Top fashion trends for 2011

By Karen Flores,

Posted at Jan 07 2011 01:07 PM | Updated as of Jan 08 2011 03:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Bagong taon, bagong buhay -- or new year, new life, as most Filipinos say as they welcome another year.

Fashion is no different. Time to ditch the skinny jeans, raid your mom's closet, and do some shopping, as well-known designer Rajo Laurel and Preview magazine fashion editor Daryl Chang list the "in" cuts, colors and designs for 2011.

"Hide, keep and store your skinny jeans. Wide-leg pants are going to be the key shape for trousers for 2011," Laurel said in an interview on ANC's Headstart.

The color of the year is honeysuckle, a shade between peach and lavender, Laurel said, citing international fashion forecasts.

He notes that this may be a good year for Filipinos as the vibrant color suits our skin tone.

Other must-have shades this year include clover (deep green), amaranth (reddish-rose), amber (orange-yellow), pumpkin (a color that resembles the gourd-like squash), aqua (halfway between green and blue), iceberg (a pale tint of blue) and jade green (same color as the gemstone).

Neutrals -- such as black, white, ecru and navy -- meanwhile, are here to stay.

"The trend always begins with the fabric, which serves as our (designers') canvas. People who produce fabrics internationally dictate the colors," Laurel said.

Designs, cuts

The bigger the print, the better, as these will be the in thing this year, according to Laurel. Think fruity, floral and space prints matched with flats and platforms.

Other top fashion trends for 2011, as mentioned by Chang, include:

Vintage boudoir. High-waist bottoms, covered-all-over body suits -- pin-up style.

Skate skirt. Pleated skirts and flared hip dresses that smack of figure skater inclinations.

Ladylike blouse. Think silks and sheers. Top off a skirt or a pair of trousers with this for instant polish.

Paper cut fringing. Paper shredder leather creates a swingy yet boldly structured version of the omnipresent boho trim.

Pattern splice. Clash print against print by mixing textiles of different design families and contrasting, equally bold color stories.

Aerographic prints. African-inspired prints get a modern spin with digitized versions and print-on-print patchwork.

Dyed fabrics. Tie-dyes grow up with a fiery texture unlike the circular-patterned rainbow splashes of yore.

Refurbished jumpsuits. Patchwork, sleeve cutouts and jewel necklines breathe new life into the Bohemian wardrobe staple.

Thigh splits. Show off the newest erogenous zones with an up-to-there slit that will have you doing high kicks on the style radar.