I am a little late this season to write about the trends. But I haven’t had the time.
The excuses are over, so here goes…
The past year has been a year full of surprises, shocks and massive changes. There has been a Royal Wedding watched by millions of people across the world on TV, a massive earthquake in Japan, The Jasmine Revolution popularly known as ‘Arab Spring’ in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and others, Death of Laden, and the death of the Apple Mastermind Steve Jobs. The European market is still struggling to cope up with the financial inconsistency.
But, this year has started to look better than the last for most of the world. Makes the color palettes more fun, I say!!!
Prints are making a huge come back this season whether it is the Checkerboard print (Christian Dior, Marios Schwab) or the Animal prints. This season there are big floral as well as geometrical patterns in vogue, And in vivid jewel colors too (Haider Ackermann)!! Paisleys are also in, but those which make a bold statement, complex printing techniques are in play for these prints. Colored vibrant prints are going to be the vogue by quite a few designers - Christopher Kane, Rodarte, Mary Katrantzou, Dries Van Noten, Clements Ribiero, DKNY.
The strongest trend this season will be the Pastel Shades ruling the roost. Designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, and John Galliano, all have played with Pastel Shades in their SS 2012 Collections in soft and delicate, flowing, feminine dresses in sheer and Silk, blouses and tunics. Pastels are also big this season in terms of Shades for Makeup.
For those despairing over the lack of Fun this season, Spring Summer 2012 has a lot to offer. Electric oranges, bright greens and royal blues have been extensively used in the Seasons Sportswear collections by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and well ‘Posh Spice’ Victoria Beckham.
For those still not satisfied with the Mildness this season, jewel colours and Shiny fabrics are the way to go. The loud bright colors come along with a hue of citrus all around. Whether it be Lime Green or Bright lemony yellow, the look was brought to the ramp by Nicole Farhi, Mulberry, Reed Krakoff. Marigold and orange are also popular colors to brighten up the wardrobe.
Absolute Black and White, Vivid and bright shades of Ink Blue, Grass Green, Pastel Shades
Lace and crochets are absolute hits these season, and the finer they are, the better. Laces have seen a comeback in Tops by top designers like Valentino, Louis Vuitton among others. Super-thin silks, Soft Silks, exceptionally fine micron wools, exquisite cottons and linen, Crepe spun yarns. We see a rise in the use of Performance materials: Stretch obtained without Lycra. Detailed knits, absorbent fabrics, and the use of performance yarns, instead of Finishes. Cotton Blends for jerseys for everyday material. And this season also sees sequins making a round in soft hues and tone on tone
A blend of Prints, Textures and embellishments has given way to the tribal look. Teamed with obi Belts, Big beaded accessories and handbags the look has been all about geometric patterns and animal prints in vivid colors, or contrasts of Black and white. The prints being big this season also adds a dash of loudness to this trend. Donna Karan, Burberry Prorsum, Matthew Williamson were among the few designers who have ventured on the ramp with this look this season.
With Baz Luhrmann's romantic movie Great Gatsby hitting cinema screens in 2012, the Twenties look has come flooding back with Gucci setting the trend in motion in deco flapper dresses. The Great Gatsby look of Drop-waist designs, geometric shapes and delicate beaded embellishments has inspired the likes of Ralph Lauren, Cavalli and Etro in their formal fashion collection for the summer events. Just enough to add the 20’s chic and sophistication to your wardrobes
Skirts are getting shorter, whether it be flared skirt or a peasant style Maxi and this spring they are here to stay. A huge trend for mid riff baring has been seen this season on the ramp. Time to work out those Abs I suppose.
The Chanel-inspired box jacket. They are not really winter material, if you had just started wondering. The stylish cropped tops, with a contrast trim, can smarten up any office outfit and can be worn in the classic navy and a white combination. They can be thrown over the citrus or pastel dresses that are going to be so in vogue this season
The roaring Twenties, 70’s Glam, preppy with soft neutral tones, Floral Prints and animal prints, vertical and horizontal stripes, the casual: loose fit tops and flared pants. One shoulder look, soft Layers and veils, are also in.
for previous years Trends click SS 2011
for Reading the interview with Fashion Stylist for 2012 Trend Forecast