Denim, white and black, stripes, sixties, below-the-knee hemlines- these are just some the trends that emerged last week from the Spring 2012 runway shows at New York Fashion Week. Though summer 2012 may just be waving goodbye to us and fall 2012 is barely on our radar, fashion is always ten steps ahead and in this case, the shows in New York brought some unexpected trends we can look forward to dipping into in a few seasons. We’ve decoded the trends and highlights, with tips on how to be ahead of the fashion curve starting right now.
Colour Me Chic
The emerging trends in colour for next spring are clearly a bit more dramatic than this past spring’s candy hued palette. While we told you Pantone named Monaco Blue the colour of next spring, the hues that really made our eyes pop on runways were a little less saturated with pops of punch here and there. That’s due to the throngs of monochromatic white and black looks we saw at Alexander Wang, DKNY and Rachel Zoe. The crisp, clean black and white solids took off and stood out in contrast to 2012′s overwhelming digital prints and florals. We say, hang on to pieces in leather and sheer silk in black and white- you’ll be sure to inject them into modern looks next spring.
Well, it’s apparent. Tougher fabrics like denim and leather are going to be done in cool new ways for spring 2012, while softer, flowy looks are sparse. Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger concentrated on the blue jean baby blues in head-to-toe chambray and denim looks, while (again, our favourite collection of the week) Alexander Wang’s leather was so futuristic it made us want the year to fly by. Tip: Hang on your denim shirts and leather shorts and skirts- they’ll still work next year.
Tropical, abstract and digital prints were hits this past spring, paired together for mixed-print looks and in bloom with bold colour. This time around, New York gave us stripes and lines- lots of them. Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Rag & Bone were just a few of the designers who struck a chord with stripes in graphic styles and tiny to huge proportions. Not nautical, but hard-hitting and modern, these stripes beckon to us. We recommend hanging on to all of your striped, liner pieces for a while.
Each season seems to nod to a mixture of retro and modern, and this fashion week was no different. The era that seemed to be on designers’ radars for fashion and beauty looks was the sixties. Mod Edie Sedgewick inspired looks popped at Marc Jacobs, while Michael Kors and Rebecca Minkoff had different interpretations. You will be able to work the sixties look in your own way next spring with these designers’ influences, but our one tip is to practice that winged eyeliner and hair teasing.
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