Let's talk about the most notorious week in New York City, the NY Fashion Week Spring 2012. From September 8th to September 15th we were able to see what trends, styles, cuts, silhouettes, and colors will be "in" for Spring 2012. Usually Spring shows are fun, colorful, and have lots of personalities, and this year was no different. Shades of orange and yellows were all over the runways bringing an extra reminder of the warmer climate feel in Spring. The sportswear vibe was constantly present on the runways with items such as exposed zippers, D-rings, bracer straps, plastic buckles, and many more. 20’s inspired styles became the focal point for elegance and sophistication. Print was strongly defined in New York, monochromatic colorways and bold geometric received lots of emphasis as well. Some of the set in stone trends were: sports day, sporting accessories, twenties, modern mixed with primitive patterns, primitive accessories, minimal whites, pastels, turquoise, lemon colorway, electric brights, color blocking, washed-out denim, geometrics, florals, collarless blazer, cardigan jackets, sequin tank tops, cutout shoulders, hi-lo hems, and contrast collars.
With the 2012 Olympics in mind, consumers will love to grab the sportswear idea from runways shows and translate them into their own fashion language. Many of the runway looks were very wearable and versatile for many types of customers. The trends were diverse enough where it can be easily adept by brands such as Forever 21 and H&M for lower more affordable prices.
Many of the designers kept a very casual approach, but with lots of colors and personality to each ensemble. I believe for the future designers will continue to explore organic and geometric shapes to create extraordinary prints and textiles which to me are what differentiate a collection. The way a fashion designer manipulates its prints bring a unique characteristic for the designer’s style. In the past taking high risks could have meant total fail, but today fashion reached a spot where creativity and art are well accepted and expected on the shows. Falguni & Shane Peacock had a jaw dropping show. It was a cross between Versace and Alexander McQueen. More than clothing, the show became a mobile art exposition.
BCBG Max Azria
Falguni & Shane Peacock
Oscar de la Renta
Credits: style.com and mbfashionweek.com