Butterfly motif: Spring/Summer 2009 Fashion Trend

While stars were 2008′s motif of choice, 2009 brings a new emblem into our wardrobes: the butterfly.

Butterflies: Spring/Summer 2009 TrendButterfly motif in Diane von Furstenberg, Badgley Mischka, Collette Dinnigan, and Tibi.

Butterflies can symbolise many things – from the hope of resurrection, to the reminder of the ephemerality of life. We suppose that as a Spring/Summer 2009 trend though, it’s best to view them as a symbol of beauty, femininity, and the ability to be ever-changing.

Who designed it

Collette Dinnigan’s collection was littered with flowing, gently ruffled pieces in lilac butterfly prints, while the butterfly motif in Tibi’s collection were a perfect compliment to the cocoon skirts and oriental collars. Diane von Furstenberg and Badgley Mischka also used butterfly themes in their Spring/Summer collections.

How to wear it

Exactly as per our advice about the star trend: avoid the kitchy. If you decide to dabble in butterflies in the coming warmer seasons, ensure they remain delicate, elegant and sophisticated; feminine but not too girly.

Fashion Trends 2009

Stay ahead of the fashion, hair, and beauty trends with Fashionising.com‚Äôs constantly updated 2009 Fashion Trends guide. And don’t forget to also check out what’s hot for the rest of 2008, with our 2008 fashion trends guide!

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.