Trending – Spring/Summer 2012/2013

So what’s happening right now you ask…It’s simple.  Think bright and bold and you’re good to go!  Prints are bolder, colours are brighter and silhouettes dare to bare.  So here’s your fashion overview for Spring/Summer 2012/13.

As far as prints go there are 3 main trends:

Paisley

Yip, its made a comeback AGAIN and that’s pretty much all I have to say about that.  I hate this trend!

Floral

BADGLEY MISCHKA

Badgley Mischka

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Badgley Mischka

Badgley Mischka

Florals are bold this season in bright colours and big prints…definitely not for the faint hearted.  But remember, with a print this bold accessories take a back seat…no need for over kill.  From pretty summer flare & bodycon dresses to printed jeans, this trend is definitely a must have this season.

Global traveler

BCBG

BCBG

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Chloe

Chloe

LAMB

L.A.M.B.

BCBG

BCBG

Aztec is the print of the season for me personally.  Think… I’ve just comeback from back packing in Peru and this is what I came back with.  From print tights, pants or jeans to printed tees, dresses, jerseys and Navaho accessories in neutral and spicy tones. This a great chilled look for summer…gotta have it!

When thinking of silhouettes:

The Peplum

GIVENCHY

Givenchy

Jason Wu

Jason Wu

This has to be the most interesting silhouette this season and my absolute favourite.  But remember this trend is not for everyone.  The rule of thumb is to remember that if you don’t want to draw attention to a particular part of the body do not add any form of detail to that area. So in other words if you’re rockin a Kim Kardash booty best to stay clear of the peplum but if your wanting to balance a fuller bust go for it!  This trend can be quite versatile, whether you wear a hot little dress or a peplum top with a pencil skirt or simply a pair of jeans(skinny or slim leg please!!!) the idea is to create balance.

Sporty chic

Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang

Y-3

Y-3

Altuzarra

Altuzarra

GIVENCHY

Givenchy

Sportswear is no longer just for the treadmill. Sports gear has paced itself and made it’s way onto the runway this season. This trend ranges from structured bodycon silhouettes to oversized tees, technical fabrics, sporty design and detail.  So dare to wear those trainers with your summer frock or skirt this season…I dare you!

Dare to Bare

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Emilio Pucci3

Emilio Pucci

Roland Mouret

Rouland Mouret

This season is about bareing your midriff…BUT…the key point to this trend is not to bare your navel.  Skirts are high waisted and top hemlines have become shorter and shorter.  Definitely not a trend for everyone but if you’ve crunched that stomach into submission…I say rock out with your…. abs out *grin*

1920’s

Balmain

Balmain

CHLOE

Chloe

Gucci

Gucci

The roaring twenties are back once again.  This trend is influenced not only by the fashion of the era but art work and decor too. Give Gatsby a run for his money this Spring by donning sultry cocktail and evening wear in art deco prints, rich fabrics, sleek slip silhouettes and fringing detail.

Colours this season…Brights vs Pastels

Neon

BCBG

BCBG

Jason Wu

Jason Wu

Neon is a huge trend this summer but be careful.  It’s best to go subtle with this one if you don’t want to end up looking like an extra in a Vanilla Ice music vid.  Using neon as a pop of colour is where it’s at…garment trim, maybe a necklace, pair of pumps, belt or nail colour is enough to lift a neutral outfit and still look trendy.

THE colour this season…

Yellow

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci

Marni

Marni

VALENTINO

Valentino

Lemon, citrus or neon…chillow yellow is the colour of the season.  Now yellow is a tricky one as it doesn’t suit everyone’s skin tone.  So when in doubt accessorize with a pair of statement heels or a clutch.  You can’t go wrong.

Coral

chloe

Chloe

This has to be my ultimate must have.  Everyone should have this colour in their wardrobe.  It compliments every skin tone and makes a statement

Pastel or Candy

PRADA

Prada

Now this season there’s varying degrees of pastel…there’s Candy palette and the True Pastel.  Both are equally great this Spring but in my opinion if you have fair skin tone go for true pastels but if your skin tone is eh em… “sunkissed”, go for Candy colours…they’ll pop more…trust!

Pretty in pink

Chanel

Chanel

Jason Wu

Jason Wu

VALENTINO

Valentino

Whether you go for pastel or candy, pink is always a sure fire way to get in touch with that little girl who was infatuated by cupcakes and candy necklaces…So go on, indulge.  We won’t judge *wink*

Mint

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Diane Von Furstenburg

Diane von Furstenberg

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Another colour that suits just about every complextion is mint.  This is my second favourite colour this season as it is easy to incorporate into your wardrobe.  Whether it be your nail colour, a tank top, blazer, skinnies or pumps…add this colour in every which way and you’ll be on trend.  And then perhaps top it off with some mixed metal accessories and you have a winner for sure!

Waterworld

Hakaan

Hakaan

Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou

Antonio Berardi

Antonio Berardi

Another runway trend that has trickled down is a trend called waterworld.  Right….you’re asking yourself what the F is she talking about?!  Designers have taken influence from King Neptune’s abode, using shimmering fabrics and aquatic prints and colours as their inspiration.  This one is definitely an evening trend so before you go rushing out in that sequin dress…STOP..re-asses and bag that dress untill the sun goes down.

Lace

LV1

Louis Vuitton

Valentino

Valentino

VALENTINO

Valentino

Lace is beautiful trend this season but think Crochet Vintage more than Delicate Chantilly this season….in other words think bold more than delicate.

So like I said …go bold or go home.  Dont’ be afraid to take risks with fashion…have fun with it and for God’s sakes don’t take it so seriously.  Fashion is about expression.  We are our own walking talking works of art.  Whether your style is Rembrandt, Picasso, Jackson Pollock or Magritte, dare to be you.  As with painting, if you make a mistake…you can always start over.  Find what works for you and add your own flare.  It’s always more fun to set your own trends rather than follow others…so here are the guidelines…do with them what you may but have fun in the process.

Images courtesy of Style.com

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