So far I have shared the trends I identified based on color (sorbet, yellows, greige and chambray), and by prints (cut outs, safari, bold florals) and now we’re in the home stretch, the last set of trends based on the items that will be must have for Spring 2012.
As a shopper these might be the easiest to aspire to owning and achieving. If the market picks up on these trends you’ll be able to find all of these pieces at a variety of prices, which will make shopping a breeze.
With this set, like the previous two, all of the trends had to appear at least three times, and often they appeared more than that.
Let’s get started, I think you’ll love them (or at least one of them!)
Gym Class Hero: This might be the easiest trend of all to pull off, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Several designers sent looks down the runway that were influenced if not down right inspired by gym class, if your P.E. teacher was Anna Wintour… If this is the trend for you keep it streamlined and focus on details: an unexpected hoodie, zipper details, jersey and nylon fabrics, and racerback tops.
Trail Blazer: For the last few years everyone from Kate Moss to Kate Middleton has sported some variation of the schoolboy (a slightly too small) blazer to the boyfriend (a slightly too large) blazer. The trend from the Spring 2012 runway is look is a bit more mature, and I have termed it as dad’s blazer. It is completely over sized, has masculine structuring and detailing, and reminds me of the look when a dad offers his suit jacket to his daughter to keep her warm. I am completely into the look and how it translates from runway to real life with ease.
Jumpsuit Fever: Several looks on the Spring 2012 runways were inspired by a very specific fashion moment in time, and the abundance of fit and flared jumpsuits is no different. Highly reminiscent of the 1970’s, but with a twist from an earlier era of the 1920’s, the standard jumpsuit looks more polished in flowing silks, deep deco necklines, slim waists and wide legs.
1920’s Nightgown: The Spring 2012 runways featured lots of looks that could have been borrowed from a very highly edited boudoir. This look features perfect knife pleating, sheer panels, soft whispers of color, flowing chiffon, delicate beading. The look is delicate, refined and secretly an alluring throw back to the 1920’s bedroom dressing.
Modern Marilyn: In fashion there are iconic women, and then there are iconic dresses, few dresses are more iconic than Marilyn Monroe’s knife pleated white halter dress from the Seven-Year Itch. The Spring 2012 runways featured dresses that were clearly inspired by the icon. The halter, the open back, bare arms, plunging neckline are made modern by new silhouettes and fresh detailing at the waist. This may be the foreshadowing of the perfect spring time dress.
Lady Who Lunches: Some people say you’re either a Marilyn, or a Jackie. If you’re the former, see above, if you’re the latter let’s continue. The Spring 2012 look has taken the ladylike suit, all prim and proper and made it pop. In these styles it doesn’t feel costume and it is not primed for next season’s Mad Men, it feels fresh. The slim silhouettes, the modern details, the bold colors, all fabulous. And for the lady who lunches, this look is all business.
Simply Bold: I have always been a jeans and a t-shirt girl, and so something about the look of a top that is naturally a match with jeans being paired with an evening worthy bottom, just delights me. This look was seen on a few runways for Spring 2012 and I love it. It’s not going to be easy to wear, and rarely will you have an occasion for a large shimmering tent of a ballgown skirt, but it should make you consider the concept of a simple top paired with a dramatic bottom for spring, or all year long.
Colors, patterns, prints, and fabulous pieces round out the favorite trends from the Spring 2012 runways.
Which of these trends are your favorites?