Even though we’re only half way through the first month of autumn, we’re already yearning after a few stunning fashion looks from the Spring/Summer ’12 shows. The trends may not have been revolutionary, but, so far they’re looking pretty noteworthy. The runways spoke of preppy basics, tomboy classics, the ever popular vintage inspiration, and lots of colours, prints and patterns. We’ve gathered the top 10 trends from the initial inklings of fashion week that can be experimented with right now.
Orange seems to be an enduring staple on the runways, cropping up in some form or another. This edition is brighter, bolder and ten times as luscious. Pair fluorescent orange dresses with nude accessories to tone down the look slightly.
Most designers this season featured a little white dress in their collection, with the likes of Cushnie Et Ochs featuring them heavily amongst sherbet hues. Whether adorned with lace or embellished Peter Pan collars, the LWD looks clean and refreshing…but be warned if coveting this trend in winter (for obvious reasons).
This season’s opulent jewel colours maintain their success in time for the next one. Spring/Summer 2012 will see these lavish palettes revitalised with defined tailoring and gliding cuts. Think less velvet and more satin and tulle.
Wear ability rules
Good news for those looking for a less complicated style of dress, next season strikes a bond with the more wearable outfit. Swing jackets, short skirts, and shapely silhouettes were all seen at Paul Costelloe where the mood was more practical and convincing than cutting edge.
Clash upon clash
For the bold among us. Those who love their bright colours, polka dots, metallic’s, and neon’s should have fun with this contradictory trend.
Ice cream colours
Pastel day dresses, silk shirt dresses featuring dainty sweet prints. All over feminine shapes, with a pale palette that somehow avoids looking too cutesy. A real treat for the girly-girl.
New York brought the revival of the short suit, featured favourably in prints, bright orange and classic black. Caroline Charles designed longer versions in ivory and nautical navy. Pronounced collars and skirts were also popular… and a look perfectly simple to replicate.
Knit dresses have been transformed into bodycon styles in loose and patchwork knit. Jumper dresses that fit in all the right places but still have the luxury and warmth needed for winter.
Mesh in particular is making a revival in the form of relaxed tops, bodycon dresses and casual jackets. Even the laid-back hoody has had a makeover, whether paired with a blazer or inspired by the versatile parka, next seasons hoodies are more slim line than bulky.
This style has been admired for a few seasons, but will be dominant next spring intermixed with strong prints and daring colours. The allure of the shoulder lives on.