It’s that time of year again! The best time of the year to be an Irish dancer – not St. Patrick’s Day, it’s Worlds! With the All-Irelands moving to October, this is one of the first big majors of the 2013 season and you can be sure that dancers and designers will be debuting new steps and new looks.
So, for a bit of fun, here’s what I think we should keep a look out for over the next two weeks. I’ll keep tabs during the week to see how good my predictions were!
1. Updated skirt styles.
The updated tutu is one of the only trends that I can almost guarentee that we will see at Worlds. The structured, light tulle look has been incorporated into dresses from almost every major designer over the past few months. It’s the new alternative to a more structured skirt style, replacing the loose layered tutu look which seems to be fading away. I think skater skirts and tennis panel type skirts are also going to be very popular and are not going anywhere anytime soon. They’re too classic of a look!
2. Unique sequin application
Since sequins have made their return to Irish dance fashion, we’ve seen no end to designers’ creativity with sequin designs. Recent dresses have been continuing that theme with two-toned sequins, gradients and the use of other sequin-esque accents. Keep your eyes pealed for this year’s version of sequins!
3. Clear and bold designs
The assymmetric dress is slowly disappearing and being replaced with a very structured look. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still not right side = left side. But almost all of the new designs are very structured and geometric with an overall design center in the middle of the dress. Think clear cut lines, bold accents, big rhinestone embellishments.
Collars seem to be sticking around and even coming back with more a vengence recently! I love the updated manderin collar, so I’m all for it! Let’s see if this continues next week.
5. 3D accents and designs – cloak, bands
This is the biggest trend to emerge of the last few months. We’ve seen dresses with capes, dresses with 3D bands across the shoulders, and dresses with big 3D embellishments. I’m sure we’ll see more next week at Worlds but the question is really more in what form will we see them? I’m hoping to see the further exploration of the cape concept. I think it has great potential and I can’t wait to see where designer’s take it.
So, we’ve outlawed globes and school symbols. Might as well cross into the last still legal identifier – names and family symbols. There have been several dresses in the past few months featuring personal designs. I love it, but we’ll see what the general public and CLRG think over the next year!
7. Continuation of the Regal Theme
Embellishing a dress in regal colors or ornate accents is continuing this year so far. Let’s see if that trend continues next week or if we take a funkier turn.
7. Return of the three panel?
At the Oireachtas, there were a few modern three panel dresses. I haven’t seen many since, but I’m hoping to see a few pop out at Worlds! A girl can always dream…
1. Bright primary’s
Keeping with the trends of the past year or so, bright colors continue to dominate the dress design scene. There are very few pastel dresses or mid-range color dresses. Everything is bright and bold. That said, because of the bright dominance, someone in a pastel color dress could really stand out so maybe we’ll see that! My hunch is that we’ll continue to see bright dresses, though.
2. Unusual combinations – Pops of Color
Keeping with fashion trends from the general world right now, I think we’ll see a lot of color pops next week at Worlds. I think they’ll also be in combinations we wouldn’t expect – like an emerald with a copper base or this dress that combines gold accents with a bright yellow base. I can’t wait to see what the designers come up with!
3. Leopard Will Not Go Away
Of all the animal prints, leopard continues to stay strong over the cycles of Irish dance fashion. There have been a few updated leopard printed dresses in the past few months so I imagine we’ll see a few more next week. I’m hoping for a leopard printed bodice with red accents. Love that combination!
1. Shorter wigs
Looking around recently, I’ve seen some, shorter full, style wigs rather than the long loose curl wigs. It looks like with all the talk about other hair styles, many dancers are opting for a more classic Shirley Temple/Irish dancer look.
2. Unconventional looks – side wigs, sock buns, etc
On the flip side, there have been plenty of updated hair styles over the past few months. I’m curious to see whether the classic look or the new looks will be more popular at Worlds. My guess is that it will be a combination of both. One of the best looks I’ve seen recently was a simple sock bun paired with a bit of a poofed front. Side wigs continue to pop up and are looking better than ever recently – more like a naturally pulled to the side curly ponytail. I have also seen several side styles done completely naturally that look great. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes out with! It’s definitely an exciting time for Irish dance hair!
What do you think? What are you most excited about for Worlds?
Stay Fashionable, Feisers!