It looks like we'll be traveling under the sea for Spring 2012 — if the runways at Versace, Chanel, Jenny Packham, and Givenchy were any indication, the deep-sea fantasies from your childhood have been given a sexy, grown-up spin, and the results are pure magic. The trend isn't overdone with obvious fishtail hems or ripples of blue, but rather with clean, subtle nods to the ebbs and flows of the ocean — just see Jenny Packham's long, lithe silhouettes, Donatella Versace's seahorse-print separates, Givenchy's pretty pailettes, and the pearl-encrusted looks at Chanel (lest we forget Florence Welch performing in a giant clamshell on the runway). Not feeling all-over fish scales? You can still achieve the look in small doses with a pretty coral necklace, a delicate lace top, or layers of pearl chains. Click below to shop some of our absolute favorite mermaid-inspired pieces for Spring.
There were tons of color trends to come out of Spring 2012's runways, and one of the most prominent ones was bold blue. From pretty pastel baby blues to the deepest, darkest of navies, designers like Zac Posen, Elie Saab, Monique Lhuillier, and more showed a spectrum of rich sapphire tones that look flattering on just about anybody — and the color translates well whether you're in a dress, in a top, or just carrying a bright bag. Click through now to see and shop 15 of our favorite blue-hued pieces for the new season.
Each season it seems as though there's a new take on sheer styles, and for Spring 2012, your usual see-through pieces have that extra something special: a modern mix between full-on mesh and classic cutouts. The laser-cut look is huge this year, and we spotted perforated details on many a Spring runway. From shoes to bags, dresses to shorts, designers offered up lightweight, breathable pieces, which can take on a sporty or sexy vibe, depending on how you wear it. Designers like Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone showed athletic webbed anoraks over leggings, while Cynthia Rowley, Altuzarra, and Fendi opted for fitted, clean-cut perforated leather mixed in with basic styles. Ready to get in on the trend? We've rounded up 15 perforated pieces that will give you a sleek, airy look for Spring. Click through now to shop them all.
Spring's easy, breezy tropical print trend certainly has us in the mood to take a beach getaway. We got a taste of the island life from designers like Altuzarra, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Stella McCartney to name a few, and were thrilled to see brands like ASOS and Topshop giving their own take on the trend (and being a bit kinder to our wallets). This look definitely has Hawaiian roots, but also calls to mind far off beach excursions like Tahiti, Fiji, and Bali — giving us even more motivation to take a much-needed vacation. These flowers might be bold, but the styling tips are easy; simply pair printed trousers or blazers with minimal accompaniments for a chic and modern take on the trend. Or, don a vivid patterned dress with strappy heels for a standout evening ensemble. Click below now to shop our favorite palm-tree prints, vibrant floral motifs and surf-inspired silhouettes.
>> New York, London, Milan, and Paris — all the best trends, from all the Spring 2012 collections. Mid-century silhouettes, sherbet hues, and a dash of deco thrown in for good measure —plus more. Click through for all the key looks of the season, here in the slideshow.
We're feeling the feminine, well-bred bug for Spring — a look we saw demonstrated on the runways at Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Carven, and more. It's a pitch-perfect move for a season that already favors flirty dresses, peep-toe sandals, and pretty pastels and florals, not to mention an incredibly easy trend to try out. The '60s influences were undeniable; crisp clean short suits, full-skirted frocks, and hot pants paid homage to the days of sweet and sexy sirens like Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Sophia Loren, as did skinny cropped trousers and sleek cat-eye sunnies. See how seriously we're taking this spot-on ladylike trend; click below to shop some of our favorite '60s-inspired pieces now.
Designers like Joseph Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, and Rag & Bone showed off their sportier side for Spring 2012, sending out looks that reflected a more athletic state of mind. Neoprene anoraks, mesh tops, silky track pants, jersey hoodies, and even a dash of tropical surf wear cropped up. It certainly seemed as if the runway had transformed into a track and field frenzy for the ultrastylish set. To this point, we love the idea of styling stronger shapes and tougher materials against more flirty, feminine pieces — a perfect matchup of girlie accents and the season's sports-minded garb in one polished go. Think breezy striped frocks topped with retro varsity jackets, Alexander Wang nylon tie-shorts contrasted with modern white accessories, or a baseball-inspired sweater worn with flare jeans and quirky wedges. Are you game? Click through for five sportier ways to dress for Spring.
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Pleats may come in a range of styles — box, accordion, and knife pleats are just a few — but no matter what size or shape you opt for, it's a remarkably stylish look for Spring. We saw pretty pleated skirts on the runways at Prada, Jil Sander, and more, proving just how easy it is to look pulled-together and feminine — with little effort required. Just throw on one of these floaty pieces with a simple tee or blouse, then add a chic topper like a knit cardigan or blazer (we especially love the look with a leather jacket to edge up an evening ensemble). When it comes to shoes, pleated skirts look just as great with pointy-toe heels as they do with a pair of round-toe flats; you can also throw a pair of lace-up brogues into the mix for a boy-meets-girl, totally on-trend daytime outfit. Click through the widget below to shop our picks, all under $100.
It's a sheer, sheer world, and we're just living in it. Or so it would seem after taking a good long look at the key takeaways from the Spring '12 runways. Designers like Alberta Ferretti, Nina Ricci, Vera Wang, and Valentino embraced the romance of Spring and all of its sweet and sexy subtleties; thus, collections were jam-packed with peekaboo details. Everything from mesh cutouts to open weaves cropped up, but one of our favorite recurring trends was pretty, colorful, strategically placed sheer panels, underlays, coverlets, and more. Plus, we think showing off a hint of skin via see-through features is an effortlessly chic way to indulge your feminine side. To herald in a season of sheer madness, we've rounded up the "best of" pieces from around the web, and they just all happen to be under $100. Shop our picks below now!
To add ammunition to our dreams of exotic vacations and sun-drenched days, we've culled the top 10 trends spotted on the Spring '12 runways of New York, Paris, Milan, and London. It may not be doable to don our prettiest sheers and fringe-detailed minidresses just yet, but there's no harm in forecasting next season's sweet wardrobe additions. We adore the flashes of mint green in Rodarte and Vera Wang, we can't wait to stock up on flowy asymmetrical hemlines à la BCBG and Rachel Comey, and we're totally enamored with DKNY and Rebecca Taylor's ultra cool way of mixing casual pieces with metallics. Warm up with our editors' favorite springtime trends now.