Spring Trend Report - 2012
February 15, 2012
I would like to take a look at spring trends for 2012 and relate them to ''real'' life dressing. With that challenge in mind, I am only going to choose the trends that actually can be translated into a wardrobe that I could wear to most occasions in my life - work, shopping, dinner out. I think that will translate for most of you as well. Let's get started!
Changes of season always means new color trends. This season is no exception, and they are pretty clear cut. We will look at the trends of ivory laced with black, pastels, and brights. Ivory outfits laced in black pair nicely with the Art Deco/1920's trend in clothing this spring. There should be a shade between cool ivory and warm ecru that will suit almost any complextion. An ivory blouse might have black buttons and a collar piped in black. You could pair a black jacket with an ivory dress for a night out. Dreamy ice cream pastels are paired with floral prints this season. There's also a little shimmer involved. Ralph Lauren's spring collection embraced all of these trends. So if you like a lighter shade of pale, this trend is for you. Lastly, juicy hot colors temper all the fragile pale colors this season, especially with designers like Donna Karan.
Pattern mixing has been a trend over the past couple of years. Patterns have de-coupled from each other this season, and it's just one big bold print that has predominace as the trend of the season. Designers like Dries Van Noten have taken whole city nightscapes and interpreted them into large abstract prints to be worn as dresses or very full pants. It's all about showing the large scale of a single print on a garment.
Next week, I will match up some patterns we carry with some of our fabrics to interpret some of my favorite outfits from the spring 2012 runways.
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