Trends of 2012

The following is an article which I've written for my University's Student Magazine, the Orientation Issue to be exact. My aim is to be writing Fashion related articles for them whenever I can. Enjoy it! I'm off to feast my eyes over the London Fashion Week Coverage thus far.

When crafting their collections for this year and forecasting trends, fashion’s finest seem to have been influenced by the global credit crunch. Looks were minimal, with some subtle detailing and ensembles were made more workable, as opposed to downright extravagant.

Blocked Out- Colour blocking has been featured everywhere recently; from clothing, handbags, but more so footwear. Heels featuring this colour combo will usually also have a blocked heel and this is an easy way of honouring a trend without the risk of deciding which colours to “block” yourself.
Flowergirl- Frida Kahlo has often been a source of inspiration for many of us over the years, especially her bold print dresses and floral headbands. The latter are a favourite of both Florence Welch (of Florence + Machine) and newcomer Lana Del Rey. They are appearing at summer markets and accessory stores, however they are easily something you can cheaply make yourself with a headband, strong glue and fake flowers.

Sweet as candy- While white may have been the colour du jour for many designers, pastels are starting to make a comeback. Nobody did this as well as Marc Jacobs designing for Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer collection. A heap of icing shades made their way down the runway in the form of simple garments, think shift dresses, collars and crochet florals.

Pretty hair- Again this was kept simple yet effortlessly elegant, with pearls being a popular choice of embellishment. At Louis Vuitton this meant miniature pearl headbands and at Chanel up-dos were adorned with glittering pearls.

By the sea- Designers had clearly been spending a fair amount of time at the beach, in particular Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel and the Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte. Garments were the colour of sea spray and many featured sheer panelling. So expect to see more sheer garments in pastel hues sometime soon.

Sculptured shoes- While the hype of Alexander McQueen’s armadillo heels may have finally died down, the crafted shoe is still very much alive. Marni, Moschino and Yves Saint Laurent all produced shoes to this trend and seem very inspired by Italian architecture in doing so.

Image Credits:

Blocked Out-Colour Block Wedge Heels from ASOS.com.

Flower Girl-Pheobe models a Frida Kahlo inspired garland over at her blog Lady Melbourne.

Sweet As Candy+Pretty Hair+By The Sea+Sculptured Shoes- Louis Vuitton Spring 2012, Chanel Spring 2012 and Marni Heels all from style.com. 

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