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Edited by on January 5 2010 at 9:37 AM

Spring Ahead: Trends for 2010

If you are over winter and already looking forward to all the things that spring and summer bring, then get started with these three trends for the warmer months of this new year.

A drastic change from the bright and often neon colors that we saw this time last year, neutrals ran the runways. Designers like Erin Fetherston and Nina Ricci used a very soft color palette throughout their collections, so expect to see these simple colors around for awhile this year.

Spring Ahead: Trends for 2010

Max Azria’s and Marc Jacobs’ collections for the spring both incorporated cut-out designs. This peek-a-boo trend gives a very subtle sexy feel to an outfit. It also leaves room for a great layering effect when these cut-outs are worn above other pieces.

Spring Ahead: Trends for 2010

From brightly colored to more natural—feathers were seen in many designers’ collections. Chris Benz had a few pieces that featured multicolored feathers, while Chado Ralph Rucci used the feathers in a more elegant shade. Feathers can give a great and playful texture to an outfit. They can also be used to make a statement, like Chris Benz’ feather skirt seen here

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Story by Missa Stumpf, TrendSpotter/ Designer

Missa is a young fashion enthusiast and designer. She has designed for Disney singers Aly and AJ of the duo 78Violet, as well as Canadian songstress Skye Sweetnam. On her website, www.missabydesign.com, you can find her DIY fashion videos, along with weekly celebrity-inspired outfits.