It’s no secret that the savvy leather jacket has become the most versatile staple in anyone’s wardrobe. A garment that is now considered “a classic” was once introduced as a trend, but because of its versatility and broad appeal, the leather jacket has worked its way into every wardrobe and always remains popular. Traditional, general simple styling means that a true classic can be worn year after year and never date.
A snug-fitted leather jacket is the perfect collaboration to that classic feminine flirty piece, a tunic, skinny jeans or zipped over a flimsy dress with black opaque tights for a tough/tender look. Fun, yet functional, the end result is a collection that will eventually be a staple in your wardrobe.
Just remember though, the best way to wear this garment is of course how you take this piece and make it your own. There is a jacket for everyone!
Originally used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies, the craft of lace began in the first half of the 14th century, but did not come into widespread use until the 16th century.
Traditionally, lace was used to make tablecloths and doilies and then later in both men’s and women’s clothing, however today lace such as chantilly, kenmare, bobbin, knotted or crocheted has been reinvented and crafted into many garments including accessories such as shoes and dramatic lace skullies.
This versatile fabrication, originally made from silk or cotton, has evolved with laser-cut lace appearing throughout a number of the Resort 2012 collections. This technology savvy technique, which uses the accurate targeting of a laser cutter to precision, provides an inspired 60s retro floral anatomy cut out in modest shapes of light-hued lace and other fabrics bringing out the inner lady in all of us.
Elle Fanning in Louis Vuitton from the Spring 2012 collection
Delicate lace has also consumed the collections of many designers. Sheer fabrics and lace adorned the runways in the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta,Vera Wang, Christopher Kane and Christian Dior. Even Donna Karen’s pre-fall 2012 DKNY collection (which has previously been known for its girly grunge look) was full of obvious feminine silhouettes with laser-cut lace and eyelet used in day dresses and short and long sleeve t-shirts.
A favorite of mine channeling the Victorian lace look is the recent McQueen 2012 collection by Sarah Burton, presenting the most magnificent and intriguing display of mysteriously lace masked faces and corseted bodices. Women’s Wear Daily described it as “fetish of the prettiness sort”.
The past few seasons we have seen nothing but bright and bold colours on the runways including neon, this season the cooler palette of pastel has crept back into the fashion world with softer shades of colour ruling the runways.
Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2012
Elegant and flattering pastel hues have been prominently spotted in the Spring 2012 collections of Prada, Elie Saab, Jenny Packham, Diane von Furstenberg, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton in feminine candy-coloured shades of baby pink, mint green, soft blue and sorbet yellow.
Elie Saab 2012 Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week
Passionate for Pastel – Vogue Japan’s photoshoot with Magdalena Frackowiak
Dipped in a rainbow of pretty pastels, these beautiful colours in flowy pieces will definitely lighten up your wardrobe!
Mila Kunis in Elie Saab
Gwyneth Paltrow in Versace Atelier
As this cooler palette has hit the 2012 spring/summer international colour trends, how about using this spring inspired colour scheme and incorporating it into our upcoming winter wardrobes.
Inspired by the fashion trend of the 80s, high voltage neon’s are fast becoming the upcoming colour of choice.
From ultra violet lipstick to the bright hues of handbags, this shock of colour is a fun way to heat up your wardrobe during the cooler months.
Making a big impact on the fashion scene, this look can either be bold and daring or fun and whimsical depending on what you pair it with. Hollywood divas have embraced this trend by wearing neon pieces to accentuate their fun, flirty and very bold personalities. Think celebrities such as Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, Ricki Lee Coultre and most popularly known for this trend, Nicki Minaj.
These hues can transform a dull and boring outfit into something hot and stylish, so whether it be a bright green satchel, a hot pink dress or even an orange pair of killer heels, the key is to choose the right colours that compliment and flatter your skin.
If head to toe neon is not your thing, then perhaps opt for a single neon accessory to flatter your look.
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Whilst sensual nudes, prints, pastels and bright neons have been a favourite for 2012, another favourite trend to emerge this season is the ever so elegant classic white.
As it is commonly know, both black and white are the two most prominent colours of the fashion world, however simplicity rules this season with Spring whites popping up just about everywhere in the 2012 Spring Summer collections.
Featuring dazzling selections in pristine whites for both men and women, this beautifully minimalistic and simplistic trend celebrates the freshness and warmth of the upcoming warmer seasons.
Designers to draw inspiration from when including white girlish feminine pieces to your wardrobe (try sheer silk, cotton white and lace) include Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana and Givenchy’s white head to toe ensembles.
The great thing about adding spring whites to your wardrobe is the endless pairing possibilities they provide and for that perfect day-to-night option, simply add a little metallic i.e. gold belt to transform your look.