From flirty pleats to crochet chic, here are our top 10 fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2012.
Text: Anthony Mirtopolous; Editor: Denis Desro
From left to right: Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2012; Erdem S/S 2012; Christopher Kane S/S 2012
Pretty is as pretty does. Spring fashion is all about the optimistic spirit of the ’50s and ’60s, with impeccably polished feminine styles that look oh so chic—straight out of an episode of Mad Men.
Key pieces Skirts, from full, pleated and past the knee at Prada to longer-lined pencil at Aquilano.Rimondi; demure, fit-and-flare dresses at Erdem; and print T-shirt and short sets at Christopher Kane.
Favourite collections Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Jil Sander and Erdem.
From left to right: Givenchy S/S 2012; Céline S/S 2012; Aquilano.Rimondi S/S 2012
Short- or long-sleeved, tucked in or left out, layered or on its own, the classic shirt—this season’s must—has been transformed into everything from a basic button-down staple to an austere, form-fitting shirtdress.
Key pieces The shirtdress, either belted at Céline or tailored at Jil Sander.
Accessories Buttoned-up-to-the-neck styling creates a sleek, spartan look, so avoid flashy extras. But do cinch your waist with a belt, carry a leather envelope bag and finish it off with strappy sandals.
Favourite collections Céline, Aquilano.Rimondi and Dries Van Noten.
From left to right: Louis Vuitton S/S 2012; D&G S/S 2012; Lanvin S/S 2012
Spring’s top colour spins the happy wheel in every shade: highlighter and saffron at Sonia Rykiel, butter and jonquil at Marc Jacobs and Hussein Chalayan, mustard at Burberry Prorsum, sunflower at Louis Vuitton and lemon at Donna Karan. Dare you not to smile!
Key pieces The yellow openwork coat with contrasting lacy Peter Pan collar at Louis Vuitton and the asymmetrical satin dress with pinned pleats at Lanvin.
Accessories Tan-coloured extras look best with these shades of sunshine for a cool, balanced style.
Favourite collections Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, D&G and Versace.
From left to right: Donna Karan S/S 2012; Stella McCartney S/S 2012; Alexander Wang S/S 2012
Maybe it’s the upcoming Olympics in London, but designers definitely got their game on by working athletic references—perforated mesh, drawstring details, hooded anoraks and track pants—with volume-focused tailoring for movement on and off the courts.
Key pieces The high-waisted pants with orange tuxedo stripes at Gucci and the sexy race-car intarsia knits in yellow, white and red at Alexander Wang.
Accessories Wear large-framed glasses in techno colours, cover up in an oversized, lightweight bomber jacket and, for the girl who wants to take it all with her, don’t forget the gym bag or backpack.
Favourite collections Michael Kors, Alexander Wang and Stella McCartney.
We've curated three more trends you must try for Spring 2012, on the next page...