Thursday, 3 November 2011

Spring/Summer 2012: Catwalk Trend Report

To my regret, I wasn't able to attend the Spring/Summer 2012 shows (or cover them on City Girl Diaries), due to a crazy schedule of work and personal commitments, including a stint at British Vogue. Instead, I watched keenly from the sidelines, kept up-to-date by enthusing friends, colleagues and my usual trusty sources: various brilliant blogs, Vogue.com and Style.com. As usual, the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris presented a multitude of 'macro' and 'micro' trends (some typically spring/summer-like, some not) and there will be much to choose from, as they filter down into our favourite shops. Looking back to the shows and looking forward to wearing next year's trends myself, I knew that I couldn't ignore this crucial period in the fashion calendar, nor the influence that it will soon have on our wardrobes. Most Spring/Summer 2012 trend reports (as with other seasons), filter the trends by location or by those most dominant. As I wasn't witness to them all via the catwalks, I have simply chosen a few of my favourites, so here they are...

A Lightness of Touch
From Louis Vuitton's dainty 'doilie' princesses, to glowing versions of femininity at Valentino and to sharp, figure-flattering nude tailoring at Givenchy, Spring/Summer 2012 collections were full of light.

Louis Vuitton, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Louis Vuitton, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Valentino, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Valentino, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Givenchy, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Givenchy, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW

Glamour Redefined
For Spring/Summer 2012, glamour harbours a tough edge. Floaty runway gowns have given way to a stronger femininity. Sarah Burton again wooed Alexander McQueen fans, with her sculptural yet stunning creations. Behind beautiful, flowing silks, was a determined and androgynous vision at Haider Ackermann. Meanwhile, Christopher Kane's shimmering designs were short and sporty. When you go for glamour, wear it with strength. Pretty isn't everything.

Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Haider Ackermann, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Haider Ackermann, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Christopher Kane, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Christopher Kane, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW

Gatsby is Great
The 1920's were celebrated on the catwalks, and it seems we'll never tire of this trend. That's probably a good thing, with the release of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby scheduled for December 2012. Tory Burch's twenties-take was flattering and extremely elegant, while Marc Jacobs' flapper dresses and bold cuts were simply show-stopping. Perhaps the most Gatsby-esque of all, Ralph Lauren (who designed the costumes for the original 1974 film), returned by paying homage to those pretty pyjama pants and Jazz Age dresses.


Tory Burch, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Tory Burch, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW

Marc Jacobs, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Marc Jacobs, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Ralph Lauren, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW
Ralph Lauren, Spring/Summer 2012 RTW


Which is your favourite Spring/Summer 2012 trend?



Images: Style.com

1 comment:

  1. Kind of ironic you couldn't go to the shows because of working at British Vogue :) Sounds like your career is in full swing. Enjoy!

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