Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Trend Report

From New York, Milan, Paris and London the verdict is in. Sorbet colors will be in this Spring with low key silhouettes. Don't avoid the floral prints just yet because this season the trend will continue with a lot of color blocking as well. Didn't get to wear your safari prints? No need to worry they will be in trend this season.

Can we say flower power? This Spring flower prints will be in. From Alexander Wang to J Crew to many other designers have incorporated flower designs into their collections.

Get ready to seriously work out those abs this season because designers are all about the bra tops for Spring 2012.

Prada's had amazing crochet looks, while it does show some skin, it's sweet. There's something bohemian about crochet, but somehow designer's like Derek Lam and Diane von Furstenberg found a way to modernize a knit. Kaelen took the look back to its roots in a slouchy dress that will have laid back ladies lining up. No matter how you knit it, crochet is on it's way to full-on Spring trend.

Sheer has often been one of those runway trends that's been difficult to translate into real world style. These look great on the runway, but perhaps not so much at the office. Recently in Milan, designers from Alberta Ferretti to MaxMara and Fendi have taken the crochet pieces and made them into peek-a-boo look, overall, easier to integrate into your wardrobe without playing exhibitionist. This will give you the liberty to show off a little at a time.

Prohibition Era fashion is making a major comeback for Spring 2012. Hats, drop waists and jackets associated with early Coco Chanel and Jean Patou continue, with an emphasis on Gatsby inspirations. In perfect Calvin Klein fashion, Franciso Costa interpreted the trend with attention to easy shapes and light hues. Marc Jacobs wowed with flapper dresses worthy of a modern day Daisy Buchanan, while Ralph Lauren took the most literal approach with drop waist beaded dresses paired with feather cover-ups and pin-striped gangster suits for ladies.

Consider leopard or zebra print a trend this Spring. Safari is making its way down the runway, though, and its graphic print is an easy sell for Spring.

The word for Spring 2012 is, quite literally, the bird. Jill Stuart went pastel and put the avian creature on pajama-inspired wear. As expected, Carolina Herrera took a sophisticated approach on a shirt dress, while the Marc by Marc Jacobs runway showed bright, abstract birds on a frock of the cocktail variety.

Makeup professionals played with old and new trends for Spring 2012. Inspirations boards featured rouge lips and inedible liners done in new ways.

Lipstick’s most iconic color was reinvented this season, proving that there are endless ways to wear a dramatic red. I personally love wearing red rouges. This season Christian Dior, Jason Wu, Yves Saint Laurent and Rick Owens models all wore red lips on the runways.

Winged liner cat eye look is back but this time with and edge and more modern. Dolce & Gabbana lined at Giorgio Armani in the picture above.

It might be the most low-maintenance look of the season. When I saw this look of wet, barely-wrung hair I was hesitant to even consider trying this only because if you apply too much oil to the hair it can look greasy and dirty. Hairstylist Guido championed the trend at numerous shows, saturating strands with argan oil to arrive at a glossy finish all over or just at the roots. This look above was featured at BCBG.

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