I hope you all enjoyed my radio interview, I haven’t listened back to it yet but I hope it inspired you to try some of the new trends to hit 2012. So as promised I’m following up the interview with a big blog post featuring some of the trends I mentioned plus a little bit extra!! This season the catwalk shows produced multiple trends, and there wasn’t one hemline or particular style leading the way, so I’ve picked my top five that I believe are easily achievable and will rise in popularity as we approach Spring/Summer 2012.
So first up…the big one for this season: PASTELS
Featured here (from left) Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and more Louis Vuitton.
So last season it was all about bold block colours and this season we’re mixing our peaches with our lemons to create this ultra feminine and delicious look. On radio solent we were discussing peter pan collars being big last season, and you can see a similar shape re-occurring here this season at Louis Vuitton, however I’m predicting they may not be such a big trend this season as there is a new neckline rocking the fashion world (see my next blog post tomorrow for more). If you have fairly pale skin or feel pastels drain you, go all out on pastel accessories instead of garments this season, try a pale pink clutch bag with your normal dark work wear for instant style update. Also if you are pale skinned, mint green is your best bet rather than the pinks and the peaches.
2. THE PEPLUM SILHOUETTE
Featured here (from left) Alexander McQueen, 2x Jason Wu and Vera Wang.
So I tried to describe this shape over the airwaves and I hope I got the message across. The Peplum silhouette is out in full force this season in jackets, tops, skirts and dresses. The trick to this trend is to have a sleek line silhouette then add frill at the hip to enhance the hour glass figure. On the radio I was discussing how you can easily create the peplum silhouette without even buying a new outfit, just take inspiration from Burberry (see image below).
VIKKI WESTON TOP TIP: Start with a pencil skirt or skinny trouser to create your sleek line. Add a long top/jacket/blazer that ends at the hip, then belt at the waist with a skinny belt to create the peplum shape.
3. THE INFLUENCE OF THE GREAT GATSBY
Featured here backstage at Ralph Lauren, Gucci and a still from The Great Gatsby (from fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
BAZ LUHRMANN IS BACK!! He is my favourite film director of all time and I cannot wait to see his adaptation of The Great Gatsby! The fashion world has also shown their excitement with a lot of 1920′s inspired designs with art deco prints and patterns. For this trend think drop waist dresses and feathers!! Love it!
4. DEEP SEA/AQUATIC
Images above from Chanel SS12, including backstage and Florence Welch performing.
For me, Chanel portrayed the aquatic trend most elegantly. From Florence Welch performing from inside a giant shell to each of the models being transformed into mermaid-esque beauties with pearls down their spine, in their hair and highlighting their cheek bones. I think the easiest way to re-create this trend for yourself is combining this with the digital print trend.
Mary Katrantzou (left) and Felder Felder (right) both used aquatic digital prints in their designs, with Mary Katrantzou literally using goldfish (!!) whereas Felder Felder stuck to the aqua colour scheme. I’m predicting there are going to be some gorgeous silk scarves in aquatic digital prints, so seek them out for this trend in 2012.
5. PYJAMA TIME IS ANY TIME!
Featured here (from left) Jonathan Saunders and Stella McCartney.
Ever get that friday feeling where you just wish you could roll out of bed in your cosy jammies and have a comfy, slouchy day? Well in 2012 you can…almost. The fashion world has finally given it’s official OK to wearing comfy slouchy clothes, but we’re not quite wearing trackies and slippers just yet, this year its all about the silk pyjama suit. It oozes comfort and style through simplicity, it’s a very simple trend that requires no big accessories, just let the silk do the talking. However don’t take the bed trend too far…make up and hair perfection is kind of a must with this look as otherwise you probably will get a few weird looks in the street!
So that’s my top five!! I’ll be blogging over the next couple of days with more trends to look out for and my predictions for the fashion/olympics relationship in London.
I would love to hear what you think about the trends heading our way for 2012, so tweet me or comment below! Speak soon!
(all images used from vogue.co.uk - unless otherwise stated – and edited by me)