Ladies, they’ve been found. Four of the new trends for spring/summer ’12. The clashing textures, the joyful colours, the brilliant silhouettes, the feminine whites and playful prints. That’s right. The new season is all about having fun with your wardrobe. From Mary Katrantzou’s blue, yellow and red flowered blazor, to Prada’s car print clutch bag and also to Marc Jacobs’s open-toe wedge made from baby-blue faux fur, dark green and red leather, and edged with shiny metallic trimming. The new trends really are an exciting and enjoyable head-to-toe-affair.
This trend is really just all about the clash of prints, textures and fabrics and anything else you dare to throw together. Be brave and you will be brilliant. Tip: imagine the end product of a tinsel factory, combined with a sweet factory, combined with the paint section in B&Q exploding and you’ll have an idea of this trend. Meadham Kirchhoff designs dominated the catwalks in a combination of feather skirts, bright yellow knee-high socks, fluffy shoes, blue gloves and a cream feminine long-sleeved shirt. Yes.
As serious as we may take it, fashion just got fun. Try mixing Topshop’s short, feather head-band, £20.00 in black, with a cream or pale coloured knit, a leather jacket and colourful jeans in eye-popping prints. Topshop have some bright-patterned skinnies that will make this trend everything it needs to be. My favourite are the Hawaiian floral skinnies, £38 and the MOTO Unicorn print skinnies, £45.
Distressed bleached denim, white cotton shirts, cream smock t-shirts, pale pink pin-striped trousers – oh how pretty you are! This trend is about loose, languid clothing to keep you cool during summer. You know the sorts of people you see lounging around in the grass on a hot summer’s day, without a care in the world? Well is this not how a white, angelic smock-top should make you feel as it ripples against the summer’s breeze?
On a hot summer’s day, this trend is as good as it gets. River Island has some fantastic pieces perfect for this trend. Light, blue wash super skinnies, £40 and cream pu panelled skinnies, £40 can be purchased there. H&M also has a range of pale coloured shirts and smock t-shirts ranging from £18-£26 and are of a very similar design to the shirts seen on the catwalk, by Erdem and Chloe.
Colour is no longer used sparingly. No more just ‘throwing’ on that red top, as if by accident, to match your red lipstick. No more randomly pairing that burgundy clutch with your dark outfit to stop people thinking you’re in mourning. Think energetic, lively, cheerful thoughts from the moment you dress your head to the moment you put on your shoes.
Jonathan Saunders favoured the pastels for the catwalk shows, but jewel colours are also having a moment. Shades of teal, green, ruby, purples, pink and burgundy are all as valuable as each other and just as show-stopping. Did somebody say Joseph? Because his Technicolor Dreamcoat paired with Topshops’s bright blue skinnies, £38 is kind of the look we’re going for here.
Sporting the look
The Olympics is happening here in London so we can really get a little more overly excited about this trend compared to others. Saturating everything, sport-tech fabrics, jumpers, body-con dresses, one-shoulder dressers are taking over: long-sleeved dresses, oversized shiny jackets that resemble smock-shirts, trousers and even skirts, both knee length and above the knee. And if Tommy Hilfiger’s cute pastel dress is anything to go by, it could even work as work attire as well as for leisure.
Because this trend is dominating everything in fashion right now, it suits all figures; a body-con dress will emphasise curves, while high-waisted trousers will lengthen the legs. A dress made out of sport-tech fabric that cinches in the waist will give you curves even if you’re naturally small and girls who want to hide the less favourable parts of their body may choose a loose smock-style dress or a baggy jumper and trousers in colours ranging from yellow, to pink, to blue and even tie-die prints.
The beauty is that some silhouettes can be forgiving while, at the same time, other silhouettes in the same trend fit like a body-con and can accentuate the parts you love the most. Topshop has three of my favourite pieces that fit this trend. The Grey Coated Raincoat, by Boutique, £120, the Co-ord Jacquard Panther Joggers, £35 and Mink Wet-Look Leggings, £18. Take your pick from River Island’s range of white, baggy blouses ranging from £18 – £28. Never let it be said that certain trends don’t spoil you!
Image courtesy of CephlaSparks, Topshop and River Island