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The days of micro minis are over as hemlines continue to drop closer to the ground. We saw the maxi make its return this Fall which was our first hint of new lengths to come.  Louis Vuitton made 1950′s below the knee full skirts for Fall which also encouraged the falling hemlines.

For Spring 2011, hemlines have dramatically dropped creating a NEW LENGTH in skirts, dresses, tunics and jackets.  The tunic returns creating elongated shapes worn over long and languid trousers.  Jackets are oversized and wide in the shoulder with extra length for added drama.  Skirts dominate in maxi versions but the NEW LENGTH is mid-calf to ankle grazing.  Silhouettes from straight to full and voluminous were spotted allowing for a plethera of interpretations.

the new lengths   dresses and skirts 1 SPRING/SUMMER 2011 TOP 10 TRENDS:  #3 NEW LENGTHS   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Ankle grazing skirts and dresses from the Spring 2011 runways of Chloe, Chanel, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, Brioni, Stella McCartney, Peter Pilotto and Rebecca Taylor

Although many maxi versions were seen on the runway, the new length is the MIDI, falling anywhere between mid-calf and the ankle. Long and languid is one of the biggest trends to come out of the Spring 2011 runways.  Skirts and dresses were seen in elegant columnar shapes in both knits and wovens. Straight silhouettes were slim with fluid fabrics. Long, flowing skirts are key for spring seen in voluminous layers with pleating and transparency to give it elegant movement and an ethereal mood. Stella McCartney and Peter Pilotto kept is sexy with high slits while Michael Kors and Calvin Klein kept things minimal and straight.

the new length   jackets 1 SPRING/SUMMER 2011 TOP 10 TRENDS:  #3 NEW LENGTHS   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Long blazers seen on the Spring 2011 runways of Rachel Comey, Preen, Dries Van Noten, Tse, Costume National, Organic by John Patrick and Michael Kors

Skirts and dresses weren’t the only category to see this elongated hemline.  Blazers dominated in this new length continuing the trend of elongated and easy.  Extra-wide padded shoulders provide a borrowed-from-the-boys feel while long and slim versions have a clean, streamlined look.  Most styles are a bit oversized in the body allowing for a sense of ease and a worn-in feel.  Others have more structure and are layered with slim belts for the newest look on wearing blazers.


 SPRING/SUMMER 2011 TOP 10 TRENDS:  #3 NEW LENGTHS   The Sche Report / Margaret Sche

Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2011


  1. keepfeelingjoanna

    i’m loving this length. it’s sophisticated and romantic and the antithesis to all the body-con minis that have been holding court for a while.

  2. Killaman

    Thanks, Nikki. So, now you’ve got me thinking. Here are a few iimdos I’ve idly wondered about. Anyone know the meaning/origin of any of the following?You’re barking up the wrong tree .He’s between a rock and a hard place . Close, but no cigar .That really gets my goat .She’s going to hell in a handbasket .And for goodness sakes: what are bee’s knees ?I’m sure there are many more. Okay folks, let’s have some fun with this.

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