Even though pre-‐season shows have taken on a life (and a series of trends) all their own, they are still a fairly good indicator of what we can expect to see on the runways come fall and spring. For this week’s Trend Report we’re playing a little game in the office called “Predict the Trends”, and decided to pull together some of the most prominent looks and trends from the 2012 Resort shows as an idea of what we could see designers sending down the runways in the coming weeks.
As we kick of Fashion Week (or rather, Fashion Month) this week in NYC, we’ll be keeping a close eye on all the collections and how you can interpret, recreate and rework the looks for yourself and your closet!
Here we go…
Color, color and more color! Don’t be afraid to go head-to-toe in a shocking shade, after the drab colors of fall and winter, these intense hues will be a welcome respite for your weary eyes.
From left: Resort looks from Carven, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Pucci.
Mirrored Hawaiian prints, oversized Hibiscus flowers and fern leaves – for tops, bottoms, dresses – make a simple pattern in an in-your-face floral print for extra impact.
Resort looks from Givenchy, Stella McCartney and No.21.
Lovely in Lace
Lace may be the ultimate in feminine style, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be too stiff or constrained. Loosen up your lace by using it in a fresh way, either as an accent or in a bright, eye-catching color. Don’t be afraid to play around with lace and make it more modern and fun.
Resort looks from Erdem, No.21 and Valentino.
A Little Bit of Leather
At first glance, leather for the summer seems like a totally misguided idea. Hot leather, sweaty body? No thanks. But a touch of leather is just what you need to add a little bit of edge to your spring ensembles. Still too hot for you? Rather than creating a piece entirely out of leather, add it as an accent instead – all of the look, less of the heat. It’s a win-win situation.
Resort looks from Diane von Furstenberg, Derek Lam and Celine.
Pajama Jam or Head-to-Toe Prints
Some people refer to this as “pajama chic”, reminiscent of when your mom used to buy you matching pj sets. However, there is nary a plaid, flannel or tacky floral print in sight with this look, only cool, slightly abstract patterns that beg to be worn on both top and bottom. Are you brave enough to wallpaper yourself in print?
Resort looks from ALC, Suno and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Neon colors, exposed zippers and a healthy dose of body sculpting, surf-inspired looks are ultimate sporty summer look. An easy way to translate the look is to use bright thread to embroider the seams of your garment (like the McQ dress at left) or add a hefty exposed zipper to a simple dress or top.
Resort looks from left: McQ, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors.
Ready to get a jump start on some of these trends? If you’re looking to sew with leather, or stretchy nylon sport fabrics you need a heavy duty thread like Amann Group Mettler’s Extra Strong. Or if you’re sewing with lace or delicate silks, try their Amanda Thread.
What are you looking forward to seeing on the runways this season? Are there any designer collections you are looking forward to?