We may be halfway through the year, but there’s still plenty for fashion lovers to look forward to. So far, 2012 has been characterised by a love for prints, colour blocking and the surprise return of neons, and these look set to be with us all the way through the summer. Prints in particular have been everywhere, from dresses to bags and shoes, with animal prints and Aztec styles leaping out amongst the usual florals. For a few examples, check out the selection of womenswear at Bank Fashion.
Meanwhile, blocks of colour have been used in a variety of combinations to bring a lively twist to everyday ensembles by breaking up traditional lines. This use of bold hues has fed into the revival of the Bright: flowing tangerine chiffon skirts, acid green blazers and candy-pink heels have all been livening up the catwalks this year. Neon is surprisingly easy to wear and experiment with, either by pairing with neutrals or going neon-on-neon for the truly adventurous.
If you’re more of a shrinking violet, florals are the go-to trend. This year, longer-length skirts and maxi dresses in floral prints are bringing a touch of the glamorous 1940s and 50s to the table, and headscarves provide another place to mix up your prints.
With such a strong focus on colour and patterns this year, it can be handy to know what the experts think we’ll be wearing in a few months’ time. As autumn approaches, colour specialist Pantone predicts that shades will tone down a little, while still retaining the bold, eye-catching theme. Pink Flambé, Ultramarine Green and Honey Gold are their picks for the cooler months, while neutrals include the sophisticated brown French Roast and Titanium, a classic cool grey.
So what’s in store for the rest of the year and beyond? Well, the return of 1920s style, originally inspired by the TV series Boardwalk Empire, will become even more prominent with the release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby later on in 2012. This means we’re likely to see a modern take on flapper fashion – expect glamorous drop-waist dresses, headbands and fascinators to come into style. The preppy nautical and sporty styles that originated in the Jazz Age – think tennis and golf shirts with long shorts – should also be more popular than ever.
Really enjoyed sifting through the Stella McCartney Resort 2013 images over at Fashionologie. Think the garden setting was clever (and obvs intentional), as all the pieces from this collection, are fun, upbeat and Summer fete-inspired!
Stoked to see that the neon trend is still going strong, and spilling into more and more seasons. Oh, and both the lace and floral print trends don’t seem to be going anywhere either.
Lookbook lusting! My favs from the collection…