Spring/Summer 2012 is a real fashion pick-me-up. Think riots of color, clashing prints, high-shine metallics and an Olympic-sized dollop of sports luxe. Here's how to wear the look…
If it’s prints, prints and more prints you’re looking for, no one does it better than Mary Katrantzou and Richard Chai Love. Their collections are the perfect tonic, heady combinations of bright colors, seductive prints and expertly cut silhouettes. A key item is the printed floral or striped trouser. For the fashion brave, try clashing it with a top of a different print – or if you prefer things a little quieter, pair it with a simple white tee tucked in at the front and left loose at the back for a casual but effective take on the trend.
For anyone seduced by soft grown-up florals, Erdem continues to be a firm favorite. In keeping with the demure feel for Spring (think knee- or midi-length skirts and buttoned-up collars), his figure-skimming shifts are spot on: team with killer heels and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS-detailed clutch, and you’ll steal the thunder at any summer event.
This demure mood moves us neatly on to a key look for Spring: the ’50s redux. The fit-and-flare dress shape and ladylike attitude was seen everywhere from Rodarte’s Van Gogh-inspired, printed prom dresses to Jason Wu’s peplum-adorned pencil skirts with cute bow-belts. It’s a no-brainer look to pull off, but if you don’t want to be too saccharine, toughen it up a little by throwing a cropped leather jacket over your frock, and wear it with platform shoes rather than skinny stilettos. Accessories-wise, you can’t get much better than Viktor & Rolf’s to-die-for metallic lilac clutch with exquisite SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and bow detail: ticking off at least three trends simultaneously, this is a key piece that will instantly update your look.
If you like your ladylike glamour to have a slightly darker edge, then check out Giles’ vision of summer, both of which are perfectly suited to femme fatales. The same can be said of the seductive, film noir-influenced sexiness of Marios Schwab’s collection. Bibhu Mohapatra’s soigné beaded chiffon and lace dresses on a restrained color palette of pewter, nude and black are equally likely to release your inner vamp. And the black satin jacket dotted with jet crystals from Juan Carlos Obando’s Josephine Baker-inspired collection will quite simply rock everything from a plain tee to a sumptuous silk evening top. Yes, monochrome is having a big moment (and frankly, there’s nothing chicer), so take that laser-cut, black shift dress and pair it with a bright, white boyfriend blazer, and you’ll be giving a neat nod to the sports luxe feel that’s coursing through the collections at the speed of Usain Bolt. Feeling inspired?