The Hot List 2009

Let's face it: 2009 looks a little bleak. Well, it's all the more reason we thought we'd remind you of all the good that can come out of the new year. Whether it's bigger and better places to shop (the new anyone?), cooler girls (we can't wait to see what model and vintage aficionado Ruby Aldridge will do with recession dressing), or the return of old friends (oh Phoebe, how we've missed you!), there's plenty to celebrate and lots to look forward to in the months ahead. So in the name of optimistic guys and gals everywhere, here are some of our biggest pre-obsessions for 2009.
The Trends:
The Finally-Got-It-Right Jumpsuit: After a few seasons of costumey onesies and straight-off-the-construction site jumpers, designers like Alex Wang and Catherine Holstein finally made jumpsuits we know we'll see real people wearing. Above, left: Catherine Holstein spring '09.
The Bra Debate: You'll either go without it or you'll wear it as a top, but either way it'll be an ongoing conversation piece this year. Above, second from left: Louis Vuitton spring '09, photo via Bottom, second from right: Urban Outfitters spring '09.
The Chic Comb-Over: A little weird, a little couture, this new 'do is perfect blending of Alice Dellal's one-sided look and a big messy '80s supermodel style. Above, top, second from right: Natascha Stolle spring '09.
Bright Fuchsia Lips: Consider it the new WWII Red on acid. Above, top right: Badgley Mischka spring '09, photo via
More is More: The complete opposite of the bare-bones trend we also fancy (see below), this complete surrender to excess in accessories just makes us nostalgic for better times. Above, bottom right: Marc Jacobs spring '09, photo via
From hot-pink lips to TopShop and the Cocos, here's 20 reasons to love the new year!

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