The ethnic accent If you don’t currently have an ethnic accent, then acquire one before Spring 2008. You’ll need it for the globetrotter look. Watch out for the revival of Asian influences, obi-style belts, Mao collars, dragon prints, calligraphic motifs, kimono tops, caftan coats and cheongsam dresses. Don’t say you weren’t warned! More skin More skin is in and thankfully this time it’s not about mini dresses or cleavage. No, this time it’s abs and what’s featured is short, uber sexy dresses with naughty cut-outs focusing on the midriff and waist areas. Just what I needed to hear. Toga times Last season’s one-shoulder dress has become a toga for 2008. You can be inspired by ancient Rome, following the likes of Lanvin and Hermès with their cinched waist and a hemline just below the knee. It’s back the Hollywood’s golden age glamour. Another thing to watch out for is the teaming of these creations with metallic fabrics and bold colours. Abstract creations Rich colours are appropriated once again from the likes of Rembrandt and Vermeer. This time it’s clear, intense colours with splashes of the old black and phite! Recycled leather Old leather jackets are getting a new lease of life as designer leather handbags. Yes, recycling is all the rage as your crappy jacket becomes chic accessory. Watch out for lots of details, pockets, buttons and seams.