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10 Fall 2010 Trends From Paris, London, and Milan

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Even if our European counterparts are more known for high concept than practicality, the fall 2010 shows in London, Milan, and Paris unveiled a friendlier face of high fashion. Designers still dared to dream, but silhouettes recalled the heydays of super style (think '70s pantsuits and '90s leather and lace) that are easy to love and, more importantly, easy to wear. As always, the runways gave way to their fair-share of the forgettable, predictable, and unwearable, but that didn't stop us from combing through all the other gorgeousness to find our must-have trends of the moment. In fact, here are 10 that can almost make us wish fall would get here a little quicker.

1. Damask & All-Over Appliqués
Is it more furniture or high fashion? Given we're kind of into it, we'll go with the latter.


Above, from left: Christopher Kane; Clements Ribeiro; Balmain; Marios Schwab.

2. Electric Blue
Cast in opposing tones of deep and bright, the season's electric blue felt modern, young, and insanely cool.


Above, from left: Matthew Williamson, Louise Goldin, Burberry, Sonia Rykiel.

3. '70s Suits
Either with high-waisted trousers or blousey Working Girl neckties, the season's "office" vibe was the perfect balance of masculine and feminine.


Above, from left: Gianfranco Ferre, Akris, Salvatore Ferragamo, Balmain.

4. School-Teacher Skirts
Falling just below the knee and paired with heavy black booties, the new skirt length definitely sheds its matronly MO.


Above, from left: Jonathan Saunders, Nicole Farhi, Jonathan Saunders, Pringle of Scotland.

5. Digital Painting Prints—Swirls of color had a decidedly digital flair thanks to Matthew Williamson, Clements Ribeirio, and Mary Katrantzou .


Above, from left: Matthew Williamson, Clements Ribeiro, Basso & Brooke, Mary Katranzou.

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