~ spring 2012 Trend Report ~

3 Oct

The strongest trends for spring from ball gowns to floral suits took shape on New York Fashion Week’s runways

Sporting Goods

This season, designers use mesh to express their ongoing interest in athleticism. The perforated fabric forms skirts, dresses, jackets, and even accessories, like oversized day clutches and sporty heels.

Alexander Wang

Marc Jacobs

Rag & Bone

Alexander Wang

The Princess Diaries  

Floor-length skirts in silk taffeta, tulle, and organza are paired with everything from boxy lace to spandex tube tops to address everyone’s inner princess—even those who favor biker boots.

Jason Wu

Oscar de la Renta

Christian Siriano

Faded Glory  

Though most designers favor ultraviolet colors for spring, there is a strong counter from the pastel contingent. Baby-pink, blue, and light yellow sequins, silk, and cotton are at their best when mixed together.

3.1 Phillip Lim

Proenza Schouler

Calvin Klein

Digital Age

Vibrant florals, Navajo graphics, and apocalyptic prints are twisted, flipped, and faded through high-tech printing methods to give feminine dresses a fresh edge.

Prabal Gurung

Vera Wang

Bauhaus Brigade

The simple, functional lines used by designers like Narciso Rodriguez and Cynthia Rowley evoke the rational theory of architecture championed by the Bauhaus school in the early twentieth century.

Narciso Rodriguez

Ohne Titel

Cynthia Rowley

Floral Row

For spring, designers favor head-to-toe florals on slim-cut suits. The flowery prints descend from tailored blazers to skinny pants—or very short shorts—for surprisingly cool summer suits (and easy-to-mix separates).


Prabal Gurung

Peter Som

Peplum Power  

For spring, designers use peplums to add structure to dresses or a feminine touch to suits. Whether printed, cinched, lace, or hung low on the hips, a slight pouf at the waist will be spring’s must-have accessory.

Vera Wang

Jason Wu


For The Birds

Fashion has abandoned cats for a season and crowned the bird print king. Marc Jacobs uses a colorful, abstract print, while Carolina Herrera chooses more literal avian illustrations—and there are dozens of other interpretations offered in between.

Carolina Herrera

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Jill Stuart


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