Fairy-tale Romance: Spring/Summer 2009 Trend

Flouncing ruffles, rosette clusters, and delicate capelets. Moving away from the sleek and sexy, some designers topped off their Spring/Summer 2009 runway shows with the ultimate in romantic gowns; making the fairy-tale dress somewhat of a 2009 fashion trend.

Romantic Fairy-tale Dress Runway TrendFairytale dresses by Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Nina Ricci, and Dolce & Gabbana, Spring/Summer 2009.

Who designed it

Nina Ricci was definitely the leader in this trend on the Spring/Summer 2009 runways – her sweeping trains, puffed sleeves, and delicate detailing made for the most romantic and ethereal designs. Also look to Roberto Cavalli and Chanel for more shining examples.

Trend status

Ok, so we’re not really expecting many people to head down to their local Starbucks dressed like Cinderella. For the better part, this trend will most likely be reflected on red carpets, and in editorial shoots.

How to wear it

That said, you can certainly indulge in this trend as evening wear and for special occasions. For an every-day take, select an element of the trend and mix it in with your existing wardrobe. Rock up a romantic puff-sleeved capelet by pairing it with ripped denim and super-high heels; or play down a full, ruffled skirt with a simple tee or singlet.

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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.