Not only did colour make a massive appearance this year, and will remain a powerful trend for 2012, but so did colour blocking and coloured prints. This love-affair of colour has in fact paved the way for an even more elaborate trend for 2012 – the fearless combinations of bright colours in both bold prints and patterns.
Designers have really stepped out of their comfort zones for their 2011-12 Autumn/Winter collections, showcasing everything from dresses to handbags in a collage of patterned concoctions.
2012 is all about breaking the rules and running wild with a myriad of mixed prints, whether it be leopard with checks, nautical stripes with tribal, stripes with floral or plaid on plaid, the possibilities are endless.
Having an instinctual understanding of pairing prints doesn’t come naturally to many of us, so the trick is to keep your mix tonal, especially when it comes to mixing stripes with other prints.
So take your look to the next level and try this trend on for size! If print on print isn’t your thing, then how about adding a little textured print to your wardrobe by simply including a snaked skinned boot or hand bag? Go on, be daring. It’s all about getting dressed up and really having some fun!
A vast change that has appeared in the fashion industry over the last year has been the influx of bright hue colours that flourished the autumn/winter fashion trends right through to the upcoming season of summer.
This wave of colour stems from the revolutionary red trousers having originated from last years A/W 2010-11 street style that had us seeing red from every direction including Riccardo Tisci’s head-to-toe red trouser suit in his Givenchy collection.
Red-hot trousers are yet again in full swing this season becoming as versatile as blue jeans and adding a “pop of colour” to an otherwise drab wardrobe.
Teamed with a white T and flats for a relaxed feel, or mixed with prints and platforms for that wow factor, this bright hue, which has been interpreted into wide-leg trousers and skinnier cuts, has been spotted on many fashion-forward celebrities and fashionistas alike.
So out with the fail-safe tedious black colours ladies and in with the bright hue jackets, coats and trousers, as colour is here to stay and will run for many years to come.
A key characteristic of popular trends is that they occur in 20 year cycles. The Milestone years to pay attention to this year will be the 70s, 50s, and 1930s.
But for the 2011 Spring/Summer collections displayed, it’s the 1970s that are due for a reinterpretation. The fully-fledged 1970s glam vibe championed by Tom Ford in the 1990s is finally back! Think of the rock hard parting 1970s rock stars and Studio 54 regulars such as the gold dust women like Bianca Jagger, Diane von Furstenberg, Diana Ross and Stevie Nicks.
For women in the 1970s, hip hugger jeans, pantsuits and hot-pants were worn with chunky platform shoes. Rachel Zoe has perfected the 70s look —part hippy chick, part disco. Rachel uses bold prints, earth tones and cultural styles which were very popular in the 1970s. Rachel shows her love for 70s fashion by wearing everything from the wooden platform shoes through to carrying the boho hippy bag.
Portman’s ambassador Abbey Lee Kershaw for the upcoming Autumn Winter 2011 campaign also shows her sporting a 70s luxurious vibe wearing beautiful prints that evoke the bohemian glamour we all think of when we read or hear about the era.
Key designers to draw 70s inspiration from are Yves Saint Laurent, Zandra Rhodes, Jean Muir, DVF (wrap dress), Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe, Cacharel, Halston, Geoffrey Beene and the Gucci by Gucci 2008 advertisement directed by David Lynch.