Fashion trends AW 2012 - 2013

So Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL, the petrol prices have again gone up, the dollar has risen against the rupee among many other tragedies. To top it all three of my favourite female voices have now faded to oblivion, Whitney Houston, the fabulous blues singer Etta James and disco queen Donna Summers… But there has been a lot to look forward to in this year. It seems that the world is not ending after all. Since the Mayans forgot to add a day to the leap years. Chelsea finally won the champions league, and the euro and the Olympics are up later this year, and it seems that the brightness in the fashion industry last spring is setting in slowly and steadily into the psyche. The world economy is still suffering from last year’s tardiness, but still things are looking better.

The Indian fashion Industry is doing well, with several new fashion weeks starting up in the smaller cities, I personally feel it will be a boost to the industry in more areas than just the metropolis of India. 

The Prints
Prada Backstage AW 2012
The 60s repeat prints, and modern geometrical prints make an impression on runways across the board. Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Prada, Versus, Antonio Marras, DSquared2. The ramp was full of it and not many designers have refrained from using the geometric prints in addition to Ombre striped effects, Houndstooth pattern mixes of Diagonal and horizontal prints. There are also overprint effects and integration of vertical and horizontal stripes.

Dark ground use and in high contrasts. This season will also see romantic floral prints in blues and purples. Large graphic symbol & icon use, cut and paste pattern also in typography styles a heavy influence of oriental motifs and Ornate dragon and bird motif use

The Colors

Monochromes seem to be the thing both in Milan and Paris. Black and white have been the rage with Fendi, Louis Gray, Just Cavalli, Versace, Mulberry, Angelo Marani, Clements Rebeiro, have played with monochromes with either contrasting black and whites or layered greys with pattern clashes of black and white. The stripes and the checks continue to be used from last season in monochromes. What I thought would never happen has taken on the ramp this season. ‘Velvet Prints’ in bright colors on the rich fabric was brought on by the likes of Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Emporio Armani.

Galliano in his ornate best AW2012 
Evidently, like the spring summer collections of 2012, the use of jewel colors continues, even though the colors have become more deep and richer to hold fast to the mood of the fall. Yves Saint Laurent, Diane von Furstenberg, Prada, Versace, Ralph Lauren have all taken to jewel tones this fall. Even the influence of citrus (more to the shades of red this season though) has stayed for the fall from the Spring summer season. Versace, Moschino, Jil Sander, Marni, Giorgio Armani, Issa, Jonathan Saunders.

There is a show of floral motifs in plues, purples, lilacs violent violets and dark mint colour hues by Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Des Garcon, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci

This fall Oriental motifs were also seen in brocaded silks, dragons in rich warm hues of yellow, and reds, which was a strong contrast to graphic prints, collages of big modern art motifs on fabric. 

Gold and metallic finishes in all forms, metallic and burnished gold, elaborate embellishment studded pearls, pearlescent shades in velvet as well. Galliano,  Blumarine, Pucci, Versace, Blumarine, Dolce & Gabbana, 

The Fabrics

Velvets, Lace, glistening brocades, brocade silks, cross stitch and Tapestry work have all found a presence in the international fashion weeks for the Autumn/ Winter 2012 shows in Milan, Paris and London Fashion Week. Marios Shwab, Mulberry, McQueen, TopShop, etc. 

Fur and Animal prints, in an eclectic combination of colors, styles, in accessories as well as clothing; by Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Alberta Ferretti, Antonio Berardi, Roksanda Ilincic, Meadham Kirchhoff etc. 

Sheers in panels for High fashion dresses and skirts in layers or not, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Alberta Ferretti

The Looks 

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Gothic look is in again this fall winter, with rich reds and classic lace work and sheer fabrics and printed velvet, in rich colors, Tapestry work, with ornate work and volumes adding to that look. Alexander McQueen, Versace, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta.

Roll over collars and the Layered look may make you look heavier, but the trend is here to stay. Confirmed by the likes of Peter Pillodo, Christopher Bailey, JW Anderson, Marios Shwab, Pringle, Mary Katrantzou, Gucci.
This fall the military look and army silhouettes are set to make a come back this season. Alec, McQueen,  Peter Jenson. 

So Cadets...!!! Stock up.
and make the most of the glamour this fall...

For Spring summer 2012’s Trends Click SS 2012
For previous year’s Trends click SS 2011
for Reading the interview with Fashion Stylist for 2012 Trend Forecast
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