Fall has barely just begun, but all eyes are already on the upcoming Spring season. After all, who can resist the effervescent bursts of colours that Spring hands out each year after months of doom and gloom in winter? We scope out the top trends that rocked the Spring/Summer 2012 runways at the New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, and help you figure out what needs to be in your wardrobe well ahead of everyone else. Final stop: Paris.
Pastels & Muted Tones
Marc Jacobs took everyone’s breath away at the Louis Vuitton show where he showcased elegant ’50s shapes in girly pastel shades, and white feather skirts were dip-dyed in candy colours for a modern edge. At Chanel, Monsieur Lagerfeld opted for a more muted palette with nudes, pale greens and blues that feel like the sea.
Karl Lagerfeld continued to make waves with more vivid ocean-inspired colours: Frocks were dripping with iridescent sequins shimmering in stunning hues of green, purple and blue. The Kaiser used gathered chiffon that’s reminiscent of frothy waves beating at the shore. Even his bags were made to look like coral with intricate beading and tassels. The theme spilled over to the Alexander McQueen show, where the collection totally brought sexy back to the aquatic world.
Still at the Alexander McQueen show, Sarah Burton got her bling on, sending models down the catwalk in midi-dresses with beautifully cinched waists in opulent gold. Even the subtler creamy shades have a glamorous touch with dipped gold hems. Go gold, or go home this season.
Sportswear continues its influence on runways. As long as we don’t see velour trackies, we have no complaints. In Paris, black and white were often used together to create maximum impact. Dresses at Stella McCartney were given a sporty twist with racer backs and breathable mesh panelling, juxtaposed with a feminine edge with swirly, ornate appliquéd hemlines. Other sports-inspired shows included Givenchy and Chloé.
Lace It To Ace It
Who doesn’t love the old-world sexiness that comes with lace? And for that reason, there’s no sign of this trend going out of fashion anytime soon. At Valentino in Paris, for example, delicate, translucent fabrics were covered in bold lace flowers, in vibrant eye-popping shades. We are in love!