Fantasy fashion. Spring 2012 is all about going above and beyond with clothing, from the dynamic silhouettes to the bold and loud prints. This season, fashion is taking us to some fantastic worlds: the deep sea, the height of haute couture, and an island vacation thrown in there too. Just as the weather is heating up, so is style. We’re giving you a two-perspective breakdown of all the best trends for this Spring and Summer.
UNDER THE SEA
Fashion’s favorite designers looked to underwater aquatic life for inspiration this season.
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Daniel says: Not the most wearable trend, but definitely the most exciting—especially for editorial print. The embellishment is what makes this trend stand out. Givenchy’s fishlike sequins were a knockout and the beading on trapeze shaped “anemone dresses” at Alexander McQueen furthered that fantasy feel. The best way to work this into real life is probably in the wetsuit sleekness of Givenchy’s pale pink looks. That, and accessories; look out for shark teeth and iridescent shells to show up on everything from bags to jewelry.
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Iris says: My favorite parts of this trend were at Versace where there were gold studs on almost every single look, especially liked when those studs were in the shape of seahorses and seashells! My favorite dress was Abbey Lee Kershaw’s white studded two tier dress and matching bag. Chanel’s dresses reminded me of fish bones and barnacle crustacean, the pearl accents throughout the collection were flawless.
- Make like a mermaid and sport beachy waves or the editorial wet-look hairstyle that work great for this trend.
- Iridescence is important here. Look for shell-like accessories or even nail polish to get the look.
- Texture is key! Look for fluffy dresses with lots of gathered detailing that create voluminous sea creature-like silhouettes.
- Work in a palette of soft seafoam greens, crystal blues, salmon-y pinks. Mix in some classic white pieces for a fresh Summer look.
LOOK INTO MY CRISTOBAL
The revolutionary body abstracting silhouettes of 1950s and 60s Haute Couture are back and we’re ready to wear.
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Daniel says: This is definitely my favorite trend. In contrast to a focus on embellishment and romance to create drama, this trend is all about shapes, lines, and fabric. The most statement of these collections was Balenciaga’s Darth Vader-esque hats which borrowed from the house’s haute heritage. If looking to the past to know the future is important, the time to embrace that is now.
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Iris says: This trend reminds me of dresses my mom used to wear that I’ve only seen pictures of. I like the 50s/60s couture look because of the stiffer fabrics that show up a lot in this trend. The more structured clothing usually have a prettier shape and hold their silhouette up better, since unlike flowy clothes they don’t get caught up in the wind, haha. Phoebe Philo showed black leather dresses and t-shirts that had the couture silhouette but looked really easy to wear at Céline.
- Balenciaga showed some great high-waisted trousers. Hit your local thrift store for some and pair them with a minimal white top and futuristic accessories.
- Both Comme Des Garcons and Jil Sander focused on the color white. Play the classic couture bride and wear an all-white look.
- Boxy jackets are a must. Find an oversized thick jacket and belt it to give it more volume, an alternative to the peplum silhouette.
- The look works for both masculine styles (Céline’s couture infused menswear pieces) and ladylike styles (Jil Sander’s veiled and booted 50s women).
The previously pedestrian print has made a comeback via New York’s coolest young designers.
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Daniel says: I’m guilty of having worn Hawaiian print shirts in my childhood days, and because of that I was sure that I couldn’t have liked this trend. But honestly, I’ve been converted. The minimal white outfits punched up with Hawaiian print edges and accessories at Altuzarra had me wishing for paradise. Now I just have to get over my disdain for sand.
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Iris says: I’m not really sure if this trend is dope or has no hope. Jokes aside, I think this trend works best when worn with a lot of Hawaiian floral pieces together because then the prints just blend together and look more abstract. Instead of in colors that look like a high school teacher’s Hawaiian shirt they look way cooler in really bold saturated colors or like, at Alexander Wang, in an alternative grayscale with bits of blue.
- Pair with like colors and go bright for the sunny weather.
- Try with simple black or white tailored pieces to update the floral print for 2012.
- This print is perfect for making a statement. Loads of Chictopians have been wearing floral on floral on floral, and it is definitely chic.
- If this floral isn’t doing it for you, another big trend for Spring is the three-dimensional applique floral shown at Louis Vuitton, Prada, and more.
SPRING 2012 TREND RAPID FIRE
These four trends are definitely at the height of fashion for Spring/Summer 2012.
The Midriff He says: The midriff has been on the rise for a few seasons but it has never been as ubiquitous as it is for Spring 2012. Prada showed some bandeau tops and high-waisted straight skirts for a 50s fresh look. My favorite iteration of this look was of the matchy-matchy kind that looked like a dress had been split into a top and skirt. Prada’s other version, shown underneath a coat, gave some interest to a boxy shape.
The Peplum She says: One day I just randomly wanted a peplum and forgot that it was even a trend, haha. I still don’t have one, but I’m still on the lookout! Peplums look great with a heavier fabric because they keep their volume better. I really like how they look with a tighter pant but they would also be pretty paired with an equally poofy skirt for double the volume. The silhouette, a strong part of Tisci’s Givenchy collection, seems to also be extremely popular in the Fall 2012 collections.
The Short He says: Obviously a go-to piece when the weather gets warmer are shorts, but Spring 2012’s style is shorter than ever and higher on the waist. Most of them were incredibly impeccable; comfort with class. Carven showed them with a tailored white short-suit and Balenciaga’s were pleated and voluminous. The new proportion was like a peplum but in a more interesting way.
The Pastels She says: I used to love pastel colors but have fallen out of love with them in the past two years, but this trend really makes me like them more again! I like the new pastels because they are more tailored and simple and aren’t overloaded in details and girly lace. They look best colorblocked or with neutrals like white and light gray.
By Iris & Daniel