Women’s Fashion Week Round-Up Spring 2012

With the autumn/winter fashion week series already behind us, it’s high time to make sure your wardrobe is ready for the upcoming season – spring. The weather’s getting better day by day and less and less winter coats can be seen in the streets. It’s time to show off what you learnt from the spring/summer runway shows last autumn. Or, if you missed out on the action, you’ve come to the right place. Get to know what’s hot now in the fashion world and what pieces to invest in for an up-to-date look.

Inspired by Sportswear

Casual cool, comfortable shapes with a feminine twist inspired by sportswear were big on the catwalks, pioneered by the likes of Alexander Wang, Versace, Prabal Gurung, Altuzarra and others. Tennis gear-inspired dresses and skirts featured prominently. Other styles embracing the new trend included shorts and trouser suits. Colour schemes were kept minimal with lots of whites and blacks.

The trend is likely to see a major following due to its versatility and overall comfort factor.

On the high street, find and purchase similar styles at shops like H&M and New Look.

A Step Back in Time

Ladies we’re in for a treat. The runways were flooded with floatingly feminine clothing inspired by 1920s fashion, featuring dreamy dropped waists, sequin embellishment and jewelled elements. Sparkling fabrics, sheer lace and even feathers were used to design some of the stunning outfits. Showcased by the likes of Etro, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Carolina Herrera and more, the trend has already started infiltrating high street retailers, particularly their dress, blouse and skirt sections.

High street retailers to look out for are Topshop and Miss Selfridge, both avid promoters of femininity.

On Safari

Classic khaki colour blocks and cargo trousers is definitely not how this trend should be interpreted. Instead, think bold tribal and animal world-inspired prints in fabrics not all appropriate to be worn when on safari… The trend could be seen incorporated in dresses, blouses, trousers and even accessories. Hermes, Marni, Michael Korsa and Donna Karan among others were seen showing off products that fit the category.

High street retailers keen on the trend are River Island and Urban Outfitters.

Ladies Through the Ages

Bold colour hues, textured embellishments and funky patterns revitalised classic feminine shapes like the tight-fitting knee-length dress and cinched coat. Featured most prominently in dresses, the designs accentuated the feminine figure and ensured a high level of sex appeal.The biggest ambassadors for this particular trend were Proenza Schouler, Nina Ricci, Prada and Valentino.

For fabulously feminine women’s dresses on the high street, visit AllSaints.

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