2012 Spring/Summer collections are hitting the mannequins in the Northern Hemisphere, and will soon be seen Down Under thanks to overseas shopping trips, online buying, and some stock available in Australian boutiques. What we’ll see is more of already-established trends and a few novelties, but with an overall tendency to colour and fitted, feminine silouettes.
Following the massive injection of colour at previous fashion weeks, floral patterns in bold colours are as crazy or as elegant as you like them – I’m thinking about Moschino bright pink and yellow flowers, versus Ferragamo’s more subtle prints. Flowers are also applied widely as accessories’ embellishment – see Moschino and Jimmy Choo shoes.
After the big come-back with Kate’s Royal wedding dress, lace was the big trend of 2011. No longer confined to lingerie only, lace is ruling on the street and on the catwalk: white or in vivid colours, on clothes or accessories, it’s a guarantee for an elegant lady-like look.
And as anticipated more than 6 months ago on these pages, extravagant foulard prints are – still – on shoes, purses, dresses, tops and bottoms – see the captivating femininity of Dolce e Gabbana fashion show.
Breaking with current or recent trends, a few designers suggested the come-back of ethnic style, with earthy colours, tribal patterns, beaded details and bold, primitive jewellery.
As for the dominant decades of inspiration, the 50s are well alive in designs by Miu Miu, Prada – where accessories, in particular, evoke a beautiful 50s American-diner atmosphere – Dolce e Gabbana, Moschino, Pucci and Dior. Details include bustier tops, high waist, full skirts, butterfly glasses and pastel colours.
On the other hand, the amazing Gucci collection leads a wave of 20s reminiscence with flapper style, drop-waist, metallic geometries, lame’ and sequins.