Venue magazine

In Venue this week, Rachel Nott asks five local experts what’s hot for 2010. I was honoured to be her fashion expert!

What’s hot fashionwise for 2010 and why?

Spring/Summer 2010 trends fuse to create an ethereal take on seasons past.

The hottest trend is a fairytale wonderland, combining romantic ruffles, lace, ice-cream shades and soft vintage prints. The dominating blacks and embellishments of 2009 have been re-tuned – studs and chains are mixed with softer, draped garments, inspired by classical Rome.

The classics are back as another hot trend. Fashion has heeded our need to spend wisely making this the year of sensible shopping. Trench coats, denim and military jackets are in abundance; perfect for building a long-lasting wardrobe, and adding edge to 2010’s romantic look.

Elements of last season carry through; sequins, one-shoulder numbers, jumpsuits and statement jewellery, all with a softer feel.

What’s totally not hot for 2010, and again, why?

Wave goodbye to killer heels, say hello to happy feet! Shoes are leading the way in fashions more classic, sensible stance.

What are your top 5 wardrobe must-haves (5 each for guys and girls!) for spring/summer?


Denim shirt/jacket.

Statement jewellery for effortless updating.

A pair of nude/tan shoes.

Lace top

Draped dress


Military style jacket

Denim, denim and more denim.

A softly patterned shirt


Some Soft colours

What do you think 2010 will best be remembered for in a fashion sense?

2010 is playing it safe, fusing past trends and re-working the classics. It will be remembered for a more wearable, longer lasting, relaxed take on fashion, reflecting our changing attitudes.

Finally, give me one easy fashion ambition everyone can achieve this year.

Find your creative side and mix and match your wardrobe to the maximum. Create 10 new outfits using only the items you currently have. Shop your wardrobe!

Find out what the other experts had to say on page’s 30-33 in Venue No. 903