A Season to Celebrate

Fashion designers expressed unanimously on the runways their certainty that, come fall, women will be ready to celebrate fashion with optimism. After seasons of restraint that echoed the recession-plagued society at large, designers cut loose with clothes that firmly declare confidence in a brighter future. Taking a cue from economists, who predict the country will be on firmer financial ground come the end of the year, fashion houses focused on trends that were rich and celebratory—but stated with elegance rather than garish flamboyance. From sparkling embellishment, to fine and innovative tailoring, to boxy volume, to golden fabrics, fall 2010 fashion is all about reawakening from a long hibernation.