photo via; Miu Miu Spring 2010 runway, photo via; street style photo via Altamira NYC; Giles Spring 2010 runway, photo via; Chanel Spring 2010 runway photo via; Minimarket spring 2010 bag, photo via Fashion Squad.
The Hair and Makeup:
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Thick Braids—Plait your hair, muss it up, and throw it over your shoulder. Finally! Hair styles are throwing a little love to the long-locked sisters! •
Barrettes—Ditch your bobby-pins and reach for statement-making barrettes to clip your hair back with.
Gray Hair—This year might have seen Manic-Panic streaks and two-toned hair hair, we're keeping our fingers crossed for gray locks to blow-up.
Purple and Red Lips—Whether it's a plum, lilac, or a perky heliotrope, purple lips are going to be huge in 2010. We're also predicting that the classic red lip will continue going strong as Mad Men continues to influence trends.
Short Black Hair—Though he eventually slicked them back, Marc Jacobs originally wanted models with a short, raven crop for his spring show, and this year, Agyness Deyn went black as did Irina.
Temporary Tats—What easier way to add a bit of edge to some bare arms then by doodling all over them? Rodarte and Gaultier started a runway trend in September, and we've seen a few club-going ladies take Sharpie to arm as part of their primping.
Japanese Nail Art—Minx nails might have been step one, but steps two (and three, and four!) involve gluing bits and baubles onto your nails in true Nippon fashion.
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Above, clockwise from top left: Alexander Wang Spring 2010 runway, photo via; Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2010 runway, photo via; Dazed & Confused gray editorial; Bottega Veneta Spring 2010 runway, photo via; Agnyness Deyn's dark hair, photo via Times Online; Chanel 2010 Spring runway, photo via
The Models:
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Rasa Zukauskaite—Set to be the new face of Prada's spring '10 campaigns, Rasa's got the jaw-to-floor looks and the versatility to make it big this year.
Ataui Deng—Ataui is supe Alek Wek's niece, and with genes that insane, you bet we're placing our cards on her.
Frida Gustavsson—This leggy Swede has walked for nearly every major designer, and her long and lean looks are perfect for this years' sleek silhouettes. She also has a twitter! Follow her!
Nastya Karzan—With an ice-cold stare and an aura that's nearly vampiric, Nastya killed it last September. We're excited to see where she goes in 2010.
Lindsey Wixson—Lindsey's bee-stung lips, wide eyes, and gap teeth make her an incomparable model. You either love her or not, and we fall into the former camp.
Irina Lazareanu—This catwalk veteran is no newbie, but as the star in Spike Lee's next film, we're expecting this year to be the one where she becomes ubiquitous.
Above, clockwise from top left: Rasa Zukauskaite, photo via; Ataui Deng for The Row, photo via Fashionologie; Frida Gustavsson, photo via Debris Blanc; Nastya Karzan, photo via The Ones 2 Watch; Lindsey Wixson, photo via Community Live Journal; Irina Lazareanu, photo from our story on Model Haircuts.
The It Girls:
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Coco Sumner—Last year was big for Coco, but after her Love cover and album release, we're expecting this little lady to blow up big-time.
Jameela Jamil—Some herald this VJ as the next Alexa Chung, and judging from Jameela's great style and wit, we aren't surprised.
Aurel Schmidt—Mega-babe Aurel Schmidt's been featured in Paper and Purple magazines this year, but we're guessing it's only the beginning of her ascent to the tippy-top of It Girl'dom.
Victoria Legrand—We're suckers for talented she-musicians with great bangs. Our newest obsession? Victoria Legrand of Beach House.
Josephine de la Baum—With downtown-glam good looks (and links to It-Girl-dater Mark Ronson), we're predicting Josephine will be popping up a lot more frequently.
Rachel ChandlerPurple mag contributor, photographer, and sometimes DJ, Rachel is a kind of Jack-of-all-trades we can get behind.
Above, clockwise from top left: Coco Sumner on the cover of Love magazine; Jameela Jamil, photo via Contact Music; Aurel Schmidt, photo via Supreme Being; Victoria Legrand, photo via MySpace/Beach House; Josephine de la Baum with Mark Ronson, photo via Bones + Bows; Rachel Chandler in Muse magazine.
The Designers:
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Tom Ford—After the release of A Single Man, we're expecting a deluge of Tom Ford interviews, exposés, and a celebration of his long career of dressing women.
Katie Gallagher—Besides having impossibly cool style herself, Katie's eponymous line is also full of pieces that are strong, sexy, and utterly beautiful.
Isabel Marant—With a new store opening in Manhattan and her wares for sale at Net-a-Porter, it's going to be easier than ever to dress like the chic Parisian bohème.
Carven—We pegged Guillaume Henry as one of our six designers to watch in October, and we haven't taken our eyes off him since.
Marco de Vincenzo—We've loved each collection this Italian designer has created, and we're keen to see the rest of the world fall in love with him, too.
Opening Ceremony—The store itself has been the impetus for the popularization for tons of brands, but it's about time for the in-house brand to make it big on its own.

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